Nine Inch Nails opened their Cold and Black and Infinite Tour on Thursday Sept. 13 in Phoenix, Ariz., and wasted no time surprising fans with a performance of their entire 1992 Broken EP.
The Comerica Theatre show marked the band’s first-ever full performance of the release, and their first take on “Happiness in Slavery” in 23 years. Led by frontman Trent Reznor, the EP performance also included the first live “Last” since 2009, as well as “Help Me I Am in Hell” (for the first time since 2013) and “Happiness in Slavery” (for the first time since 1995).
Broken‘s two final tracks also proved to be live rarities, including Adam and the Ants’ “Physical” (last played in 2009) and Pigface’s “Suck” (last played in 2013).
The show also included newer fare. Tracks like “Shit Mirror” off this year’s Bad Witch punched up the middle of NIN’s single set, as did the live debut of Add Violence‘s “This Isn’t the Place” and a cover of David Bowie’s “I’m Afraid of Americans.” Following a triple threat of fan favorites “Only,” “The Hand That Feeds” and “Head Like A Hole,” Nine Inch Nails encored their tour opener with “Less Than” off of Add Violence, “The Day the World Went Away” off The Fragile and “Hurt” off NIN’s seminal 1994 LP The Downward Spiral.
Watch a few videos from the show and check out the full setlist below:
Nine Inch Nails
Sept. 13, 2018
Comerica Theatre, Phoenix, AZ
Pinion Intro, Wish, Last^, Help Me I Am in Hell *, Happiness in Slavery+, Gave Up, Physical%, Suck#, March of the Pigs, The Lovers, Reptile
Shit Mirror, Ahead of Ourselves, This Isn’t the [email protected], I’m Afraid of Americans^^, Survivalism, Only, The Hand that Feeds, Head Like a Hole
Enc: Less Than, The Day the World Went Away, Hurt
^first performance since 2009
* first performance since 2013
+first performance since 1995
%Adam and the Ants cover, first performance since 2009
#Pigface cover, first performance since 2013
@ live debut
^^David Bowie cover