Trent Reznor believe other artists have been copying Nine Inch Nails live shows.
In a new interview on BBC Radio 6, the musician explained the band’s move back to more simple, traditional style concerts after years of increasingly elaborate and technologically complex shows.
Reznor went on to suggest that both Kanye West and The Weeknd “ripped off” what NIN had pioneered at their concerts.
“I remember us watching a string of bands on Coachella from the comfort of our couch, you know, and every band has a video playing behind them, and every band is sunk up with a convenient, polite lighting package, you know?” he said. “And I saw Kanye West blatantly rip off, and The Weeknd rip off, our tours, production-wise, which I’ll say without any hesitation.”
“And they know,” Reznor added. “And I thought what would be exciting to me is just to see — when I think back to the Cure, when I saw them the first time or Jesus And Mary Chain when we opened for them, all I remember of that was smoke, maybe a colour, a little bit of someone’s hair and real, real loud guitars. That’s exciting, and I don’t see that happening much.”