Trent Reznor is your Friend. Really.

I really can’t stand record labels. They are only out for themselves, and the artist is second fiddle. Trent Reznor realized this some time ago, and is currently without a record contract. So, he has been re-inventing the music industry by allowing fans to buy his songs, and albums right from his site. I usually buy them right away! He has also gave free albums away as a thank you for supporting him! When was the last time Metallica did that? Never.

So, I went to the latest Nine Inch Nails concert, not only because I love their music, but he has shown me that directly supporting the artist feels good! He posted on his web site that he is pissed at the industry just prior to visiting our city, and announced that there would be a “very relaxed” camera policy, and he didn’t care if you took pictures, or video taped it! Really cool. Here is a blurb by Trent(ya, we go way back, on a first name basis…) on the topic,

File this one under lost opportunities. I’m very proud of the show we’ve put together for this tour and have been working hard the last few months to find a way to capture it. I had an amazing situation lined up that would have allowed me to film the show in 3D with James Cameron’s team for a theatrical release as well as DVD / BluRay, etc. We had an extra date added to the tour that we were going to give away all the tickets for and have a filming party / thank you show.I made two critical mistakes. One was to approach a certain record company that owns some of the song rights about producing / funding. The second was to allow said company to fuck around as usual for months before saying um… no. We then achieved the impossible by finding alternate production / funding but the timetable is too rushed to get it filmed comfortably with the remaining time left on the tour. This tour and a lot of the personnel involved finish at the end of this leg, so we can’t push filming into Jan / Feb.Deep breath…This was an amazing tour and production – certainly the best thing I’ve ever been involved with and likely the final tour for NIN on this scale. Thank you to those that came out to see it and forgive me for having a Kanye West moment, but this was FOR SURE the best show of the year and any bullshit end-of-the-year poll you may read in the next few weeks that says otherwise simply has it wrong. Those of you who saw it know I’m right.The shows we have announced in 2009 and any more that may be announced will be a completely different approach with some different personnel and will likely be the last for the foreseeable future.

So, after feeling like he missed a great opportunity to film the tour, he took matters into his own hands, and certain subversive individuals filmed 3 of the concerts, and Nine Inch Nails has posted the whole lot on their site! Warning, you must have a HUGE hard drive to get it all(400 GB’s for all 3)! Here is a snapshot from the site with Trent’s thank you! The link to the forum where you can get the concert footage is posted below!


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