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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