The Downward Spiral Live In Its Entirety

Nine Inch Nails took the opportunity to play their album The Downward Spiral live in its entirety on August 23, 2009 at Webster Hall in New York City. This means that the lucky bastards in that hot, sweaty club got to hear “A Warm Place” played live for the first time ever, and got to hear “Big Man With A Gun” played for the first time in more than a decade, not to mention getting to see the best NIN album of them all played front to back in what to be a thrill for the performers as well as the audience.

I call them “lucky bastards,” but when I read the news on The NIN Hotline this morning, my first reaction wasn’t anger. No, it was pure, unadulterated joy. I may not have gotten to see this happen, but someone did, and a great many Nine Inch Nails fans out there have got to be happy Goddamned campers this morning.

Apparently, there will be no professional recording of any of these shows, so we’ll just have to wait and see if a bootleg emerges. But good on ya, Webster Hall attendees. I’m sure that most of you would say that all that sweating really was worth it.