At a time when very few people can afford to retire early, [artist id="1001"]Nine Inch Nails[/artist] CEO Trent Reznor is pulling the plug at the ripe old age of 44. During an early-morning set on Sunday at the three-day Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee, Reznor informed the crowd that the searing performance would be his long-running band's last-ever U.S. date.
"It just dawned on me that this is our last show ever in the United States," Reznor told the crowd, according to The Associated Press. "Don't be sad. I'll keep going. But I think I'm going to lose my ... mind if I keep doing this, and I have to stop."
Reznor, the only consistent member of the group since its inception in the late 1980s, took the stage with his band's latest line-up not long after Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band wrapped up a three-hour set. NIN recently finished a co-headlining U.S. tour with Jane's Addiction, and they're slated to play a series of shows in Europe and Asia that end in August. The entire run of gigs was dubbed the Wave Goodbye Tour, intended as a farewell tour to mark the 20th anniversary of the group's 1989 debut, Pretty Hate Machine.
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In February, in announcing the tour with fellow alternative-rock godheads Jane's, Reznor explained that the anniversary had caused him to reflect on his band's history. "In NIN world, 2009 marks the 20th anniversary of our first releases," he wrote in a post on the official NIN forum. "I've been thinking for some time now it's time to make NIN disappear for a while. Last year's Lights in the Sky tour was something I'm quite proud of and seems like the culmination of what I could pull off in terms of an elaborate production. It was also quite difficult to pull off technically and physically night after night and left us all a bit dazed. After some thought, we decided to book a last run of shows across the globe this year."
Reznor promised the shows would be more "raw, spontaneous and less scripted" than the technically complex Lights performances. "Fun for us and a different way for you to see us and wave goodbye," he said.
A spokesperson for the group could not be reached for comment at press time to confirm Reznor's future plans for NIN.