Nine Inch Nails Head To Europe; Mix Up 'Fragile' Sequence - 09/28/1999

(9/28/99, 1 p.m. PDT) - These waiting for Trent Reznor to launch a Nine Inch Nails tour in the U.S. will have to wait a little longer. NIN has announced European tour dates in support of the just-released opus The Fragile that will keep Reznor busy from Nov. 11 through early December.

Meanwhile, fans may be surprised to learn that the sequencing of The Fragile differs on CD, cassette, and vinyl. Reznor recently took some time to post a note to the Nine Inch Nails bulletin board to explain his reason for mixing things up on the various configurations.

"We agonized over the sequencing of the record and focused solely on the CD config. as the definitive one," he wrote. "After the decision was made to move to two CDs, the problem then became removing tracks to get the right feel and flow...When we assembled the cassette, we now had four beginnings and endings to contend with instead of two of each (for the CD) follow. It worked out pretty well just dividing the songs up, but we wanted the A sides of the cassettes to be slightly longer than the B sides (so that when the tape flips over you are not in the middle of the first song on that side). We added the 'Appendage' to 'Please' to make that work.

"For the vinyl, the decision to move to three discs was based on fidelity. (You can only fit so many minutes on a side of vinyl before it degrades the sound). So now we are faced with six beginnings and endings. Simply splitting the sides up didn't work as well this time, so we decided to include the other two tracks we had been considering ('10 Miles High' and 'The New Flesh') as well as use the full unedited versions of all the other songs on the record. The vinyl sequencing has actually grown on me lately as a viable alternate!--just thought you might want to know..."

Here's Nine Inch Nails' European tour dates:

11/11 - Barcelona, Spain, Pabellon Valle Hebron11/17 - Milan, Italy, Alcatraz11/19 - Munich, Germany, Colosseum11/20 - Vienna, Austria, Libro Music Hall11/22 - Berlin, Columbiahalle11/23 - Copenhagen, Denmark, KB Halle11/25 - Paris, Le Zenith11/26 - Düsseldorf, Germany, Stahlwerk11/28 - Tilburg, Netherlands O1311/29, 12/1 - London, Brixton Academy

-- Barry Jeckell, New York