Nine Inch Nails and Jane's Addiction at DTE
It didn't quite strike the same chord as the original Lollapalooza in 1991 when Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor's industrial angst was gaining momentum and the festival founder Perry Farrell's Jane's Addiction was saying farewell at its peak, but Sunday night's show sure did bring back a whole bunch of good memories.
Opening up the action was Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello's new outfit Street Sweeper Social Club whose debut self-titled CD is set to be delivered June 16. Fronted by the Coup's Boots Riley, Morello describes SSSC's sounds as "revolutionary party jams" and with their cover of M.I.A.'s "Paper Planes" it'd be hard to argue with the former Rager.
Reznor's been pretty vocal that this would be NIN's last outing for awhile, so fans -- even under the still blazing sun -- intensely took in the stripped down set that was heavy on the hits. From "Pretty Hate Machine" classics like "Sin" and "Terrible Lie" and the show's closing anthem of "Head Like a Hole" (sadly NIN ran out of time and didn't get to end with "The Downward Spiral"'s masterpiece "Hurt"), Reznor -- joined again by on-again off-again NINner guitarist Robin Finck -- blasted through a powerful and emotional journey that fans will sorely miss if his stay away from the white-hot spotlight is an extended one.
Jane's -- well, it was great to see Farrell, Dave Navarro, drummer Stephen Perkins and original bass player Eric Avery all together again. With Farrell hyping the crowd with chants of "Deeetroit basketball" before he figured out it was the Red Wings he was supposed to be cheering for, the always flamboyant frontman - who did chug a lil vino while Jane's rocked -- definitely was enjoying himself even if the intensity and passion in the music was not always there.