Official Press Release
3rd September 1995
It will be a meeting of two of rock’s most acclaimed and visionary performers when DAVID BOWIE returns to the road this autumn with very special guests NINE INCH NAILS. Ending weeks of speculation, the much-rumoured ‘Outside Tour’ will launch on September 14th in Hartford, CT, and will feature sets by both artists in addition to a surprise opening act to be announced shortly.
The trek – set to last six weeks in North America – will visit mostly outdoor amphitheatres and have a ticket price of $28.50; there will be reserved seating at each concert, with all the shows having a general admission section in the pit.
For DAVID BOWIE, who is headlining the tour, this will mark his first solo concert tour since his ‘Sound And Vision’ trek in 1990. It also represents BOWIE’s first tour with new solo material in eight years, coinciding with the September 26th release of his RCA Records album (Virgin Records in the US), ‘OUTSIDE’. The album reunites BOWIE with producer and collaborator Brian Eno for the first time since the pivotal 70’s releases, ‘Low’, “Heroes” and ‘Lodger’, a trilogy of experimental works that established a blueprint for an array of industrial and other contemporary artists. Highlights of ‘OUTSIDE’ include ‘The Heart’s Filthy Lesson’ – a special version of which has been remixed by TRENT REZNOR; ‘Hallo Spaceboy’, ‘We Prick You’, ‘I’m Deranged’, ‘Strangers When We Meet’ and ‘Voyeur Of Utter Destruction (As Beauty)’.
Set to perform onstage in a stripped-down, non-theatrical format, BOWIE will be joined by a group of musicians who’ve played with him at various points in his career – guitarist Carlos Alomar (who has worked with BOWIE since 1974), guitarist Reeves Gabrels (Tin Machine), keyboardist Mike Garson (‘Ziggy Stardust’, ‘Aladdin Sane’), background vocalist George Simms (BOWIE’s 1983 tour), plus ex-Gang Of Four bassist Gail Ann Dorsey, synthesist Peter Schwartz and drummer Zachary Alford.
Since the release of NINE INCH NAILS’ 1989 double platinum debut ‘Pretty Hate Machine’ and their unflagging tours, the band have established themselves as the most vicious, dark and provocative band to kick the mainstream into submission.
With 1992’s Grammy award-winning ‘Broken’ EP and March 1994’s release of the now double platinum recording, ‘The Downward Spiral’ to their record-breaking, sold out Self Destruct 1995 tour, America has seen NIN continue to smash definitions of ”popular” music. NIN’s brutally honest recordings and skilful showmanship on stage has kept them more than alive and growing; always unpredictable while going against the grain. Critics cited ‘The Downward Spiral’ as the most uncommercial recording ever to debut in the Top 10 (it entered Billboard’s LP chart at No. 2) and audiences were blown away by their history-making, show-stealing set at last summer’s Woodstock festival. Musician magazine named Trent Reznor 1994’s Artist of the Year; Entertainment Weekly placed him as one of this year’s Top 10 Entertainers and Rolling Stone voted NIN’s live show as one of the Top 5 of 1994. Simultaneously, sticking true to their grass roots, NIN swept Alternative Press readers’ poll as Best Band, Best Album, and Best Live Act of 1994. Los Angeles Times’ Robert Hilburn sums it up calling Trent Reznor ”rock’s most compelling new anti-hero.”
Opening for DAVID BOWIE will afford NINE INCH NAILS yet another opportunity to captivate a new audience. Besides the unique pairing of REZNOR and BOWIE whose album ‘Low’ influenced Trent during the recording of ‘The Downward Spiral’, NIN’s live show alone promises to unite and turn on two generations of fans. Trent Reznor and his live band – Chris Vienna (drums), Charlie Clouser (keyboards), Robin Finck (guitar) and Danny Lohner (guitar and bass) – eagerly prepare to seduce this hybrid audience by sharing the stage with DAVID BOWIE.
Cities confirmed through the month of September include Hartford, Boston, Toronto, Philadelphia, Detroit and Chicago.
Dates and venues to be announced shortly.