Nine Inch Nails are to stop touring, Trent Reznor has announced. They will cease their wandering after a series of dates next year, Reznor wrote on his website, ending the NIN-orama "for the foreseeable future".
The website posting, titled "Curtain Call", begins with word of a failed concert DVD project, which is blamed on "a certain record company that owns some of the song rights". In the ensuing comments, Reznor goes from praising the tour, to calling it the "final tour ... on this scale", to admitting that the band will stop gigging altogether.
Critics hailed NIN's recent concerts as some of their best-ever, with dazzling high-tech spectacles and a balance of recent and vintage material. Certainly, Reznor seems enthusiastic. "Forgive me for having a Kanye West moment," he wrote, having a Kanye West moment, "but this was FOR SURE the best show of the year and any bullshit end-of-the-year poll you may read in the next few weeks that says otherwise simply has it wrong."
"This was an amazing tour and production," he continued, "certainly the best thing I've ever been involved with and likely the final tour for NIN on this scale."
It's an odd announcement to make now, with still two more gigs before the end of the American tour, and six concerts booked in Australia and New Zealand for February. But Reznor underlined that next year's gigs "and any more that may be announced" will boast a "completely different approach". This approach? Well, it won't be a very long-lived one. "[These concerts] will likely be the last for the foreseeable future," he concluded.
"Likely" and "foreseeable" leave Reznor enough room to, say, announce another tour next week, but he seems just as likely to be planning something quiet. Lazy Sundays at home, a pot of tea brewing, and ... another surprise album in the works?