Nine Inch Nails Show in Victoria

nin in Victoria

The Nine Inch Nails show in Victoria was simply amazing.  Having not seen them yet so far on this tour, nothing would have prevented me from making the trip to the island, not even a person jumping off the ferry and causing it to return to Tsawwassen temporally.

With the band so consistently good live, it is hard to place this show amongst the others in the past, but it might just have topped my 10 previous Nine Inch Nails shows.  The visuals and production was just incredible, and easily the best I’ve seen.  The set also had a great flow to it going heavy, soft, heavy, soft, heavy, including a cool instrumental set of songs from Ghosts.  For over 2 and half hours they performed nearly 30 songs with little to no rest in between.  And other than the usual 2 or 3 idiots, the crowd was great and very energetic.  We started out well back, but having lived through general admission crowds in Spain and Italy, this was child’s play, and we ended up about a meter from the stage by the encore.  Trent was soft spoken as usual, preferring to just play music rather than talk, but he did mention that it was probably the first time they’ve played Victoria.

nin in Victoria

We caught the tail end of the opening act, and I will say that it was probably the worst opening act I have ever seen.  It was so embarrassingly bad, that the crowd was actually having fun with some of it.   So take note, do not ever see The Bug.  Trent must have been on vacation when they hired her.

Other than that, I put this show right up there with Pearl Jam at Bonnaroo as my show of the year.  And I’m already looking for cheap flights to Vegas for the final show of the tour….

Heres’s the setlist:

Letting You
March of the Pigs
Head Down
The Frail
The Wretched
Gave Up
The Warning
Ghosts 21
Ghosts 28
Ghosts 19
Ghosts Piggy
The Greater Good
Terrible Lie
The Big Comedown
Ghosts 31
The Hand That Feeds
Head Like A Hole

The Good Soldier
God Given
In This Twilight


Jason is the author of the book This All Encompassing Trip and loves to travel to see Pearl Jam. He spends his time doing design and video work as well as running a daddy blog called The Rockstar Dad.

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