Monday, November 24, 2008

Nine Inch Nails at Mizzou Arena in Columbia

As expected, Trent Reznor and company did not disappoint. It was an awesome show again, and we can't wait to buy the Blu-Ray concert DVD when it comes out.

We left KC at 3 P.M. so we could get to Columbia in time for dinner and make it to the show by 7:30 P.M. We had a reservation at the Hampton Inn nearest to the stadium, which was supposed to be one block away from the arena and a very short, easy walk, according to the person I talked to at the hotel (so we wouldn't have to worry about driving), but when we got there, the people at the desk said it was 3/4 mile away, which is more like a 15 minute walk, and we were not going to do that in 30 degree weather. This is just one thing that was disappointing about the hotel, but I won't get into all of those details. The room however, was great! I think you can figure it out:

Yes, that is a jacuzzi tub right next to the bed. Score!

We drank the two beers we brought with us an headed out for dinner. We were just going to get McDonald's or some sort of fast food, but we came upon Fuddrucker's. Both of us had eaten at one when we were little kids and remember it being pretty good, so we ate there. And we were not at all disappointed. It was very cheap and we both got really full off of medium rare burgers, french fries and onion rings.

After gorging ourselves on meat and potatoes, we headed to the arena. Our seats were for row 10, which we were a little disapointed in considering we had "first row" seats at the last concert, but once we found them we realized they were great seats. They turned out to be "first row" also! Part of the arena's seats were folded in underneath us, so we were actually the front row. See how happy we are:

The opening act was a band called Boris that we watched one song from, left to save our ears from the screeching guitar, and go down a few beers.

Opening acts are always hit or miss, and this one was definitely a miss.

The one bad thing about this arena is that they seem to not be set up to serve beer. They had one concession stand open that sold only beer in 8 oz. cups and they were $4 each. It was ridiculous- especially when the entire place had to come to this one stand to get beer. The line was out of control. Luckily, we weren't wanting to drink too much since we had to get up early the next day to come home and pick up the dog, so this helped us out, otherwise I would have been very upset. Maybe locals new this would be the case, so they just drank a lot ahead of time- we saw a lot of smashed people at the concert. Good times!

At 9 P.M. the Lights in the Sky show started.

See how close we were? That shirt that Trent is wearing actually has holes in the armpits, that's how close we were. We could see every facial expression, every drop of sweat, every blank stare of the bass guitarist.

Their setlist was pretty much the same as the concert we went to in St. Louis:


Letting You


March of the Pigs

Head Down
The Frail
The Wretched
Gave Up

Me, I'm Not

The Great Destroyer

5 Ghosts I
17 Ghosts II

19 Ghosts III

Terrible Lie
31 Ghosts IV
The Hand That Feeds

Head Like a Hole

The Good Soldier
In This Twilight

There were some new visual effects that they had added since St. Louis, and Brian said he actually saw the blue screen of death. One of the new effects was a close up camera on Trent as he was singing that made him look pretty freaky. That's him in the background of this pic (you can see his mouth):

Trent also talked to the audience for a couple of minutes, which is pretty unusual (I had never heard so much as say hi to an audience). He asked if Missouri was a great place to live, talked about how he came from a place where there was nothing to do, he made a comment about someone's iPhone needing an update, and he made a comment about how his album was free, but you could just go ahead and steal all his other albums, he doesn't give a fuck anymore.

Here are some shots of the amazing effects the three HD screens and bank of lights can create:

(Trent Reznor is actually playing the marimba in this one!)

All three screens in action

We took a lot of different videos of the show, but we were so close the sound on the video is horribly distorted. The video turned out great, but Brian wants to try to overlay the studio versions of the songs onto the videos before he puts them online so that you can actually stand to watch them.

After the show we went back to the hotel and took full advantage of the jacuzzi tub. We filled it with bubbles, turned the TV on, and ate a pint of Ben and Jerry's ice cream. It was a nice way to relax after an energy filled evening.

We woke up early the next morning, grabbed our "hot" breakfast of french toast sticks and sausage patties (yeah, this was just one of our many other complaints- no eggs, no sausage, etc.) and got the hell on the road.

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