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Nine Inch Nails Leave Their ‘Mark’ on New Jersey – Live Review + Photo Gallery

Spencer Kaufman, Loudwire

Nine Inch Nails took their ‘Tension 2013′ tour to the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., last night (Oct. 15), where frontman Trent Reznor and company thrilled the crowd with a mix of old and new.

Amidst a cloud of fog, Reznor and the band launched into ‘Copy of A’ off the new NIN album ‘Hesitation Marks,’ which dropped last month. From there they went into ‘The Slip’ track ‘1,000,000’ in a sea of strobe lights. The band was barely visible during the first two tunes before coming into light for a back-to-back attack on the classic tracks ‘Terrible Lie’ and ‘March of the Pigs.’

As you can see by our photo above, the 48-year-old Reznor is in great shape and bounced around the stage like a rocker half his age. He was surrounded by a stellar cast of musicians including Robin Finck, Alessandro Cortini and Josh Eustis on multiple instruments, along with bassist Pino Palladino, drummer Ilan Rubin and backup singers Lisa Fischer and Sharlotte Gibson.

The middle of the set skirted around the classic NIN hits in favor of new material and deeper cuts. Among the ‘Hesitation Marks’ tracks that the band performed were the single ‘Came Back Haunted’ and ‘Find My Way,’ each finding a little more edge in a live setting.

The initial set ended with the 1-2-3 punch of ‘Wish,’ ‘The Hand That Feeds’ and ‘Head Like a Hole,’ the last of which turned into an arena-wide sing-along. ‘Head Like a Hole’ whipped the crowd into the biggest frenzy of the night, and with good reason: the band’s performance of the song that first put them on the map was as fresh and scorching as ever.

The fans in New Jersey were treated to a rare surprise during the encore when Reznor and the band performed David Bowie’s ‘I’m Afraid of Americans,’ a track that NIN remixed as a single. Closing out the night was a masterful performance of ‘Hurt’ that left the crowd exiting on massive high.

NIN’s ‘Tension 2013′ tour runs through late November. To see the dates and pick up tickets, click here, or enter our contest for a chance to win a pair of tickets to a select date of your choice in the entry form below the photo gallery.

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