'Hurt' So Good

Originally published in NME on April 1, 2005

NINE INCH NAILS brought their comeback double header to an astonishing climax in LONDON last night (March 31).

The industrial legends, led by Trent Reznor, played two nights at the Astoria, to preview hotly anticipated new album ‘Halo 19: With Teeth’, released on May 2.

Reznor was joined by a new Nine Inch Nails line-up featuring former Icarus Line guitarist Aaron North and bass player Jeordie White, best known for his time as Twiggy Ramirez in Marilyn Manson’s band.

The band played new tracks ‘You Know What You Are?’, ‘The Line Begins To Blur’ and new single ‘The Hand That Feeds’.

But the biggest cheer of the night was reserved for ‘Hurt’, the closing track from 1994’s ‘The Downward Spiral’, which has since taken on a further legendary status since it was covered by an elderly Johnny Cash and became the late country singer’s epitaph.

The show ended with the classics ‘Starfuckers Inc.’ and ‘Head Like A Hole’.

The setlist was:

Nine Inch Nails return to the UK for a sold-out tour in July.

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