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Nine Inch Nails, Jane's Addiction Coming to Cricket on May 15

-moody Trent Reznor.

Nine Inch Nails will supposedly be making their final appearance in the Valley for the foreseeable future on Friday, May 15, at Cricket Wireless Pavillion.

I say "supposedly" because of the following:

A). The date hasn't been confirmed by the venue or its management (but has been reported here, here, and here).

B). Because we all know how final "final" concert tours can be.

The recently reunited Jane's Addiction (featuring its original lineup of Perry Farrell, Stephen Perkins, Eric Avery, and Dave Navarro) will be co-headlining the gig. Hit the jump for a newly posted video of NIN live in concert, as well as Trent Reznor's reasons behind why he might be pulling the plug on future tours.

In a recent post to NIN's official web site, Reznor's mulls over the fact that it's been nearly two decades since Pretty Hate Machine was released in 1989, and that he's considering putting the project on a long-term hiatus.

Here's the word straight from Reznor's keyboard:

In NIN world, 2009 marks the 20th anniversary of our first releases. I've been thinking for some time now it's time to make NIN disappear for a while. Last year's 'Lights in the Sky' tour was something I'm quite proud of and seems like the culmination of what I could pull off in terms of an elaborate production. It was also quite difficult to pull off technically and physically night after night and left us all a bit dazed. After some thought, we decided to book a last run of shows across the globe this year. The approach to these shows is quite different from last year--much more raw, spontaneous and less scripted. Fun for us and a different way for you to see us and wave goodbye.

Personally, I won't shed any tears if Reznor ends up shelving NIN for good. I'm of the opinion that since releasing The Downward Spiral in 1994, Reznor's been engaged in just that. Everything after creating "The Perfect Drug" for that execrable 1997 David Lynch flick Lost Highway has been either a retread (The Fragile) or an absolute bore (Ghosts I-IV).

While there's no way any NIN concert could ever top their mid-'90s tour with David Bowie (which visited Cricket in November 1995), I wouldn't mind seeing Trent bust out with his angry-yet-mopey-leather-clad-industrial-rock-boy theatrics one last time. Here's a clip of the dour dude performing said theatrics alongside The Dillinger Escape Plan at last week's Soundwave Festival in Australia.

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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.