Guitarist Adrian Belew leaves Nine Inch Nails

The King Crimson guitarist says his stint in the band 'was not working': he leaves seven weeks before the band are to tour

Adrian Belew has left Nine Inch Nails almost as quickly as he joined them. The King Crimson guitarist abruptly announced that he has quit the group's new lineup, seven weeks before they are due to begin a tour.

Writing on Facebook, Belew seemed at once resigned and haggard from his experience as part of Trent Reznor's band: "Hey folks … I greatly respect Trent and the music he makes. No one is at fault. [But] we both agreed it just was not working … NIN will do an amazing show and I am back where I belong: creating [my solo album] Flux."

He later removed that message, replacing it with something much more glib: "Concerning me being part of the 2013 Nine Inch Nails band," he wrote, "it didn't work."

Belew was a surprise addition to Nine Inch Nails's "reinvented" lineup, unveiled in February. Although the musician had contributed to NIN's 2008 album Ghosts I-IV, he never toured with the band, and the 63-year-old seemed far removed from Reznor's arena spectacles. But Reznor told Pitchfork that experiments with Belew formed the catalyst for bringing the project back from hiatus, pushing him from "a discussion on performing … to some beard-scratching … to the decision to rethink the idea of what Nine Inch Nails could be".

Belew is still understood to appear on Nine Inch Nails's upcoming album, Hesitation Marks, which is due in September. But the touring band is now reduced to Reznor, Josh Eustis, Alessandro Cortini, Ilan Rubin and Robin Finck. Finck is a very new addition: he replaces bassist Eric Avery, who quit the band last month. "I really want to focus on my musical life here in LA," explained the Jane's Addiction founder. "I just got overwhelmed."

Like Avery, Belew wants to pivot from playing with Nine Inch Nails to focusing on his own work. The forthcoming Flux has been years in the making; described as a listening "experience", Flux will use software to become "music that is never the same twice", changing every time it's played. "I intend to add to it as often as possible," Belew wrote. "It will never be finished."

Came Back Haunted, the lead single from Hesitation Marks, was released last week. Listen to it here.

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Sean Michaels

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