We don't know about you, but around here, September brings to mind tours and massive live shows — probably because it's the only month where summer and fall, the two biggest touring seasons, collide. So, as our thoughts turn to the gigs we've reported on, witnessed and celebrated in recent weeks and months, we thought we'd get our readers — as in, you! — involved as we attempt to pick rock's greatest live band or artist!
Many bands perform covers of artists they admire as a way to pay homage or share their love of a song with the audience. Sometimes the band chooses to play it exactly like the record, and if it's a tricky song it's all the more impressive. If I saw a random band at a bar flawlessly pull off “Satch Boogie” or any Periphery songs note for note I'd be blown away.
I love a great cover performance. Especially one that has a different take than the original, but remains recognizable. Sometimes I am more interested in listening to great cover than to the original! The artist took something that’s already familiar and added his or her own personality to it. Not only that, but the new performer is paying respect to another artist.
Nine Inch Nails are streaming their new album — and first in five years — Hesitation Marks, a week before its scheduled release. You can hear the entire album now on iTunes. Be sure to tell us what you think of the album in the comments below.
Nine Inch Nails have posted a new music video for "Came Back Haunted," a track from their upcoming album, Hesitation Marks, which will be released September 3. The video, which you can see below, was directed by filmmaker David Lynch.
As we reported earlier this month, King Crimson guitarist Adrian Belew quit Nine Inch Nails, posting the following note via Facebook: "hey folks, before this goes too far let me say this: I greatly respect trent and the music he makes. no one is at fault. we both agreed it just was not working. I’m sorry to disappoint anyone. that really hurts. but NIN will do an amazing show and I am back where I belong: creating FLUX."