By Patrick Doyle
Trent Reznor has stayed busy in the four years since Nine Inch Nails' farewell tour. In November, Reznor broke the news to Rolling Stone that the band is working on new material. "All signs point to yes," he said. "There are some things in the works."
Today on his website, Reznor confirmed he is rebuilding Nine Inch Nails with an almost entirely new lineup, including bassist Eric Avery (formerly of Jane's Addiction), guitarist Adrian Belew (King Crimson), keyboardist Alessandro Cortini (NIN), keyboardist Josh Eustis (Puscifer, Telefon Tel Aviv) and drummer Ilan Rubin (NIN, Lostprophets)." "Nine Inch Nails are touring this year," Reznor writes. "The first shows will begin this summer, followed by a full-on arena tour of the U.S. this fall, and lots of other dates worldwide to follow through 2014."
Reznor revived the project while working with the King Crimson guitarist. "I was working with Adrian Belew on some musical ideas, which led to some discussion on performing, which led to some beard-scratching, which (many steps later) led to the decision to re-think the idea of what Nine Inch Nails could be, and the idea of playing a show. Calls were made to some friends, lots of new ideas were discussed, and a show was booked -- which led to another, which somehow led to a lot of shows."
Reznor has a full plate: his other band, How to Destroy Angels -- his project with wife Mariqueen Maandig, Rob Sheridan and Atticus Ross -- release their new album March 5, and will tour in April.
Despite NIN's "Wave Goodbye" tour, Reznor maintains the band never ended. "I never said that that wasn't going to happen, just that it couldn't go on as it was," he told Rolling Stone. "Having a few years doing other things, I've enjoyed [them] and I'm enjoying doing How to Destroy Angels, and there will be a place for stuff that falls in the Nine Inch Nails column of things. It's a different kind of work."
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