Thursday, September 03, 2009

Head Like A Hole

Nine Inch Nails
Henry Fonda Theater, Los Angeles, CA
September 3, 2009

Umlaut and The Sheriff have talked about doing a road trip together for years. However, we were hard pressed to find a band who we shared a strong mutual fandom about to make travel plans over... The Sheriff: Pearl Jam... Umlaut: Slayer... Oil and water... Then in July an event was announced that seemed like a good enough opportunity to make this dream happen.

Trent Reznor announced a series of 10 "final" NIN club and small theater shows in NYC, Chicago, and L.A.. I've never been a huge NIN and have only seen them a handful of times over the years, but this sounded like a cool event and The Sheriff is a big NIN fan.. Plus the L.A. shows seemed easy. Tickets for these small shows went onsale via the NIN website only, so there was the expected online frenzy as fans worldwide vied for the golden tickets to these final appearances.

Long story short, we scored tickets to the 3rd to the last show at the Henry Fonda Theater... 1,300 capacity... The last time I was there was 5 years ago. Cool, right? I started to decide what I was going to wear to the show......

Then at 3:47AM on the day of the show I noticed I had text messages that led me to this announcement on the NIN web site:

9.3.09: No show tonight at Henry Fonda Theater

We're very sorry to announce that Trent is ill, and on his doctor's orders we will not be able to perform tonight's show at the Henry Fonda Theater. This is the only information we have at this time, we're posting this early announcement as a convenience for those of you who had plans to attend. Reimbursement details will be posted as soon as we figure them out; likely within the next 24 hours. We wish this wasn't necessary and we're very sorry for the inconvenience. Thank you for your understanding.

Oh well, obviously it wasn't meant to be. On the way back to bed, some imaginary pimply-faced teenagers called me a fag. Note to The Sheriff: Let's keep trying about this Road Trip thing, brother! Obviously The Rock Godz did not think this show was worthy for us.. and we must abide by their decision.