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Nine Inch Nails say goodbye to the United States

June 14, 2009 |  3:14 pm
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Fans surely knew the day was coming, but Trent Reznor offered a reminder early this morning in Manchester, Tenn., telling the crowd at the three-day Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival that his performance with Nine Inch Nails would be the band's last in America.

"It just dawned on me that this is our last show ever in the United States," Reznor is quoted by the Associated Press. "Don't be sad. I'll keep going. But I think I'm going to lose my ... mind if I keep doing this, and I have to stop."

Reznor noted earlier this year that Nine Inch Nails would "disappear for a while" in a posting on the band's website, but sounded a little more finite in his declaration from the Bonnaroo stage. Of course, Reznor's statements have been vague enough to not completely shut the door, leaving open the possibility for more studio work under the Nine Inch Nails banner. Additionally, retirements in rock 'n' roll tend to be short-lived, and this year's Bonnaroo saw the return of Phish, which broke up in 2004. 

The Times recently reviewed Nine Inch Nails' farewell tour with Jane's Addiction, and didn't find the band's vitality remotely diminished, writing that Nine Inch Nails would be going out on a "creative hot streak." With 2007's "Year Zero," and last year's "The Slip," Reznor's ambitions, and aggressiveness, haven't shown any signs of waning. Reznor brings the Nine Inch Nails goodbye tour to Europe later this month.

-- Todd Martens

Photo: Trent Reznor. Credit: Associated Press
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