Nine Inch Nails at Capital FM Arena

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New technology and changes within the music industry have fostered a DIY attitude to publishing music among many of today’s bands which often cuts out the middle man.

But one well-known industrial rock band from the early nineties was doing this way before anyone else was.

Multi-instrumental front man Trent Reznor, of Nine Inch Nails, used the studio he worked at as a handyman to record and produce a hit album, with the help of drum machines, samplers and keyboards.

Pretty Hate Machine was released in 1989 and went on to become one of the first independently-released selling albums.

Trent is obviously an older chap than he was in the 1990s and the band are filling stadiums on their own.

So, it is probably a bit unrealistic to expect them to be covered head-to-toe in mud and ending up in A&E after jumping headfirst into stage equipment like they used to - but it was hard not to be disappointed when they finished promptly at 10.30pm with just two encores.

That said, the Nails definitely do enough to pull off a fun stadium gig - with an awesome light show and sublime stage screen visuals.

The setlist on Saturday’s gig at Nottingham’s Capital FM Arena was packed with old favourites like Piggy, Closer and Head Like a Hole.

Everybody has their favourites but mine on the night was Terrible Lie, from Pretty Hate Machine, which had everybody screaming the title chorus at the stage.

They also belted out The Day The Whole World Went Away and Wish in good old Nails style and finished, of course, with Hurt, accompanied with the usual creepy, giant video images.

There were also staff wandering round the arena with draft beer backpacks - which are awesome when you need a pint and fast.