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Trent Reznor Says Playing The Grammys Was An “An Utter Waste Of Time”, Finds Demos For “The Fragile” Reissue


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Nine Inch Nails mastermind Trent Reznor chatted with 3news.co.nz and spoke freely on his various happenings. In addition to discussing his and Atticus Ross‘ score for “Gone Girl” and his work with the Beats Music service; he was asked about his Grammys experience and if he would ever come back.

Reznor of course paired with Queens Of The Stone Age, Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters and Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac fame for a collaborative set at the awards ceremony last month. That performance was ultimately cut short by various promotional concerns and credits.

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Reznor told the site of the experience:

“…It was an utter waste of time. And I’ll speak for a second on this. When this came up as an option, ‘Hey, the Grammys would like you to play’, you know, quite frankly it was flattering.

I’m not a fan of the Grammys, as I’ve vocally expressed in the past, I don’t think I’ve ever sat through an entire broadcast. I know I’ve never attended one.

But the way my head works is, to try to approach it from, ‘Okay, if we did do it, what could be the upside?’ And Josh [Homme, Queens of The Stone Age] and I spent a long time talking about the pros and cons. You know, ‘Do we want to be on a shit show on TV? No, not really.

Do we want to be affiliated with the Grammys? No, not really. Would we like to reach a large audience and actually do something with integrity on our terms? Well, yeah.

Let’s roll the dice and go into it with the best intentions, with a performance we think is worthy and might – you know – stand out from the crowd. Or it might not!’

But what we weren’t expecting was that level of insult [laughter]. In fact we walked off stage and I thought, ‘Hey, that actually went pretty well’, and I look at my collaborator Rob Sheridan, who I run into, and he’s like, ‘Oh my god man, you won’t believe what they just did’, and… ‘What?’ ‘They cut this thing off in the middle and put a Delta commercial on’. ‘What?’ We had no idea.

You know, and it was just… I can look now and say I should have expected something like that, you know? But, more than anything it was just insulting. I invite my friend Lindsey Buckingham to come up on stage and it’s just ‘You know what, you’ve invited me into this place, f**k you. F**k you guys’, you know?

So, lesson learned. And the other thing is if we hadn’t have done it, I’d be thinking, ‘Well, what would have happened it we would have done it?’ You know.

So I don’t regret that we did it, but would I ever – in any situation – ever consider possibly patronising that event in any form? Absolutely not.”

Another interesting revelation that came up was the discovery of various demos from the bands sessions for their 1999 album “The Fragile“. When asked if the oft-delayed “The Fragile” reissue was still a go, he replied:

“Yeah, we’ve done a lot of the work for that. Really what it’s come down to is with all the other stuff going on, the Fragile thing in particular, I want to make sure I get it right. You know, we’ve mixed everything in surround, it sounds amazing, we have a great package ready to go. I just stumbled across 40-or-so demos that are from that era that didn’t turn into songs, that range from sound effects to full-fledge pieces of music, and I kind of feel like – something should happen with that.

And I think it has something to do with that package, and I just need the bandwidth to kind of calmly think about it, and decide how much effort I want to devote into that and what to do with it. I have a lot of ideas that could eat up immense amounts of time and I’m trying to weigh out – just think it through. I don’t want to pull the trigger on something and go, ‘Man, I should have done it in this way.’ And I just haven’t had a chance to be in a calm place where I can think it through completely and make that decision.”

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