Nine Inch Nails / Soundgarden• Redrocks Amphitheater•Morrison CO

photo: David Burke

On this beautiful warm summer night what better way to spend this evening with Trent and Chris and rock the f@cK out! When you attend a Red Rocks show you don't walk to the venue you hike to a natural wonder and then hear and feel how the music played there moves and nourishes your soul.Too “Mother Earth” for ya? Well, we all experience Red Rocks in our own way..

photo: David Burke

Soundgarden came out with Searching With My Good Eye Closed guitarist Kim Thayil chugged and wailed on his guitar while bassist Ben Shepherd wandered the stage with his bass acknowledging the audience. Tight thunderous beats were delivered by Matt Chamberlain, filling in for Matt Cameron, currently on the road with his other job, Pearl Jam. Over head was a large display with ethereal and animated shapes and lights that seems to be in sync with their set. Personal High lights were the rocking Rusty Cage and Superunknown.

Frontman Chris Cornell  photo: David Burke

While the moody and dark Black Hole Sun and Like Suicide captured the audience. This was also a special day for front man Chris Cornell as it was his 50th birthday, we all then sang a very pathetic version of Happy Birthday to Chris and this appeared to make his day. 

As this was the 20th anniversary of their album Superunknown and also one of two nights, they not only played a bunch of songs from that album their set was more wide ranging stretching from their late eighties grunge sound to their 2012 reunion album, King Animal.

photo: David Burke

Chris’s Voice was muscular and sharp as he sounded better than the original versions. Spoonman was like traveling back in time to my 90’s era plaid button ups and loose fitting silvertabs.As their set ended, they all ignited and undulating storm of feed back from their instruments and then waved goodbye with the sounds still roaring 20 years later after it began.

photo: David Burke

Setlist:

  1. Searching With My Good Eye Closed
  2. Spoonman
  3. I Awake
  4. Let Me Down
  5. Rusty Cage
  6. Black Hole Sun
  7. Outshined
  8. Jesus Christ Pose
  9. Like Suicide
  10. The Day I Tried To Live
  11. My Wave
  12. Fell on Black Days
  13. A Thousand Days Before
  14. Slaves & Bulldozers

photo: David Burke

Nine Inch Nails’s set began with Trent Reznor marching out to a large blank stage void of color, then as his band appeared they launched into Copy of A a new track from last years 2013 album Hesitation Marks.

Very alive and full of energy, Trent danced and hopped on stage as the music moved him around.

NIN  photo: David Burke

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Songs like March of The Pigs and Piggy had the crowd enthralled and acted like their back up vocalists in harmony. Watching all the members Ilan Rubin, Allesandro Cortini and Robin Finck switching  instruments and play them like they were complete masters of that particular instrument in their hands was very impressive. As l jammed back to the 90’s with tracks like Head Like a Hole and Closer and as always the light show was intense and mesmerizing. Industrial rock at it’s finest. 

Frontman Trent Reznor  photo: David Burke

Reznor has stated that this would be Nine Inch nail’s last tour “for a long time.”

Well I hope not, but having the last memory of them echoing though this special venue will be one of my most favorite memories during the summer of 2014!

- David Burke (BRKY)

NIN  photo: David Burke

NIN Setlist:

  1. Copy of A
  2. Sanctified
  3. Came Back Haunted
  4. 1,000,000
  5. March of The Pigs
  6. Piggy
  7. Terrible Lie
  8. Closer
  9. Gave Up
  10. Me, I’m Not
  11. Find My Way
  12. The Great Destroyer
  13. Eraser
  14. Wish
  15. Only
  16. The Hand That Feeds
  17. Head Like a Hole
  18. Encore:
  19. Hurt

All images from this show can viewed in the "On Stage" link.