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Nine Inch Nails take stage show to new level

Nine Inch Nails at the Palace of Auburn Hills 10-7-13
Nine Inch Nails at the Palace of Auburn Hills 10-7-13
Tracy Heck

Nine Inch Nails at the Palace of Auburn Hills 10-7-13


Monday night found Nine Inch Nails returning to a Michigan stage as they brought their Tension Tour to the Palace of Auburn Hills.

Nine Inch Nails rock the Palace 10-7-13
Tracy Heck

The show was a visual feast as the band brought what is easily the biggest technical stage setup of the year.

The visual effects were constantly changing throughout the two hour set as the band played beneath strobe lighting rigs that were constantly on the move and occasionally behind a massive stage screen that played host to changing colors and videos during the different songs.

Nine Inch Nails front man, Trent Reznor, has always been a very visual artist and he did a great job of finding the right visual aspects to bring out the raw emotion that the band's songs have always held.

"Survivalism" was treated to an explosion of green while the powerful "Disappointed" was treated to a splash of yellow.

There was also a massive backdrop and video screen behind the band and at times the stage was awash in lasers that shot out across the stadium.

The staging was amazing, but at the end of the day it is all about the music and Nine Inch Nails put forth a driving 25-song set that was not overshadowed by the technical aspects of the show but rather complemented by it.

The set was well put together as it touched nicely on all of the group's albums.

There was a number of songs off of the band's latest album, Hesitation Marks, from the hard hitting first single, "Came Back Haunted" to the quieter, yet just as rousing, "I Would For You".

Many of the hits were also there from "March of the Pigs" to "Survivalism" to "Head Like a Hole".

A highlight of the set was the one-two punch of the band's With Teeth heavyweights, "Only" and "The Hand That Feeds" that really got the crowd moving.

This time out the band also featured background vocals from the amazing Sharlotte Gibson, who is known for her work as an American Idol backup singer and Lisa Fischer, who has backed up Tina Turner and the Rolling Stones.

Reznor has never been big on crowd interaction but he took a little time during the band's five-song encore to thank the crowd for sticking with them and expressing his surprise at having been around for almost 30 years.

He went on to throw out a little joke about his past substance abuse problems, "We've played Detroit many times. The first 30 times I have no memory of, but I was told it was fun."

The band closed things out in style as they pulled out emotional closer, "Hurt", which had the crowd entranced.

Nine Inch Nails Setlist:

Copy of A
Terrible Lie
March of the Pigs
All Time Low
Came Back Haunted
Find My Way
The Frail
The Wretched
I Would for You
A Warm Place
Somewhat Damaged
The Hand That Feeds
Head Like a Hole

Even Deeper
While I'm Still Here
Black Noise

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