Nine Inch Nails On Kimmel

Televised Nine Inch Nails performances have historically been rare things. There was Dance Party USA in 1989, the VMAs in 1999, and that’s pretty much it. Somehow, Trent Reznor has made it more than two decades into a career without ever performing on late-night TV, which is mind-boggling. That changed last night. Reznor and his band played in the big outdoor stage at Jimmy Kimmel Live!, playing five songs including a sinewy, strutting, six-and-a-half minute take on the surprisingly funky Hesitation Marks album track “All Time Low.” The performance showcases a band completely in control of its own groove (those backup singers!), and it’s a strong indicator that late-night hosts should’ve been making room for Reznor for years.

UPDATE: “All Time Low” is an online bonus; “Various Methods Of Escape” is the song that was broadcast, and that has now been uploaded too:

Hesitation Marks is out now on Columbia, and the band also recently taped an episode of PBS’ Austin City Limits.

Comments (5)
  1. This isn’t the song they broadcasted on the episode last night. They actually played “Various Methods of Escape” for the broadcast. This is probably an online-only bonus performance.

  2. I’d have to think their lack of late night appearances have to be of Trent’s own choice. I think he probably thinks the format and setting of those shows (in a studio with a seated talk show audience) would not serve NIN well. Kimmel’s show is probably ideal cause they do the whole outdoor concert thing. I mean, come on, it’s NIN, I’m sure if they wanted to they could play any talk show they wanted.

  3. The Patrick Carney looking bassist is at it again! I recall him vividly being very still and not mobile, which for a person playing in NIN live is NOT supposed to happen. The guy is obviously no Danny Lohner or Jeordie White, but even Justin Meldel-Johnson put more energy into his performances on the Lights in the Sky tour.

    You watch that video and he has a prominent bass part… and stands super still. I always figured Trent was a hard ass for getting his live band to get into the performance. And wasn’t it Keith Morris that said bass players should only ever be playing a 4-string because they’re supposed to be the craziest person on stage? (because they only have 4-strings to play)

    ANYWAY. Love “All Time Low” as it was one of my early favorites on Hesitation Marks. Crazy they haven’t played on live TV before… but I miss the crazy ass old live shows when the whole band is going nuts in hopes of POSSIBLY paralleling Trent’s infinite enthusiasm.

    • that would be Pino Palladino, Welsh veteran musician that’s worked with the likes of Paul Simon, The Who, Jeff Beck and Clapton.

      I would assume Trent thinks his chops trump the need to be jumping around like an idiot

  4. Actually NOT their debut…Here’s an example of how they’ve already played on TV before

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