Nine Inch Nails‘ set at England’s Reading Festival on Sunday night (August 25th) was marred by drama and tension, according to reports from Rolling Stone andGigwise. The main issue seemed to revolve around the question of why Nine Inch Nails was going on before Scottish band Biffy Clyro, who were closing out the long-running and prestigious event, and who were apparently giving NIN some hassles about the group’s elaborate stage production as well.
Reznor tweeted before NIN’s set, “Should be an unusual show tonight at Reading . . .” before adding in a second post, “. . . the lying promoter and the band following us (whoever the f*** they are) f***ed us on our production.”
Whatever happened reportedly had a definite effect on Reznor’s mood and NIN’s show. The frontman barely spoke throughout the set and seemed to be having a lousy time onstage, according toRolling Stone, saying at one point, “F*** rock ‘n’ roll, by the way.”
His comment may have been a veiled jab at Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz, who spoke from the stage earlier in the evening about the power of rock music.
Festival promoter Melvin Benn hit back at Reznor later, telling NME, “The truth is there’s no truth in (Reznor’s) statement. The contract hasn’t changed since they signed up to it.”
Nine Inch Nails will release its first new album in five years, Hesitation Marks, on September 3rd.
The band will kick off a North American arena tour on September 28th in St. Paul, Minnesota.