Nine Inch Nails Perform Thunderous Set at VetsAid 2022

Nine inch seam returned to their native Ohio to deliver a thunderous performance at Joe Walsh‘s sixth annual VetsAid benefit concert at Columbus’ Nationwide Arena.

Trent Reznor had two words when he received a phone call from Walsh about joining the bill. “I’m in,” he told the legendary guitarist. “You don’t understand how big of a deal it is for Joe Walsh to reach out to me,” he shared with the Ohio crowd. “The first concert I ever saw was him. I love that guy, so I’m happy to be here.”

Opens with “Wish”, from the 1992s Brokenlaunched Reznor and the band into an intense, strobe-heavy performance that, as you might expect, was near-constant sensory overload in every respect.

Working with limited stage time like the other artists on the bill, the group constructed a tight 45 minute set list that admirably covered a lot of ground. Although a hoped-for cameo over Dave Grohl (who visited the 2005s With teeth) never came to fruition, it was hard to argue with the way things went down. Culminating in a searing take on their signature “Head Like a Hole”, the ensuing “Hurt” was the perfect slow burn coda to the set.

Formed in Cleveland in 1988, the industrial rock band performed alongside several other artists with Ohio ties, including Grohl, The black keys and the breeders. Walsh, who lived in Ohio in his youth and attended Kent State University, also performed solo and with newly united James Gang.

Nine Inch Nails recently staged one original lineup reunion during their Sept. 24 show at the Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. Former members Richard Patrick, Chris Vrenna, Danny Lohner and Charlie Clouser joined the band’s current lineup for a set-ending, six-song volley that included the tour debut of 1994’s “Eraser” and a cover of “Hey Man Nice Shot” of Patrick’s headband, Filter.

Although he no longer lives in Ohio, Walsh still has plenty of love for the state and wanted to honor the seismic impact it had on his own music career. “It all started in Ohio,” he said in a statement. “Picking up my first guitar as a kid in Columbus set me on a musical journey to Kent State, Cleveland and then the world… I believe in Ohio and look forward to celebrating our musical heritage while honoring our veterans with VetsAid 2022. “

Walsh founded VetsAid, the nonprofit organization and music festival, in 2017 to raise and distribute funds for veterans groups across the United States. A VetsAid live stream can be purchased at Veeps website for $19.99, and buyers can watch again for 48 hours after the event begins. Fans who want to support the organization can also make donations at VetsAid website.

Nine Inch Nails 11/13/22 VetsAid Set List

1. “Wish”
2. “The March of the Pigs
3. Piggy
4. “The Lovers”
5. “Less Than”
6. “Heresy”
7. “The Perfect Fabric”
8. “The Hat That Feeds”
9. “Head like a hole”
10. “Evil”

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