Trent Reznor revealed this week that he is quitting touring with Nine Inch Nails so that he can spend more time, er, working on Nine Inch Nails.
Reznor wrote about "waving goodbye" in a blogpost earlier this year, leading many to assume that he was retiring the band. "What I specifically said or meant to convey is that NIN as a ... live band that's on the road all the time is stopping," he told the Philippine Daily Inquirer.
Though Reznor has announced his "last ever" US tour dates, he has no intention of retiring from music – or even Nine Inch Nails. Instead, free of touring commitments, Reznor hopes to spend more time recording music, collaborating with other artists, and working on non-musical projects.
"I've just reached the point ... where [touring] has invaded every other aspect of my life," Reznor said. "I have a number of projects that are not music-related, which I have put on the back burner for a long time."
"The only way to get a pay cheque is to play live," Reznor explained. After Nine Inch Nails' recent world tour and that Ghosts I-IV jackpot he now seems to have enough money in the bank to quit the wandering life. "I'd never want to be [Kiss frontman] Gene Simmons, an old man who puts on makeup to entertain kids, like a clown going to work," Reznor said. "In my paranoia, I fear that if I don't stop this, it could become that."