Nine Inch Nails Concert Review (Melbourne, The Metro, 13 May 2007)

Nine Inch Nails played the Metro in Melbourne Sunday night, 13 May 2007. If you don't know, the Metro is a small "intimate" venue, probably best known in Melbourne as a hang out for drunken bogan's who want a dose of doof doof music. Sunday night, probably proves why the venue has such a reputation. I got a quick introduction to the Metro when before the show started I visited the mens room and nearly got urinated on by a drunk flannel wearing ass clown.

NIN hit the stage just before 10pm, playing "Somewhat Damaged" as the opener. In general, the set was made up of a lot more of the harder edged NIN tunes than the last time I saw them in 2005. Trent Reznor was in fine form, and Aaron North displayed the qualities that make him one of the more interested guitarists to watch live. Josh Freese confirmed his status as hardest hitting drummer in the world. The guy is truly a machine and a perfect fit for the NIN live band.

Four songs were played from the Year Zero album, which was not as many as I'd expected. Ruiner was probably the musical highlight for the night, as was The Beginning of the End. Somewhat Damaged caused the hairs on the back of my neck to stand up.

The band were tight, and the show was kicking. Then the roadies brought out a laptop, keyboard, and guitar type contraption out and I thought the band were going to launch into the Great Destroyer (not sure why I assumed that, I guess I thought the laptop/keyboard/guitar combo was the only thing capable of re-creating the chaos). In any case nothing eventuated. "That's what you get for trying to make music on computers," Trent joked.

Two songs later Trent's Parker Nitefly crapped out, so they played the "guitar free" remix of Only. When the keyboard came out and the start of Hurt was played, it was difficult to make out the opening notes due to a handful of drunk fricken ass hats yelling out stuff (most of which was unintelligible!). As the song continued, so did the "heckling". Into the second verse, Trent stopped, paused, and then... well... watch the video and you'll see what resulted.


So, Hurt was cut short, the band kicked into the Hand that Feeds, but at that stage I got the impression from the stage that they were just going through the motions. At the end of the song, Trent's guitar went skyward and he was off.

The show finished about 25 mins before it was scheduled to (according to the signs posted around the venue) which was kind of disappointing. The conclusion left me pissed off, disappointed and embarrassed. Why would someone spend $90 on a ticket only to start yelling crap during one of the bands more popular songs? The gig definitely didn't end on a high note, which is a shame, as it had been kicking along quite nicely up until then! It's probably for this reason alone, that I would rate the NIN show I saw in 2005 as a better show.

Here's the setlist:

The Metro, Melbourne, Australia (13 May 2007)
1. Somewhat Damaged
2. Know What You Are
3. Sin
4. March of the Pigs
5. Piggy
6. Burn
7. The Beginning of the End
8. Survivalism
9. Wish
10. Suck
11. Ruiner
12. Gave Up
13. The Good Soldier
14. Help Me I Am In Hell
15. Me I'm Not (didn't get played due to equipment malfunction)
16. The Frail
17. Only (Trent's guitar [email protected]@ked up, so they played a "guitar free" remix)
18. Capital G
19. Hurt (Stopped in the second verse due to ass clown meat puppets yelling crap, see video above)
20. The Hand That Feeds

7 Comments on Nine Inch Nails Concert Review (Melbourne, The Metro, 13 May 2007)

  1. Such a shame to hear some asshole ruined the night for everyone. I was there on Monday night, and I think the crowd was excellent, no louts shouting and carrying on, everyone just had a great time. The show grew progressively more intense, the crowd increasingly frenzied, with an excellent mix of new and old tracks, finishing with a visually and aurally spectacular performance of ‘Head like a hole’. Trent made some comments to the effect of that night being a ‘decent audience at last’; I feel sorry for all the people who were short-changed on what should have been an unforgettable experience the previous night.

  2. I agree. Why would anyone pay that much to go see a band and then act like a total fuckwit? I went to the Monday night show and apart from some guy who pushed his way to the front behind a chick who was trying to get out, the crowd was awesome. The music was brilliant, and although I would have loved to hear more stuff off Year Zero, like Great Destroyer or Meet Your Maker, I thought the set was great. I hope the people who destroyed Sunday night’s show rot in mosh-pit hell along with all the security guys who don’t believe in deodorant.

  3. Alana – How seedy did half the security dudes look though?? I don’t know about you, but to me, they looked kinda under prepared!

    I was really hoping they played Great Destroyer just so I could see how they’d recreate all the electronic chaos.

  4. I flew across the whole country(Perth – Melb) to see this awsome band, i was very lucky i saw the show monday and tuesday nights. It was dissapointing to hear that sunday nights show was fukd up – but i gotta tell you, the other nights were absolutly awsome, it was good to see nin played a variety of songs both nights from mainly broken and year zero i was there (as you would think they would do the same shows constanly). Overall i think they put on the best show i have ever seen and it was definatly worth the cost and the flights “nice job boys”.

  5. I went to the metro on tuesday night and i could tell by the vibe that it was like stepping back in the 80’s with these bogans trying to pick up chicks and then when they couldn’t trying to talk to the nearest guy which was me trying to listen to the Music,but like trent it was like stuff you and enjoy the music no matter what,and by taking out the slower songs closert ,hurt this gig Rocked more than anything id seen. To see Heresy beeen played was a Treat and Capital G was a Great sign of the Times.After Leaving after Head Like a Hole i felt a Great Hit of Reality. like it was likE going to a Therapy session, thank God there is a Band out there that can still play in this Fake brittany and April World,thank you Trent.

  6. Meimnot – dedication, flying across the country, glad it was worth it.
    The thing that gets me most about reading all these reviews of the various nights is that each time, the set list is different. I’ve been to see bands and then seen live DVDs of them, and it’s the same thing. Songs in the same order, half the time it’s the same stage banter, same antics, etc. yet with Trent, it’s different every time. It’s awesome that you can go see him 2 nights in a row, and get a different show each time. It must get so boring for everyone else playing the same thing every time.

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