seriously, the nin show in stockholm? kicked even more ass than the oslo show. the thing is, the two shows were nothing alike, despite sharing many of the same songs on the setlists. (the oslo nin photo's are here, in case you missed them)
the oslo show was in a tiny venue with a really small stage, and the band seemed.. not so happy. which was okay, because it made for a special mood. it even kicked off randomly - one minute the roadies were on stage getting the gear together while the smoke machines were blaring, and then suddenly one of the roadies started to sing "somewhat damaged" and the music kicked in and we realized it was trent. dude, they hadn't even shut off the houselights. i was staring at the stage the entire time from very close up front, and i still didn't see trent appear. it was very cool.
oslo setlist: somewhat damaged, last, heresy, march of the pigs, piggy, the beginning of the end, ruiner, closer with the only time ending, burn, gave up, help me I am in hell, eraser, wish, survivalism, only, suck, hurt, hand that feeds, head like a hole
the stockholm show was radically different. larger crowd, and they did the pinion intro music and shut off all the lights and then made a really big entrance and went into a really, really kickass version of mr self destruct. there were more lights, and the whole energy was different - and the band (and trent) seemed to really visibly enjoy the gig. it was great. and they changed a few of the songs, so i had a chance to go nuts all over again. also, they did "terrible lie," which was so funny because i had been obsessing about it all day, hoping they'd play it. :)
stockholm setlist: mr self destruct, terrible lie, heresy, march of the pigs, something I can never have, frail, the wretched, the beginning of the end, closer, burn, gave up, help me i'm in hell, eraser, la mer, wish, no you don't, survivalism, only, suck, hurt, the hand that feeds, head like a hole
the spiral membership really did help out - it was very nice getting to spend the few hours waiting in the company of other spiral members, even if i only talked to a handful at either show. in stockholm, they even gave us our own little sealed off area and entrance to gather by, while the other concert attendees did a normal line up across from us. the regular attendees were so young! and oddly enough, they didn't even bob their heads as a nearby pub blasted nin throughout the wait, while us paying ninnies bounced and sang along like the dorks we are.
(this made me feel less mean about being let in 15-20 minutes before the other attendees - i mean, hello. how can you not silly-nod when you hear "march of the pigs" or "closer" blasted loudly in public? hahaha.)
sigh. no more nin for me. of course, i'm dying to go to norwegian festival öya this summer and see them again, but i seriously don't think i could pull it off (it's enough that i plan to go to oslo in both june and july if possible). but oh, i so wish i could. remind me why i'm not rich, again? frrr.
anyway. when the show was over, i scored a guitar pick. or wait, i think it's a bass guitar pick? i don't care. it's petrol blue with the nin logo. i'm pleased. and now, for the last bla bla, here are my stockholm pictures. for what it's worth, i like them better than the olso photo's, even though they're less up close (as you saw in my last post, i was by the rail and in the center, but the stage was further away than in oslo).
and yes. they're all of trent reznor. no, i have no shame. i've wanted to photograph trent for years. i still don't feel i've taken a proper trent-photo, but at least i tried. i'll be damned if i waste time at a gig photographing the other nice, but not-trent dudes. :)