But the faithful never lost hope that someday, he'd return to NIN, and, in February, Reznor announced that he was reforming the group ... though only to tour. Of course, as these things tend to go, a few shows weren't nearly enough, and on Thursday (June 6), Nine Inch Nails revealed they've been working on a whole lot more than just tour routing.
NIN are back in full swing, with a brand-new single — "Came Back Haunted," which sounds very much like an updated take on something from the Pretty Hate Machine era (maybe "Sin?") and is streaming in full over on their Tumblr. They've got a new album, Hesitation Marks (due September 3 through Columbia Records), and a full-blown arena tour, set to kick off September 28 in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Yes, it's a very good day indeed for NIN fans.
"Came Back Haunted" is already available through iTunes, and fans who pre-order Hesitation Marks (NIN's first album since 2008's The Slip, which was initially released for free) through the site will instantly receive a download of the single.
And as for that tour, well, it's called "Nine Inch Nails: Tension 2013," and, according to Reznor, it's a continuation of their epic 2008 trek — "'Tension' picks up where 'Lights in the Sky' left off," he said in a statement. "This is the full-on NIN live experience, realized as we never could before." — oh, and the opening acts are none too shabby, either, with Explosions in the Sky and Godspeed You! Black Emperor supporting NIN on various dates. In short, 2013 just got a whole lot better.
Tickets for Tension 2013 go on sale to the general public Friday, June 14 through LiveNation, and fans who register at NIN.com will receive exclusive first access before the tix go on sale to the general public.
Dates for Nine Inch Nails "Tension 2013" tour:
»9/28 - St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
»9/30 - Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
»10/1 - St. Louis, MO @ Chaifetz Arena
»10/3 - Montreal, QC @ Centre Bell
»10/4 - Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Center
»10/5 - Cleveland, OH @ Wolstein Center
»10/7 - Auburn Hills, MI @ The Palace of Auburn Hills
»10/8 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Petersen Events Center
»10/11 - Boston, MA @ TD Garden
»10/14 - Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center
»10/15 - Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center
»10/18 - Washington, DC @ Verizon Center
»10/19 - University Park, PA @ Bryce Jordan Center
»10/21 - Raleigh, NC @ PNC Arena
»10/22 - Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
»10/24 - Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena
»10/30 - Sunrise, FL @ BB&T Center
»10/31 - Orlando, Fl @ Amway Center
»11/5 - San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center
»11/8 - Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center
»11/9 - Phoenix, AZ @ US Airways Center
»11/11 - El Paso, TX @ Don Haskins Center
»11/13 - Broomfield, CO @ 1stBank Center
»11/15, 16 - Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint
»11/18 - Portland, OR @ Rose Garden Arena
»11/19 - Spokane, WA @ Spokane Arena
»11/21 - Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena
»11/22 - Seattle, WA @ KeyArena
»11/24 - Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place
»11/25 - Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome