Photo by Philip Cosores
Nine Inch Nails returned to the stage at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield, California on Wednesday night, marking their first live performance in over three years. The surprise concert came in advance of the band’s headlining appearance at this weekend’s FYF Fest in Los Angeles. It also provided the band with its first opportunity to perform new music from their 2016 EP, Not the Actual Events, and its impending follow-up, Add Violence. Additionally, Trent Reznor paid tribute to his longtime collaborator, David Bowie, with a cover of “I Can’t Give Everything Away” from the Starman’s final album,★ (Blackstar). Watch fan-shot footage from the show and set the full setlist below.
Branches / Bones (Live debut)
Copy of A
Less Than (Live debut)
March of the Pigs
Closer (with “The Only Time” snippet)
Parasite (How to Destroy Angels cover)
I Can’t Give Everything Away (David Bowie cover) (Farewell mix; live debut)
The Lovers (Live debut)
The Great Destroyer
Burning Bright (Field on Fire) (Live debut)
The Hand That Feeds
Head Like a Hole
Nine Inch Nails will release Add Violence, the second installment in a trilogy of EPs, tomorrow. They’ll headline four American festivals in the coming months, with further tour dates planned for next year.