When two of the biggest and most influential alt-rock bands of all time decide to tour together, its hard to find much to complain about. Indeed, the only negative we can come up with about Nine Inch Nails touring with a newly reunited Janes Addiction is the unfortunate NIN/JA moniker theyve slapped on this tour. Cheesy names aside, theres no reason to believe this wont be one of the best tours of the year. NINs recent studio output has been a bit spotty, but frontman Trent Reznor knows what fans expect and doesnt shy away from classic material off of early albums like Pretty Hate Machine and The Downward Spiral during live performances. Janes Addiction, meanwhile, has reunited with original bassist Eric Avery for the first time since 1991. Averys instantly recognizable bass lines on songs like Summertime Rolls, Mountain Song and Three Days cemented his reputation as one of rocks most creative bassists. If their recent 10-song set at SxSW is any indication, Janes Addiction is likely to ignore their ill-advised 2003 comeback album, Strays, in favor of their seminal late 80s/early 90s output. For nostalgic Gen Xers, this double-bill would seem like a cant-miss proposition.
Fri., May 15, 7:30 p.m., 2009