Nine Inch Nails tickets on sale

Trent Reznor has been quite the busy man in 2008. As Nine Inch Nails, he put out the Internet-only instrumental project Ghosts I-IV in March and the eighth proper NIN studio album The Slip in May.

Though its lights may be presently turned off, John Paul Jones Arena is about to get a lot darker. Industrial rocker Trent Reznor, a.k.a. Nine Inch Nails, will be coming to JPJ on Wednesday, November 5 at 7pm. Tickets for the show go on sale this morning 10am.

One of the most influential musicians of the '90s, Reznor started out as a 23-year-old burgeoning songwriter and keyboardist in Cleveland, frustrated that he couldn't put together a band that played his music the way he imagined it in his head. So, in 1988, he took a cue from Prince, and decided to start playing all the instruments except drums on his songs, and began recording and performing under the name Nine Inch Nails.

It didn't take long for the rest of the music world to take notice. Despite the fact that Reznor had no record deal with a major label and no Top 40 singles, Nine Inch Nails' 1989 debut Pretty Hate Machine's dark yet dance-able music captured the imaginations of a generation of angst-ridden teens who would go on to buy more than 3 million copies. It is the first independent-label album to go platinum in American recording history.

Building on the strength of his debut, Reznor made three key investments with his newfound wealth in the early '90s: he founded his own label, Nothing Records; he signed then unknown shock-rocker Marilyn Manson; and he moved into the house at 10050 Cielo Drive in Los Angeles, the house where members of the Manson Family (no relation to Marilyn) murdered actress Sharon Tate in 1969.

It was at this infamous address where Reznor recorded the Nine Inch Nails album The Downward Spiral. This 1994 album proved to be Nine Inch Nails' mainstream breakthrough reaching #2 on the Billboard albums chart, selling over 7 million copies worldwide, largely on the strength of the disturbing video for the single "Closer," which MTV famously refused to air in its original form. The album also contained the closing track "Hurt," which Johnny Cash covered in 2002 and became a surprise hit just months before his death. In 2003, Rolling Stone would rate The Downward Spiral as the 200th greatest album of all time.

Since this magnum opus, Reznor has continued to be a big seller, despite taking long hiatuses between albums. He scored two consecutive #1 albums with 1999's double-disc The Fragile and 2005's With Teeth. Recently, however Reznor has picked up the pace, putting out three Nine Inch Nails projects in less than two years (six if you count each of the instrumental Ghosts I-IV as an individual album). He's also continued to innovate on the business side of the music industry, selling his last two albums exclusively online, allowing fans to pay what they wished for the music (including $0), and encouraging computer-savvy musicians to remix his music by making it available through Creative Commons, an Internet-based non-profit that makes artistic material available online for any use for free.

Tickets for this show, however, will not be free. They cost between between $27 and $51.50, and they will be available through the JPJ website, or by calling 1-888-JPJ-TIXS.




Is he the one who had the Cielo Drive house demolished?

He never bought the house on Cielo. Do any fact checks take place at this paper?

"Reznor rented the infamous Hollywood Hills house at 10050 Cielo Drive to record The Downward Spiral in 1993; he took the door with him before the owners razed the place."

Also, I'll add that you misspelled Beverly Hills as "Beverley" Hills, and the house was actually in the Hollywood Hills, which is a different area.

Dear Anonymous,

True enough that 10050 Cielo Drive is slightly northwest of Beverly Hills and that Trent Reznor rented the house. Thanks for the catch.

Lindsay Barnes

Tickets aren't too terribly expensive. I'm there!

Thanks for the correction, Lindsay.

Reznor could of recorded his album anywhere, but he chose to rent the Cielo house where six innocent people were brutally murdered. Why did he record there? Signs some creep with the stage name Marilyn Manson. Why pick that name? Takes the Cielo door that had Sharon Tate's blood on it for his new studio. Talk about disrespect for the dead. Making a buck and stealing fame off the backs of completely innocent murder victims. How would Reznor/MM feel if their family members were murdered then used/victimized again like that? There is NO excuse.

Oh good grief. It's just rock star behavior and badassery. Don't read too much into it.

Reznor has repeatedly stated that he didn't know the house was the Tate house when he rented it. I don't think he has much reason to lie about that - most of his fans would probably think it "cooler" if he had known.

Signing Manson was a shrewd business decision. Manson was profitable, and Reznor had a lot to do with that.

"Making a buck and stealing fame..." are you kidding? Reznor earned his fame with PHM and TDS. Manson earned his fame by being outrageous on one album and having a great producer on the next. The vast majority of folks who listen to either probably don't even know anything about the Tate murders, the Tate house or the Manson family.

Comments like that make me cry for our future.