Saturday, May 23, 2009


The trip to Vegas was nothing short of EPIC! We ended up staying at the Palazzo and now I don't think I could imagine staying anywhere else. We were so spoiled! We saw Cirque du Soleil O and loved it. Next time I want to go see . They were actually our first choice but were on vacatio while we were there. One of the things Chris wanted to do while we were there was to collect as many different $1 chips as we could from the casinos. After A LOT of walking, we managed to collect quite a few!

That Sunday was Trent Reznor's 44th birthday so a bunch of NIN fans got together to have a birthday party at Hofbräuhaus in his honor. For me, the best part of the night was finally meeting so many NINies that I had gotten to know through Twitter. Mad love to my Twitter Bitches! In case you're wondering, Trent wasn't there, but we still had a great time. I'll put some video of the festivities up when I get it cleaned up (meaning: making sure I don't look too stupid).

The NIN/JA concert was amazing! I bought presale tickets through Jane's, so we got into the venue before the general public. If we'd had general admission, we could certainly have gotten a place on the security rail, but I was perfectly happy to have my 2nd row seats. The tickets were souvenir quality and they didn't even tear them at the venue. Seriously, they were pretty fancy!

For some reason Street Sweeper Social Club didn't open the show, so Nine Inch Nails went on first. Of course, it wouldn't be a NIN concert unless something went wrong, so this time it was the smoke machines setting the fire alarms off in the venue. Luckily, it didn't cause too much of a delay and Trent, Robin, Justin and Ilan put on quite a show! The set list was probably one only a devoted fan would fully appreciate but NIN is so amazing live that even casual fans loved it...

01. Somewhat Damaged
02. Terrible Lie
03. Heresy
04. March Of The Pigs
05. The Frail
06. Piggy
07. Metal
08. The Big Come Down
09. Gave Up
10. The Fragile
11. I Do Not Want This
12. The Downward Spiral
13. Wish
14. Survivalism
15. The Day The World Went Away
16. Physical (You're So)
17. The Hand That Feeds
18. Head Like A Hole
19. Hurt

Closing the show was Jane's Addiction and they did not disappoint! Perry Farrell is an amazing showman. His commentary was entertaining and he was energetic and animated, despite his recent leg injury. I never thought of him as particularly attractive but he looked damn good that night! Of course, the highlight of any Jane's show is Dave Navarro (shirtless Dave, as we so affectionately call him). Not only is he incredibly good looking, but he is also an amazingly talented guitar player.

The Jane's set list was as follows:

Three Days
Ain't No Right
Pigs in Zen
Then She Did...
Mountain Song
Had a Dad
Been Caught Stealing
Ted, Just Admit it...
Ocean Size
Summertime Rolls
Jane Says

You didn't have to be a Jane's Addiction fan to appreciate what an amazing performance it was. People who had attended shows earlier in the tour said that it was their best yet. I believe it! The only negative about this concert was that it made me really want to go to another concert locally!

Chris took a ton of pictures at the concert which can be found here. He got some really amazing shots like the one below. We also have a ton of video footage that I'm working on making into something viewable. I couldn't believe that Trent fought with the venues to relax the camera/video policy. He really loves his fans and wanted us to take home memories of what could be the last NIN tour EVER. Thanks, Trent, we love you!

There really are no words for how happy I am with my whole Vegas experience. You can be sure that we will be planning another trip out there. In the meantime, I'll be looking for decent tickets to see NIN/JA in Maryland. If I an come up with $1200, I might donate to Trent's Help Out and Hang Out campaign to help Eric De La Cruz get a heart transplant. It's a lot of money, but it would be worth it. I'll probably make another post about this specifically later.

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