Two years after a virtual ceremony for their initial induction, a live performance took place at Blossom Music Center in Reznor’s hometown of Cleveland, Ohio, on Saturday (September 24).
The group – who haven’t played in Ohio since 2013 – performed six songs from their ‘Pretty Hate Machine’ era; ‘Sin’, ‘Wish’, ‘Gave Up’ and ‘Eraser’. The band also performed a cover of Filter‘s ‘Hey Man Nice Shot’ before closing out the set with their seminal hit, ‘Head Like A Hole’.
Check out fan-shot footage of the show below:
During the virtual ceremony, Pop likened listening to the industrial rock outfit as “hearing the truth”. “Listening to Nine Inch Nails’ music — which is so often called “industrial” — I actually hear a lot of funk… on top of that is a focused and relentless process of emotional destruction which paints a portrait of pain, pressure, and dissatisfaction.
“It’s… the sound of industrial and digital ambition.”
Nine Inch Nails’ latest albums, ‘Ghosts VI: Locusts’ and ‘Ghosts V: Together’, were released in March 2020.
In a four-star review of the surprise double offering, NME‘s James McMahon said the albums “eerily captures the mood of a world rocked by crisis”.
“‘Ghosts: V-VI’ is music for daydreams. But it’s only fair and decent for us to let you know that it’s also music for nightmares too.”