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January 31, 2015

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Nine Inch Nails fans getting long in the tooth


Justin M. Bowen

Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails performs at the Pearl at the Palms Monday night followed by a set from Jane’s Addiction.

Nine Inch Nails-Jane's Addiction at the Pearl

Nine Inch Nails performs at the Pearl at the Palms Monday night followed by a set from Janes Addiction. Launch slideshow »

We’re all too old and tired for a mosh pit at the Nine Inch Nails show Monday night at The Pearl at The Palms.

Trent Reznor, now 44, has grown up, as has his audience.

You may remember Reznor as the skinny goth guy offering the words of wisdom, “Nothing can stop me now because I don’t care anymore.”

Sometime in the past 15 years he cut his hair and hit the gym. He looks more like a NFL linebacker than rock star and told us that this may be his last tour.

Still he played his angry songs, working up any rage he had left.

The angst-filled 16-year-olds who bought The Downward Spiral in 1994 are now 31-year-old parents.

One friend of mine brought along his pregnant wife. They had to leave as soon as Jane’s Addiction, who shared the bill with the Nails, strummed the final notes of “Jane Says.”

The babysitter was waiting.

Reznor’s simple rage at the government, his record company, ex-girlfriends, and the world as a whole now makes sense. Unemployment is rising. The working class are losing their homes and the ongoing recession touches nearly everything.

But these songs were written before the 9/11 attacks, before the start of two ongoing wars and long before this recession.

Which makes me wonder: What we were all so angry about anyway?

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