American alternative institution Nine Inch Nails have announced that they are cancelling all 2021 shows due to the rising threat of Covid-19.
“When originally planned, these shows were intended to be a cathartic return to live music,” Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross explain in a statement. Acknowledging the current landscape of rising coronavirus cases, fans are now being asked to request refunds from the point of purchase.
The message continued to explain, “with each passing day, it’s becoming more apparent we’re not at that place yet. We are sorry for any inconvenience or disappointment and look forward to seeing you again when the time is right.”
Nine Inch Nails were also scheduled to make appearances at several festivals this year. Those slots included Riot Fest, Louder Than Life, and Welcome to Rockville. It appears that replacements for the band will be announced soon.
NIN are among a rising number of artists who are cancelling their planned appearances due to the rise in covid cases across the US and around the world. Previously, Stevie Nicks and Garth Brooks announced the cancellation of their own tours due to a rise in cases. Acts like Foo Fighters, Dead and Co., and Jason Isbell are implementing mandatory proof of vaccination or negative covid tests at their shows.
The band were planning to play two shows in Cleveland, Ohio, with Pixies in September and it was set to be a glorious return to the stage. However, for now, we’ll have to resort to turning the speakers up to deafening volumes and pretending we’re there.
I’m currently linking the one Nine Inch Nails song that accurately summarises my feelings to this worst timeline that we currently find ourselves in. I guess any NIN is about how the world sucks, but ‘I Do Not Want This’ just feels appropriate right now.