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Dear Trent,

Are you sick, Sparklepants?

I swear, this Thursday night, in Vienna, I saw something I never thought I would ever see at a rockshow helmed by your beautiful, volcanic genius: a robotic performance.

I swear, when you humped the microphone, during some song, the name of which I can't even remember, I wondered if I was seeing some kind of animatronic Trent-bot up there. Faces, movements, whines and moans all coming out like fucking clockwork. About halfway through the show, I felt like *I*, on the fucking RAIL, was going through the motions of being stoked.

Trent, baby? Nothing can stop me from loving you forever, but can you tell me why it's necessary to besmirch my beautiful memories of how raw, glorious, and heart-rending "Eraser" was when you sang it like you meant it? I felt like there were sparks of awesome during "Last", "Ruiner", and "Survivalism", and you turned in a totally professional rockshow performance, with no tangible reason to actually complain... except that something just seemed... off. You just seemed a million miles away.

That's not like you, baby. Take care of yourself, ok?



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You know Dierdre, I have to agree. I don't know how Maise and Iris really felt at the end of the day, but there was something disturbing about the Thursday night show. At times it seemed that perhaps the real Trent had perished many years ago, and we were simply seeeing a Sheridan controlled automaton, maintained mainly to keep the money flowing in, and to give Li'l Rob an opportunity to get laid.

However, I feel your lack of faith in not coming the following night with the rest of us served you well... because Friday gave a slightly different impression...

Posted by: Gabriel | Mar 31, 2007 9:05:38 AM

Dude, you know I was dying. Yes, people: I had to CHOOSE to miss a NIN concert because I had a MIGRAINE.


Posted by: Dierdre | Mar 31, 2007 9:08:48 AM

"No, Trent, I'm sorry...I have a headache tonight."

Okay, my take on Thursday night...claustrophobia sent me to the seats up above, so although I could see Trent and the band, I could find no indications that Trent was robotic or cybernetic or anything like that. Given that the acoustics in the Gasometer are better than anything I've heard in a) a large sports arena, b) a college basketball arena and c) an outdoor amphitheater, the concert sounded pretty fucking good, even if the setlist wasn't the most inspiring.

Posted by: maise | Mar 31, 2007 9:38:38 AM

Come now, Maise --- it was you I believed who stated that the concert "started sorta slow" but "picked up after 'Hurt'."

"Hurt" was was at the END of the set, followed only by "THTF" and "Hole". That's not "starting slow"...

But as I said, Friday night was something else entirely...

Posted by: Gabriel | Mar 31, 2007 9:43:34 AM

Yeah, I did kind of say that. BUT...they finally played "Dead Souls" for me! I didn't think it was going to happen, as I felt that sinking sensation I always feel when "Burn" begins.

HOWEVER...I have to give props where props are due. I absolutely LOVED that Trent and co. did not hide themselves behind gauzy curtains, chinchilla cages or the like. There was a shitload of fog machine smoke, but otherwise I'm glad that we finally got a good look at them. Except for Aaron, maybe, who still plays like a douche.

Oh, and Alessandro? Sei sempre bello, caro.

Posted by: maise | Mar 31, 2007 9:47:10 AM

Well Trentbot clearly has some glitches. I remember part way into "Hurt" when his eyes are supposed to be closed I could see them fluttering...well not exactly...one eye was closed up tight but the other was fluttering madly. It was like The Terminator scanning the crowd for flying shit.

More thoughts later...

Posted by: Iris | Mar 31, 2007 9:51:28 AM

How sad that the personality that Trent has appropriated for live performances on the Year Zero tour is that of a robot. Damn.

Speaking of old school, while you all were being bored by TrentBot, I was attending a great performance by Sebadoh. Ha!

Posted by: JR | Mar 31, 2007 10:27:36 AM

Trentbot must also have been in Frankfurt.
I felt as if I was watching a TV show all the time.

Posted by: whitelady | Apr 5, 2007 2:43:40 PM

Just out of curiousity, whitelady, what was the setlist that he played? What were the first few songs, etc?

Posted by: Gabriel | Apr 5, 2007 5:03:11 PM

Unfortunately I totally forgot what he played first song, though I try to rack my brain every day since last Wednesday, but to no avail :( ... but it definitely rocked. It may have been You Know What You Are, but I´m not sure.
But right the second was We´re In This Together. It was great!
As for the rest of the show, I remember Closer somewhere in the middle, he played Reptile (a great one too!), Wish, Suck, Ruiner, The Wretched, March Of The Pigs, The Big Come Down (astonishingly, a very good one live), of Year Zero he only played Survivalism and The Beginning Of The End, near the end of the gig he played Burn (one of my favs) – and Hurt.
Right before the line "crown of shit" came, he abruptly quit Hurt, saying something like "you know, I´ve never understood why people have to scream to this song. You can scream to other songs, but not to this song." Unfortunately the stupid masses all around us only understood "scream". And guess what happened. It was a tragedy... Last two songs, Head Like A Hole and Hand That Feeds, Trent refused to sing the chorus, and they went backstage after that very quickly. I felt very sorry and would´ve loved to apologize for the stupidity of most people around us, but reading here that Trent´s grandfather died two days before, I now understand all the better why he was so vulnerable about Hurt.
Nevertheless, the whole concert went by all too quickly, and though it was executed perfectly, it didn´t feel real. Maybe it was me, because I was looking forward to this concert for so long now.

Posted by: whitelady | Apr 9, 2007 9:57:01 AM

ok is the fat one dierdre or maise..because either way you two would never be able to get Trent Reznor.
oh wait there are TWO fat gals so i guess the short one must be dierdre...i feel you...
and gabe you sexy ass mother fucker [yeah right!]
and who the fuck is the one with the big nose and really fucked up make-up??

Posted by: | Apr 9, 2007 8:49:18 PM

Wow, Anonymous, you sure are one brave motherfucker.

I guess I'll cop to being the short, "fat" one with the big nose.

Listen, babe, people have been calling me ugly since...forever. It bothered me in junior high (which is probably where you're at right now), but now I don't really give a shit. That probably has something to do with the fact that in Real Life, I regularly have sex with a legitimately attractive and photogenic officer of the law. Which is why, as much as I joke, Trent Reznor would never be able to get ME. So if I'm not hot enough for him, WHO CARES?

Besides, I bill myself as a dog...what more do you want?

So say whatever you want about me, but diss the others' personal appearance again, and I will cut you, you illiterate bitch and ellipses abuser...

Posted by: maise | Apr 10, 2007 12:16:50 AM

Maise, you rock my world (though you're no Gabriel, but I digress).

Keep on takin' those bites outta crime, girl.

Posted by: JR | Apr 10, 2007 6:32:15 AM

Thanks, JR. You're the best. And remember...Gabeliness is godliness.

Posted by: maise | Apr 10, 2007 7:44:22 AM

Fat chicks give good head. Nuff said.

Posted by: Gabriel | Apr 10, 2007 10:13:49 AM

Didn't Tommy Lee recommend Fucking a Fat Chick "Cuz they're really hot and can get freaky"?

Posted by: Tessah | Apr 10, 2007 4:11:51 PM

Hey Maise?

Where can I get one of those "Gabeliness is Godliness" t-shirts?

Posted by: JR | Apr 10, 2007 4:45:32 PM

Billy Corgan is tackling this issue right now...

"Emptiness is loneliness
And loneliness is cleanliness
And cleaniness is Godliness
And Godliness is Gabeliness
And Gabe is empty...just like me!"

Posted by: maise | Apr 10, 2007 5:12:21 PM

What does Billy Corgan know? HIS HEAD IS SHAVED! HE'S BALD!

And he's got funky teeth. REAL funky teeth.

Posted by: JR | Apr 10, 2007 5:33:38 PM

And he sounds like an insect when he sings, although I'm following what he's saying here.

Posted by: Iris | Apr 10, 2007 5:50:50 PM

So you agree that Gabeliness is Godliness?

Posted by: JR | Apr 10, 2007 5:53:56 PM

No, more that Gabe is empty.

Posted by: Iris | Apr 10, 2007 6:11:08 PM

Iris, what the hell?

I don't know why you would pay good money for the privilege and whimsy of traveling through Europe with Gabriel to destinations of his choosing if you think he is so "empty".

I don't know why you would aid and abet his crucifixion of Dierdre's nappy monkey if you think he is so "empty".

I don't know why you would match your image to his in published photos (there is no denying the PROOF), if you think he is so "empty".

I don't know why you'd want to be on the masthead of this website if you think he is so "empty".

I don't know why you'd sink your teeth into his pale flesh if you think he is so "empty".

Is it possible that you think he is "empty" because you have sucked all of the life out of him? Or attempted to?

Posted by: JR | Apr 10, 2007 6:30:21 PM

JR said:
What does Billy Corgan know? HIS HEAD IS SHAVED! HE'S BALD!

And he's got funky teeth. REAL funky teeth.

Hey watch what you say about bald men with wierd teeth. TR was recently such a man.

Posted by: Tessah | Apr 10, 2007 6:50:42 PM

Well, JR, I'm not sure if I'm supposed to reveal this or not...but Gabriel is empty because he is hollow.

No, literally hollow, like one of those $1.99 chocolate bunnies at Easter.

This is because Gabriel miraculously exists, being composed of nothing but his outer shell, a brain, and spunk.

That's my theory, anyway.

Posted by: maise | Apr 11, 2007 12:51:55 AM

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