Trent Reznor has announced that former King Crimson guitarist Adrian Belew is the new guitarist for Nine Inch Nails.
Reznor has been busy the last few years with soundtrack music (The Social Network, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) and it was doubtful whether he would ever reform the band but that all changed when he started working with Belew. Reznor issued the following statement:
I was working with Adrian Belew on some musical ideas, which led to some discussion on performing, which led to some beard-scratching, which (many steps later) led to the decision to re-think the idea of what Nine Inch Nails could be, and the idea of playing a show. Calls were made to some friends, lots of new ideas were discussed, and a show was booked – which led to another, which somehow led to a lot of shows.
The band is reinventing itself from scratch and will be comprised of Eric Avery, Adrian Belew, Alessandro Cortini, Josh Eustis, Ilan Rubin, and me. The first shows will begin this summer, followed by a full-on arena tour of the US this fall, and lots of other dates worldwide to follow through 2014.
Lots of details and dates to come. See you soon.
Belew took to his own blog to confirm the announcement:
today it is being announced at last.
something I’ve been wanted to tell you for a month now:
I’ve been asked to be the guitarist for nine inch nails!
we are going on an extensive world tour,
reaching places even I have never been!
I’ll be moving (temporarily) to LA in may
for 3 months of rehearsals after which the tour begins.
that’s about as much as I know for sure for now.
daniel rowland will be assisting me on the tour
which should allow us some time to continue
our third year of making my new solo project.