Are [artist id="1001"]Nine Inch Nails[/artist] finished?
That's the question many are asking after NIN mastermind Trent Reznor posted a blog entry on the band's official site on Monday that seemed to hint the group will be taking a rather indefinite hiatus.
Titled "A note from Trent and a wave goodbye," the post detailed the time Reznor had recently spent in the studio with the reunited Jane's Addiction, "experimenting" and recording "lots of guitar solos." Reznor wrote in a nostalgic tone about early shows with Jane's — the bands shared the stage on the inaugural run of the Lollapalooza festival in 1991. They were "truly the best times I've had," he said. Then he revealed that the two bands plan to share the stage on a U.S. tour later this year.
He also dropped an even bigger bombshell: That tour will be NIN's last.
"In NIN world, 2009 marks the 20th anniversary of our first releases," Reznor wrote. "I've been thinking for some time now it's time to make NIN disappear for a while. Last year's Lights in the Sky tour was something I'm quite proud of and seems like the culmination of what I could pull off in terms of an elaborate production. It was also quite difficult to pull off technically and physically night after night and left us all a bit dazed.
"After some thought, we decided to book a last run of shows across the globe this year," the post continues. "The approach to these shows is quite different from last year — much more raw, spontaneous and less scripted. Fun for us and a different way for you to see us and wave goodbye. I reached out to Jane's to see if they'd want to join us across the U.S., and we all felt it could be a great thing. Will it work? Will it resonate in the marketplace? Who knows. Are there big record-label marketing dollars to convince you to attend? Nope."
It's not clear from the post whether Reznor plans on retiring the NIN moniker completely — i.e. no more albums — or if he's just taking the band off the road for good. Nine Inch Nails are currently on tour in Australia and New Zealand. Earlier this month, it was announced that they would appear at the Bonnaroo festival, scheduled for June 11-14 in Manchester, Tennessee.
Spokespeople for NIN and Jane's could not be reached for comment by press time.