If John C. was the celebrity I had been worshipping since I was a tweener, Trent Reznor was the rock god I have adored since I was in my young twenties. I remember when I was a DJ in a rock station, I would play his music using my own CD that I bought from the store. Since the songs were unedited or unapproved by the programmer (meaning – not fit to play on air), I had to resort to bleeping those nasty four-letter words in the lyrics myself while they were playing on air (*sighs*—those were good times…) even at the risk of bringing on the ire of the ntc or my boss. I did it because of my love for Trent and his music… But as time passed, from a rocking dj, I moved on to a more conservative job and lifestyle. Also, my taste in music changed and mellowed. But my infatuation with Trent remained. What sets him apart from other screaming rockers was his unique voice. His gut-wrenching screams and howls were heartfelt and real. The belief and conviction in his lyrics and music were still there. He wasn’t giving you b*llsh*t. It wasn’t all flash and show. He was real and sincere, and in that sense, he was deeply respected and admired by the old fans who remained loyal and by the newer generation as well.
NIN rockin in Manila (right)
So when I heard that NIИ would be having a concert in Araneta Coliseum on august 5, the rockgirl in me rose from its deep slumber. I immediately sprang into action and bought the necessary ticket. I wasn’t going to hesitate to buy the seats close to the stage. This was said to be the farewell concert tour, it has to be now or never. It is not every day (or every year even!) that such a legendary act like NIИ comes to our humble shores – we are always being bypassed and ignored for other affluent Asian nations.
How was it? I’ll cut the story short. The place wasn’t packed but it was ok. We had a blast and worth every centavo! Trent sang a lot of new unfamiliar songs but the ‘classics’ were there – Downward Spiral, Hurt, Closer, Afraid of Americans, The Hand That Feeds, Head Like a Hole… and even if a lot of songs were unfamiliar, we were absolutely thrilled. Our mouths agape almost the whole time… couldn’t freaking believe that The Awesome Man in Black was finally here… in our midst… watching him sing! Water bottles were thrown plus mic stands, guitars… Trent even threw his tambourine to a lucky person in the audience (“Ay? Panu naman kami!”)!
The Awesome Man in Black (left): I was seated at the far right of the stage. Good view. Pero sensya na. I took countless of pix but only a few shots came out well.
The next day, my friends asked me how it was. I just couldn’t describe it well enough. I was still at a loss for words… then I guess the best way to describe it was (ahem! kids, cover your eyes first): “It was like great sex!” Basta, yun na yun… haha! It was full of high energy, dripping with dark sexy testosterone… Ibang klase talaga magrakrakan ang mga kano.
But then, I also watched the 1995 Manila concert of Foo Fighters, Beastie Boys, and Sonic Youth — NIИ was never anything like that… which only meant – ibang klase talaga rumakrak si Treznor!
Treznor waves goodbye (right): No, don’t retire yet, Trent. We can’t live without you, man…
As I said, I do have pix but they’re not worth posting (only worth looking at by me) so I’ll just repost pix from nin’s website. These following pix were taken by NIИ’s art director, Rob Sheridan. Click on the pix and they will lead you to their website:
Hello, SEXY BEAST! Trent sings Heresy… He screams, yells, and sweats profusely…
“Help me… I broke apart my insides!”
Final encore song was HURT: this is the SOP concert moment wherein we hold up the customary lighters and lit up cellphones with matching swaying swaying…You can see my lit Nokia at the far left. Ano ba. Of course I’m kiddin…
BTW, those 3 pix can also be found in nin’s wp blog.
Thank you, Trent for including us in your NIИ’s Wave Goodbye Asian Tour 2009. We will surely won’t forget this… ever! It was superbly … asteeeg!