Even though the official statement will not be released until Monday, Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden have announced tour dates on the band’s website. Depending on location the two bands have Death Grip, Queens of the Stone Age and Cold Cave as opening acts.
The news comes as rather a surprise for many because of the heavy competition the two bands had back in 1994. It was in Ontario at Molson Park, twenty years ago, when the two bands last played together. The two bands were fighting for the number one spot on the Billboard charts but Nine Inch Nail’s Downward Spiral lost the battle to Soundgarden’s Superunknown. Singer Trent Reznor said, “We had a chip on our shoulder about Soungarden.” The singer added, “That became a kind of professional showdown.” NIN singer added that by the end of the show, Nine Inch Nails did show them. The Nine Inch Nails singer also took shots at Soundgarden’s front man, Chris Cornell, when the singer went solo and used Timbaland for the production of Scream. Reznor basically was accusing Cornell of selling out to get more airplay. “I think that when somebody is respected like he is goes that route,” Reznor said, “it sends a message that it’s OK to give up any kind of core values you had to be the fashion of the moment.” The songwriter continued, “I don’t think that’s OK. I think it’s harmful.” The singer said that there was pressure on for Reznor to also record with popular producers in order to get more radio-play but the NIN front man didn’t buckle.
Death Grip caused lots of controversy in October 2012 when the band released a free album to fans via social media before Epic, the groups record label at the time, even heard it. No Love Deep Web was also released with a very explicit art cover which stirred up the boiling pot even more. Following this action, Death Grips website was shut down leaving the band to blame the record label for doing so. Though Epic denied any involvement with the closing of the musicians website, the label did drop the hardcore band like the proverbial hot tomato. The band is also known for cancelling tour dates repeatedly. Death Grip’s latest album released in November 2013, Government Plates, was offered to all Death Grip fans free via Facebook.
Death Grip tour dates for the Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden concert that were announced are:
07/19 – Las Vegas, NV – Planet Hollywood
07/21 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Ampitheatre
07/24 – Tinley Park, IL – First Midest Bank Ampitheatre
07/26 – Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
07/27 – Toronto, ON – Molson Canadian Center
07/29 – Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center
07/30 – Camden, NJ – Susquehanna Bank Center
08/01 – Wantagh, NY – Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
08/02 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
08/04 – Bristow, VA – JLL (Jiffy Lube Live)
08/05 – Virginia Beach, VA – FBL (Farm Bureau Live)
08/07 – Charlotte, NC – PNC
08/08 – Lakewood, GA – Ampitheatre, Aaron’s
08/10 – West Palm Beach, FL – Ampitheatre Cruzan
08/11 – Tampa, FL – Ampitheatre, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union
08/14 – Austin, TX – Austin360
08/16 – Woodlands, TX – Pavilion Cynthia Woods Mitchell
08/17 – Dallas, TX – Gexa Energy Pavilion
08/19 – Albuquerque, NM – Ampitheater Isleta
08/21 – Chula Vista, CA – Sleep Train Ampitheatre
08/22 – Irvine, CA – Verizon Wireless
08/24 – Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Ampitheater
08/25 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl
Queens of the Stone Age latest album, Like Clockwork, was released in 2013 and preformed at the 2014 Grammy Awards. The band closed the show with a collaboration including, Lindsey Buckingham and Nine Inch Nails. The show was running over that night and the performance was cut short in order to place ad segments. What the viewers did get to see before the abrupt end was explosive, however, lending great promise of what is to come.
Queens of the Stone Age will be opening for Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden for five dates in and about the land down under. The Josh Homme fronted band will open on March 15 in Melbourne, Australia and play four more shows ending in Christchurch, New Zealand on March 22.
Cold Cave’s last album was put out in 2011, Cherish the Light Years. Cold Cave has released a total of five albums and is the moniker used by Wesley Eisold. Critics have mixed reviews over Cherish the Light Years calling it loud, bold and it exudes a new kind of goth-pop sound.
Tour dates with Cold Cave opening for NIN and Soundgarden begin on April 6 in Rio de Janerio and then have one night in Las Vegas on May 6. The rest of the dates will be played around Europe. The first show starts in Helinski, Finland on May 8 and ends in Katowice, Poland on June 10. Giving Cold Cave a total of 21 opening nights.
Nine Inch Nails is most likely to focus on the bands latest album, Hesitation Marks, which was released in 2013 and obviously recapping the bands many hits. It marks the bands eighth studio album and the groups first in five years. Rolling Stone magazine hailed it as one of Reznor’s best. “Hesitation Marks refers to the preliminary wounds,” wrote Rolling Stone, “made during a suicide attempt.”
Soundgarden is planning to turn out a Superunknown 5 CD disc set on June 3. An album the band preformed in full at SXSW and probably will be promoting that during the tour. Chris Cornell told Billboard that out of all of the bands songs, Superunknown is the most iconic and that the group is very proud of the accomplishment. Cornell said that it is because of that reason that this project and tour is so much fun to concentrate on.
Needless to say the show is sure to be a hit with these two rock heavyweights. The two bands are also scheduled to play at Lollapalooza’s South American incarnations in Chile, Argentina and Brazil before starting off the tour together. No matter what transpired in the past, Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden’s announcement of the two power bands tour dates has gotten fans excited.
By Derik L. Bradshaw