Marc Okubo guitarist of Veil Of Maya and I. Sick show with After The Burial and Misery Signals!
3. Letting You
5. March of the Pigs
6. Head Down
7. The Frail
9. Gave Up
10. The Warning
12. Ghosts 21
13. Ghosts 28
14. Ghosts 19
16. The Greater Good
18. Terrible Lie
20. Ghosts 31
22. The Hand That Feeds
23. Head Like a Hole
25. The Good Soldier
26. God Given
28. In This Twilight
First concert I have ever been to outside of Michigan. Nine Inch Nails Saturday night in the Rimrock Auto Arena. I can guarantee it was the loudest concert I’ve been too!!! I have never witnessed in my life so much chaos, just to stay up front row. My dad and I left about 5 P.M., two and half hours before the show started (7:30 P.M.), to make sure we would get a good spot right up front. Of course people who bought VIP and pre-sale tickets were let in first and were already on there way to the stage. Technically Dad and I were the first ones in line with regular tickets. A security guard told us we could stay inside and be the first in line for regular tickets, then the other security tried telling us we had to go outside. Of course, my dad argued and we stayed inside. We were right behind the people, right in Front with their bodies pinned to the barricade. Had a perfect view the entire set! And I had a phone this time, to take pics and video :P
Opening the show was group from the UK called “The Bug” fusing raving techno and Jamaican music. A DJ and an African female vocalist. The DJ owned, but the female vocalist I just couldn’t stand. She sung in English, but I couldn’t really tell what she was saying most of the time. On stage she was groping herself and the whole time I thought she has real hair, it turned out to be a wig she pulled off while shouting she was crazy. At the end of the set, my mind immediately said, WTF did I just watch!? They played over a half hour.
People started chanting Nine Inch Nails to get on stage right after The Bug ended. Finally what everyone was waiting for, Industrial Rock at it’s best: Nine Inch Nails! The light show was breath taking, just jaw dropping! Very trippy stuff!
I’ve been to plenty of concerts where what passed for a light show was a couple of weak strobes under a puff of stage fog.
It must have taken an army of MIT engineers to create the show and a small nuclear power plant to keep it running. There were layers of screens, walls behind walls, curtains 15 feet tall and stretching 50 feet across the stage. The screens projected images and patterns, smoke, dead trees, a post-apocalyptic city on fire, a pistol morphing into a cross. Sometimes the band played behind the screens, sometimes just in front. The colors pulsed and shimmered and exploded, often timed to the music with its loud, deep throb pounding your chest like a defibrillator. One visual made it look like it was raining inside the venue!!!!
Everyone was going insane smashing into each other just to reach the barricade, by shoving there way through or crowd surfing by landing on people.I was practically smothered the entire time. Just bodies upon bodies all bunched up together. I was drenched in Sweat and I also had a cute little blonde behind me scratching the hell out of my back so she didn’t fall over and she eventually disappeared with all the pushing and shoving going on (Never got the chance to really ask her name or number) A whole entire row of people fell back like the Domino effect. While taking pictures, I dropped my phone and went down a brown hair girls shirt. She handed it back to me, and just gave me a big smile. I also lost my left shoe for a long time, but my foot magically slid back into it. I also witnessed a kid getting his glasses smashed onto the barricade from all the pushing from everyone. My dad was getting nauseated and kept fighting to stay up front. Finally the security started pouring bottled waters into our mouths to cool us down a little. It literally felt like I dropped 30 degree’s from just drinking a little water.
Trent just had so much energy. You could see his veins bulging out and the sweat just pouring onto the stage floor! And of course, Josh Freese tweaked the drumming of the songs and made them sound more Epic! Especially during March Of The Pigs and Piggy! My favorite part would have to be of been the Instrumental Version of the set with Ghosts. Josh was so sweet on the drums. It was just so amazing, with the visuals surrounding the band.
After “Head Like A Hole”, the entire screen formed in giant letters, NIN. Then the encore started. During “God Given”, a pistol attached with the cross appeared on top of the screen. Everyone held up the lighters for “Hurt”. The set ended with Twilight!
Next time NIN comes around be sure to see them. Trent Reznor is the best live act I have seen. Some of you are probably thinking WTF! You seen Black Sabbath, Megadeth, Gwar, etc and your going to say NIN?! Well Trent just had so much energy and the visuals/lighting were the best I have ever seen and I don’t think nothing will ever top Nine Inch Nails ( except maybe if Pink Floyd will re-unite and do the wall album live again). I am very thankful I was able to see Trent. I missed the band 4 times in Michigan from 2005-2008. NiN will be the only band I will probably watch live over and over again!
More than 20 years into his NIN, with its ever-changing line-up, Trent Reznor has been written off by some as past his prime, and maybe that had something to do with the sadly only third-filled arena Saturday night. But, Reznor proved he’s still the real deal, stomping around on the huge stage, switching easily from guitar to keyboards, even vibraphone, and still screaming at full force. And, he’s managed to remain hip and relevant, blending his old songs with new technology in a way that made you think you were hearing songs like “March of the Pigs” and “Hurt” for the first time. Too many bands can’t get the music vs. spectacle ratio right.
Nate, Wes, My little Brother, and I all headed out at 6:30 P.m., arriving just in time as The Front started right when we walked in the door. I was dared by my friend Blake to wear girl pants to the show and it found out it makes moshing 100 percent harder lmao! Every band except The Front used the same drum-set and drummer.
Casper Wyoming punk act “The Front” has one Sexy Vocalist :D Septum pierced, Blonde hair, about 30, a c size and just awesome energy on stage. While the drummer was trying to fix his drum set, Lauren told us a hunting story on how her one of her band-mates, ran out of bullets and had to use a tiny pocket knife to killthe deer. Random shit XD
She noticed my brother and I were trying to mosh and get people more involved into the show, instead of just standing around like mannequin’s. So Lauren grabs me by the hand, pulling me up front and motions my crew to come up too, for us to start the pit. And that’s when chaos erupted. 15 people jumped in and we moshed for the rest of the set. One of the peeps moshing had another dude on top of him, piggy back riding and they were both knocking people over, until they themselves lost balance, falling into the merch booth. Fucking epic!
Kepi Ghoulie of the original 1983 Horror Punk act, “Groovie Ghoulies”, were really fun to watch. To get the crowd more involved Kepi himself brought out tambourines and maraca’s. Wes and I joined a long and passed them around to the rest of the crowd.
Canada’s “The Riptides” made the show more intense. Moshed all the way through and during all this I noticed a cute girl in the pit wearing a dress laying people out haha. We got about 4 other girls to join in with us to spin around and dance, all in a big circle with more people joining a long as we went around in circles, ring around the roses style. It was pretty rad!
Joe Queer at the Railyard
The big Finale, The Queers. Joe had a shirt that read “I fucked your Grandma”. Moshing started right when the first note hit. I had a huge fat guy stage dive right on top of me. I ended up losing my shoes somehow after I got up and had to wait a while to jump in the pit and get them back haha. It took forever to get back out . This dude with a Mohawk with a checkered coat kept punching people, including us, So Wes, Caleb and I all grabbed each-other and just clothes lined the dude lol! Guest’s vocals From Kepi and The Riptides during the set. They covered the classic beach song “Wipe out” and Black Flag’s “White Minority”. Joe Queer high fived everyone before leaving the stage and the rest of the band autographed after the set.
I was supposed to have a friend and I go, but my friend ended up getting stuck at work so I took a very big risk going on a 12 hour trip. No directions, no turn signals, no break lights, no car insurance, and the head lights barely working. Our first time going to Missoula. My younger brother, our two friends Blake and Dakota, my little sister, and I went. We left at 12:36 P.M., the doors opened for the Wilma Theater at 6 pm, we made it to Missoula at 6:56 P.M. Just in time to catch the opening act Mic Lords and Sauce Funky! Missing local act Koshir.
Upon arrival at the doors, a Juggalo painted up as Violent J, gave my brother and I free tickets! To be honest at first, we thought maybe they were like fraud duplicate’s and hesitated, but turned out legit!
Think a combination of Red Hot Chili Peppers, 311, and powerful in your face Metal guitar solo’s. “Canada’s” Mic Lords and Sauce Funky tore it up! The floor brought on decent size pits during the set. Mic Lords chilled out in the lobby the rest of the show signing autographs, handing out merchandise, and being really social with everyone. They may do a show with my brother’s band.
Blaze Ya Dead Homie Rocked it! Nuff SAID!
Nothing to special about DJ Clay, just played Psychopathic Record’s music of new, oldies, and classics, while scratching the Vinyl.
The lights went out and dark laughter erupted. Just then the lights came back on and a forest covered with Spiderwebs with a full moon appeared on stage, along with The Demented Duo aka Twiztid! Opening with the track HAHAHHAHAHA! Lots of pits all through the set, especially during “Rock The Dead”! And lots of dirty dancing going on to lol Lots and Lots of energy from the Duo, especially Monoxide during his part on the track “Murder Murder Murder”, he just went all detail with his hands in Knife Motion when talking about stabbing up his girlfriend. Jamie Madrox even went on to say that Monoixide was starting to scare him lol! Jamie did his best during “Nosferatu” and “How Does It Feel?”. For some reason Madrox kept aiming at my friend Blake and I the whole time with water bottles. We were soaked by the end of the night. Blaze Ya Dead Homie came out during “Bus Yo Head Open”.
People were definitely lighting up the Green during “Bags” and “So High”. They played about an hour and a half ending the night with “Renditions of Reality”. I was very surprised that they only played one track off the new album “Heartbroken and Homicidal” and that was “P.S.A”. The rest were mostly from “Mostasteless”, “Freekshow”, and “The Green Book”.
The trip back was a nightmare on Bozeman pass. It was pretty much a white out, with lots of snow and ice on the road. My bald tires made it damn tricky! We were almost hit in the back from a semi, watched the same semi almost clip another semi, and we nearly went off the pass more than a few times from sliding on the ice. I gotta give a shout out to my brother Caleb getting us safely home! We made it home a little after 5 am.
Setlist from what I can remember
Hom Sha Bom
What The Fuck!?
Rock The Dead
How Does It Feel?
We Don’t Die
Murder Murder Murder
Sex, Drugs, Money and Murder
Bus Yo Head Open featuring Blaze Ya Dead Homie
Afraid Of Me
Story Of Our lives
Renditions Of Reality