Nine Inch Nails have been eagerly anticipating what the band would perform live on their new tour. At their Las Vegas tour opener last week, the band gave their new single “God Break Down The Door” its live debut, and they also covered David Bowie’s “I’m Afraid Of Americans” for the first time in years. Last night, the band played Vegas again, and the show included another new song, another classic cover, and an appearance from a synth-rock icon.
During the band’s set at the Joint, the club inside the Hard Rock Hotel, they played the new song “Ahead Of Ourselves” for the first time. It’s a seething, spitting postpunk/industrial number and a clear sign that the new album Bad Witch, which comes out in just four days, is not going to be a sedate affair.
On Saturday night they played a different song from Joy Division: The 1978 song “Digital,” which they’d never covered live before. And they also covered Gary Numan’s “Metal,” a song from Numan’s 1979 classic The Pleasure Principle. They’d covered that same song at the first Vegas show, but this time, Numan showed up to help out.