Trent Reznor On Nixing Soundwave: “I Think Your Bill Sucked”

The lineup for Soundwave 2014 has only been partially revealed to the public and so far has presented a fairly compelling case to purchase tickets, though Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor is certainly not feeling any remorse having turned down an offer to play at the event.

Speaking with, Reznor expanded on a recent back and forth between himself and Soundwave promoter AJ Maddah where Reznor was accused of attempting to appeal to a more mainstream demographic or, as Maddah put it, Justin Timberlake’s fans.

At the time, Reznor commented that he didn’t feel “Soundwave was the right vibe for us or our fans”, promising Nine Inch Nails would be making other arrangements, which they later did in the form of a co-headlining tour with Queens Of The Stone Age.

Now, Reznor has cleared things up, explaining that his comments were a polite way of turning down a festival he’d rather not play, thinking it would not go down well with fans of Nine Inch Nails:

“I’m trying to make the best music I can, hoping that it is expansive and challenging. That got misconstrued into I’m trying to be – what was it? ‘Justin Timberlake’? A better way of saying it is, ‘I think your bill sucked and I’d rather not be on that bill.’ That’s a much more truthful way of saying it.”

He added:

“To address the Soundwave thing, I think about is, as a fan, would I want to go see Nine Inch Nails on that bill? I wouldn’t go see Nine Inch Nails on that bill. But I’d be excited to see ’em with Queens.”

This wasn’t always the case, as in 2009 NIN headlined the festival with a strong line up that included the likes of Alice in Chains and The Dillinger Escape Plan. So it seems the 2014 lineup just didn’t cut it for old T. Rez.

Tickets to Nine Inch Nails and Queens Of The Stone Age’s co-headlining Australian tour are available via Frontier Touring members pre-sale from tomorrow, and go on general release on Thursday, You can check out the full list of NIN/QOTSA co-headlining tour dates below or, if you’re more of a Green Day / Avenged Sevenfold sorta person, all the Soundwave details are here.

Nine Inch Nails/Queens Of The Stone Age Co-Headline Tour Dates

with special guest Brody Dalle

Thursday, 6th March 2014

Sydney Entertainment Centre, Sydney – All Ages

Saturday, 8th March 2014

Newcastle Entertainment Centre, Newcastle – All Ages

Tuesday, 11th March 2014

Perth Arena, Perth – All Ages

Thursday, 13th March 2014

Adelaide Entertainment Centre Arena, Adelaide – All Ages

Friday, 14th March 2014

Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne – All Ages

Monday, 17th March 2014

Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane – All Ages


Frontier Members pre-sale from 12 noon local time on Tuesday, 22nd October until 12 noon local time Wednesday, 23rd October (or earlier if pre-sale allocation exhausted)

General public on sale from 9am local time, Thursday 24th October

GA – $125.00

A reserve seats – $125.00

B reserve seats – $105.00

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