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07/27/2014 Nine Inch Nails, Soundgarden (Toronto, ONT @ Molson Ampitheatre)

By Eric | August 9, 2014 2:11 pm

I always end up having to go to Toronto to see some of the really big name acts, and these two titans were no different. The last time I saw both bands was actually in TO as well (Soundgarden in 2011, NIN in 2008). Drove up with Sara and crew, and we cut it pretty close, what with border traffic, QEW traffic, Toronto traffic, and traffic traffic. I got in just as SG was starting, so thankfully I didn’t miss anything. A very similar set to what I saw in 2011 on the reunion show, albeit shorter. They did play two tunes that I didn’t see then: Flower and the new A Thousand Days Before. This shorter set was heavy on Superunkown songs, since the 20th anniversary of that album’s release had just occurred. The band sounded good, Chris Cornell was spot-on, but I feel like I had an overall better time seeing them in 2011.

My Wave

Outshined (nevermind the pole, the audio is pretty good)

Searching With My Good Eye Closed
Spoonman
Flower
Outshined
Black Hole Sun
Jesus Christ Pose
The Day I Tried to Live
My Wave
Superunknown
Blow Up the Outside World
Fell on Black Days
A Thousand Days Before
Rusty Cage
Beyond the Wheel

So after the intermission, it was time to see what cool tricks Trent and co. had up their sleeve. A new light show, some new songs, and a 4 piece band made for a different experience than the prior 3 times I’d seen NIN. They opened with Copy of A, and then into a song I’d never seen live, Sanctified. One curiosity with this setlist, absolutely nothing from The Fragile. Highlights for me included Terrible Lie (because it always is), Gave Up, and I thought The Great Destroyer was pretty cool. The visuals were certainly a sight to behold, nothing like what I’d seen on prior tours. Much like Soundgarden however, I didn’t leave this show with the THIS IS AWESOME kind of vibe that I’d gotten from the past shows. I like the more electronic-tinged NIN stuff, but I’ll always prefer the heavier, harder stuff.

Copy of A / Sanctified

The Great Destroyer

Copy of A
Sanctified
Came Back Haunted
1,000,000
March of the Pigs
Piggy
Terrible Lie
Closer
Gave Up
Me, I’m Not
Find My Way
The Great Destroyer
Eraser
Wish
Only
The Hand That Feeds
Head Like a Hole
Encore:
Hurt

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