Nine Inch Nails Triumphantly Comes Out of Retirement at Chaifetz Arena 10/1/13: Review, Photos, Setlist

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Todd Owyoung
St. Louis got the tour's first performance of "Echoplex" next. Backup vocalists Lisa Fischer and Sharlotte Gibson added a new layer to the song with their double-time "la, la, la" mimicking the bassline as Finck dipped and swayed while doing his own thing. Afterward, Reznor finally chatted with the crowd and quipped, "It's been a while since we've decided to come back. Honestly, we had no idea if anybody would show up."

With that, Nine Inch Nails went into "In This Twilight" and "While I'm Still Here," with Reznor slowly moving to his keyboard, arms aloft as if in victory. After a gloriously guitar-trashy version of "Black Noise," the band stripped down for "Hurt." As Reznor sang the emotional, strained tune, images of destruction flashed behind him: Chernobyl, an exploding barn, rotting strawberries, hungry insects. A beady-eyed white snake framed the concept of evil, its dead black eyes boring into the audience as Reznor finished out his lament: "If I could start again a million miles away, I would keep myself. I would find a way."

SETLIST

"Copy of A"
"1,000,000"
"Terrible Lie"
"March of the Pigs"
"Piggy"
"All Time Low"
"Disappointed"
"Came Back Haunted"
"Find My Way"
"Satellite"
"Survivalism"
"Running"
"A Warm Place"
"Somewhat Damaged"
"Wish"
"Burn"
"The Hand That Feeds"
"Head Like a Hole"

Encore:
"The Frail"
"The Wretched"
"Echoplex"
"In This Twilight"
"While I'm Still Here"
"Black Noise"
"Hurt"

See also:
- Slideshow: Nine Inch Nails Returns to St. Louis
- Six Great Bands That Aren't Nine Inch Nails
- Last Shot: Nine Inch Nails Helps Me Find My Way Through Cancer Pain

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Shannon Marfell Doza
Shannon Marfell Doza

Fantastic! Hesitation Marks was better live than I expected, and I like the album better now. Ilan Rubin is only 25!!! Some of the songs are as old as the drummer :) So good to see Robin back with the band - loved it! Set lists from the last few nights are readily available - why is anyone surprised by the songs played?

Tony Bologna
Tony Bologna

Amazing show, got to the queue line at 8am (and I was still 7th in line!!) and ended up getting center barricade. Best show i've seen in YEARS.

Nicole Rose
Nicole Rose

I was suprised there wen't a lot of songs he didn't play.... but it was a great show!!!

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

after i saw his wife, i can't believe he would ever want to leave the house.

John L. Williams
John L. Williams

Fantastic show! But people need to learn to not talk during the entire thing. Because it screws up everyone else's concert experience.

allison.babka
allison.babka topcommenter

@John L. Williams I kind of was, too, as NIN played it quite a bit during their August dates in Europe. But we've gotten the song just about every time they've come through STL. 

I was actually more bummed that we didn't get "Reptile."

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