Trent Reznor Says Kanye West And The Weeknd ‘Ripped Off’ Nine Inch Nails’ Live Show

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.

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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.”

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“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.”

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