Nine Inch Nails @ Washington DC / 2013

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So this was perhaps the most randomly lucky thing ever.


We just finished up a whirlwind conference in DC. I went to the social event at the Museum for Woman in the Art. Had my nice stuff on and my company shirt. Did a nice meet-n-greet and then decided to head out. I called my wife to sync up and started talking while I wandered the streets of DC in a loop around the hotel. Started making my way over by one of the Smithsonians and noticed section of town with a lot of people out. Street performers, Friday night crowds, and more made it seems like the happening part of town. As I got further down the street, I noticed the Verizon Center buried back in there. I think they play NBA and NHL there. Lots of people flocking in for some show. No clue. When I travel to the west coast, I always check schedules as I can sometimes pick up a show out there that had just been in Denver. Probably nothing I wanted to see though.

So I walked over and got a burrito and sat in a window watching the passers by. After inhaling that, I walked back by the auditorium where I still couldn’t figure out who was playing. I caught a sheet of paper taped on the entrance door with a rather verbose non-recording policy. At the bottom, it said “NIN”. No fucking way. Really?

Nine Inch Nails is the single greatest act I have ever seen on stage. Period. There is no debate. Its a full experience. I was super bummed when Trent pulled the plug a few years ago. But now they are back. New album. New tour. They are coming to Denver in November and of course I have tickets to that sold out show. But randomly tonight they are playing in DC. And I have no one to report to. I am solo. I got $40 cash in my wallet. So I walk down the street to a gaggle of gentlemen who have tickets and are bugging me about the same. I opened my wallet and showed them the cash. Show starts in 10 minutes guys and I got $40, who wants to sell me one. Nobody ever wants one ticket. They quickly decided this was a good offer despite the $90+ face value printed on the ticket. I am in.

I was 5 rows up about half-way back on the left side. With my dress clothes on, my normal spot on the floor wasn’t going to be the best choice. But this was perfect. Nice calm spot to watch the show elevated off the floor. I can get my floor on in Denver for that perspective. And just as I took my seat, NIN began. Its good to be back.

My photos look like shit because the iPhone is so bad with the lights. And seriously, its just a show you have to see in person for yourself. The video seems to have come out better though. So here are some snippets just so you get a taste.

The show was on par with others I have seen. Maybe a bit less angst but still amazing. I can’t wait to see them again in a few weeks. Nobody does it like Trent does it.