Yesterday, Nine Inch Nails revealed a string of tour dates that won’t be happening over the coronavirus pandemic but their tour merch is on sale anyway and one particular item is bringing back their past beef with Ted Cruz.
They’re selling merch printed for the tour with process going towards local food banks but a tote bag on the site is taking a dig at Ted Cruz related to a 2018 incident between the politician and the band.
To backtrack, in 2018 Trent Reznor said during a concert in at the Pavilion in Irving, Texas that Ted Cruz was asking to be added to their guest list. He asked the crowd during the show to “raise your hand, you guys, nothing to be ashamed of, just checkin’.”
He then said “he might be here tonight” before revealing he told the Republican to “fuck off” when asked about guest list.
“We put him on [the guest list] a few years ago; he drank all the beer, and was just a pain in the a– to be around,” he continued.
Cruz denied Reznor’s comments in a tweet where he called it #FakeNews.
To all the gullible reporters who are “reporting” that I asked to be on the guest list at a Nine Inch Nails concert: uh, no, NIN is not my music taste. He was clearly joking. And for the record, I also didn’t “drink all his beer” the last time…but I would have! #FakeNews https://t.co/ZNr292SCVl
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) November 29, 2018
Now, Nine Inch Nails are going back to the hilarious comments about Ted Cruz drinking all of their beer with the description for their new tote bag.
“From the 2020 Cold and Black and Infinite tour that never happened. Commemorate the memories you’ll never forget. Every song we’ve ever written played every night. Tapeworm debut / reunion. Complimentary mango La Croix for everyone. Ted Cruz puking by the bus,” the description reads.
Going a step further, their wall flag for the tour takes another political jab without naming any names.
“Since reality and truth are now malleable and subjective, perhaps this tour really did happen and it was awesome. Every single comment on the internet about it was positive,” it reads.
As we reported yesterday, they revealed tour dates for several cities that weren’t announced due to the pandemic.
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I was just reminded today marks the two year anniversary of when we made you show up in person for the Cold and Black and Infinite tour. Strange to think about with the world the way it is now. I look forward to the day we can once again safely be in the same space and share the experience of screaming at the top of our lungs at each other. . Speaking of which, I suppose I can let you know we HAD a tour booked this fall that continued and expanded Cold and Black and Infinite. @jehnnybeth was coming along with us. We were excited. I’m bumming myself out right now. The what-could-have-been dates are below and we had some merch for that tour in production that we’re putting in the store (link in bio) with all of NIN’s profits going to local food banks in the cities we were going to play. . The current plan is to finish up some scoring projects, work on my limited patience skills, deep dive into new NIN material, and hopefully be playing music live for you in 2021. In the meantime… listen to Jehnny’s record (comes out June 12), continue to listen to Bowie, and don’t be too hard on yourself. . TR 5.19.20 . If you’re feeling nostalgic, check out the incredible fan-made full length concert film at link in bio. . P.S. How in the fuck did you pull this off? . Sep 15 + 16 San Diego, CA – Open Air Theatre Sep 19 Los Angeles, CA – LA State Historic Park Sep 22 + 23 + 24 Vancouver, BC – Queen Elizabeth Theatre Sep 26 + 28 + 29 Seattle, WA – Paramount Theatre Oct 1 Seattle, WA – Paramount Theatre Oct 8 + 9 Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theatre Oct 11 + 12 Minneapolis, MN – The Armory Oct 15 Grand Rapids, MI – Deltaplex Oct 17 Indianapolis, IN – Indiana Farmers Coliseum Oct 19 + 20 + 21 Philadelphia, PA – The Met Oct 23 + 24 + 26 + 27 + 29 Toronto, ON – Venue TBA . Photo: @jimlouvau
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