It’s hard to imagine Nine Inch Nails being afraid of, well, anything. From massive and immersive music experiences to calling out Kanye West, it’s not easy to think of something that could rattle this band—until you hear Trent Reznor recount the band’s near-death experience following Coachella.
In a recent interview with the Quietus, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross were asked to recall a time they found themselves in a situation where they felt they weren’t going to get out without death or serious injury.
Ross took this one first.
“As a middle aged father I don’t tend to get into those kind of situations any more. Let me see… I lived in New York just after the acid house period, just before I got clean and I won’t go into detail but I had some very… ah… well, I did have had a gun shoved in my mouth once. That was probably the most terrifying one. A more recent example was our flight from fucking Coachella to Vegas. I wasn’t sure we were going to survive that.”
Cue Reznor jumping in with his impression of a plane dropping vertically before chiming in.
“I don’t know how typical it was…Bassnectar was on the flight too. And I remember him sitting next to me and I wasn’t sure who he was at first. But when you have a near death experience on a plane, that changes everything. We may have been holding hands by the time we regained altitude. I never used to be conscious of it but now I’m aware that I’m in a flying tin can of potential death every time I step onto a plane.”
You can catch Nine Inch Nails on tour this fall at the cities and dates listed below.
Nine Inch Nails tour dates:
09/13 – Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre
09/14 – Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre
09/18 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks
09/19 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks
09/24 – Memphis, TN @ Orpheum Theater
09/26 – Atlanta, GA @ Fox Theatre
09/27 – Atlanta, GA @ Fox Theatre
09/29 – Nashville, TN @ Ascend Amphitheater
10/09 – Washington, DC @ The Anthem
10/13 – New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall
10/14 – New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall
10/19 – Boston, MA @ Boch Center
10/20 – Boston, MA @ Boch Center
10/22 – Detroit, MI @ Fox Theater
10/23 – Detroit, MI @ Fox Theater
10/25 – Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
10/26 – Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
11/23 – New Orleans, LA @ Saenger Theatre
11/24 – New Orleans, LA @ Saenger Theatre
11/27 – Irving, TX @ The Pavilion
11/28 – Irving, TX @ The Pavilion
12/03 – San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
12/07 – Los Angeles, CA @ Palladium
12/08 – Los Angeles, CA @ Palladium
12/11 – Los Angeles, CA @ Palladium
12/12 – Los Angeles, CA @ Palladium