List of Nine Inch Nails band members

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Nine Inch Nails
NIN Munich 2007.jpg
Nine Inch Nails during the Performance 2007 Tour
Background information
Origin Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Genres Industrial rock, industrial metal, alternative rock, dark ambient
Years active 1988–present
Labels The Null Corporation, Interscope, Nothing, TVT, Atlantic, Bicycle, Island, Rykodisc
Associated acts Marilyn Manson, Tapeworm, Exotic Birds, Pigface, How to Destroy Angels
Website nin.com
Members Trent Reznor
Robin Finck
Alessandro Cortini
Ilan Rubin
Past members See below

Nine Inch Nails is an American industrial rock act, founded in 1988 by Trent Reznor in Cleveland, Ohio. Nine Inch Nails live performances contrast with its in-studio counterpart:[1][2] although Reznor is in complete creative control of Nine Inch Nails in-studio, he typically assembles groups of backing musicians to interpret songs for tours and other live performances. In 2009 Reznor announced that Nine Inch Nails was done touring, but that he would continue to create music under the name.

The live band lineup changed consistently throughout the band's history, with Reznor remaining the only constant on vocals, guitar, and synthesizers. Notable musicians who have contributed to live performances include Richard Patrick, Chris Vrenna, Jeordie White, Robin Finck, Josh Freese, Justin Meldal-Johnsen, Charlie Clouser, Danny Lohner, and the late Jeff Ward.

The configuration of Nine Inch Nails as a live band evolved consistently from the first tours in 1988 until the final tour in 2009. Early incarnations of the band featured three people playing guitar, drums, keyboards, and samplers.[3] Later incarnations replaced the keyboards and samplers with an additional guitarist, and further incarnations added a bass guitarist.[3] The live component of Nine Inch Nails later settled on a five-piece band between the Self Destruct Tour in 1994 and Lights in the Sky tour in 2008.[4] In September 2007, Reznor expressed his interest in moving away from the "rock band configuration" to explore "other ways [to] present the material in concert",[5] and by 2009, the live band was once again pared down to four positions.

Between major tours, live band members have on occasion contributed instrumental performances to official Nine Inch Nails releases, though creative control and direction has always been the responsibility of Reznor. Nine Inch Nails has released one album and four videos featuring the live band: Closure (1997), a double-VHS set featuring live performances from the Self-Destruct tour; And All That Could Have Been (2000), released in CD and double-DVD formats featuring performances from the Fragility tour; Beside You in Time (2007), released in high-definition and DVD formats featuring performances from the Live: With Teeth tour; and Another Version of the Truth (2009), an officially sanctioned fan-made release in high-definition and triple-DVD sets featuring performances from the Lights in the Sky tour.

Current members[edit]

Trent Reznor
Active: 1988–present
Instruments: lead vocals, guitar, bass guitar, keyboards, synthesizers, programming, drums
Release contributions: all Nine Inch Nails releases
As the sole official member of Nine Inch Nails in-studio, Reznor has performed with the live-band since its inception in 1988 and he has been the only constant member of the live-band since then.
Robin Finck
Active: 1994–2000, 2008–2009, 2013-present
Instruments: guitar, synthesizers, vocals, bass guitar, violin
Live-release contributions: Closure (1997), And All That Could Have Been (2002), Another Version of the Truth (2009), Live 2013 EP (2013)
Studio-release contributions: The Slip (2008)
Robin Finck replaced Richard Patrick, the live band's original guitarist, for the Self-Destruct tour in 1994. Between tours, Finck performed briefly with Cirque du Soleil and then with Guns N' Roses. Following a four-year touring hiatus, the Nine Inch Nails live-band reformed in 1999 for the Fragility tour, again featuring Finck contributing on guitar. At the conclusion of the Fragility tour in 2000, Finck returned to Guns N' Roses, and was replaced by Aaron North for Live: With Teeth in 2005. There are various reports that suggest there was animosity between Finck and Reznor during the Fragility tours, which may have led to Finck declining the invite to the following tours. In 2008, Finck rejoined Nine Inch Nails, playing on The Slip and joining the live band for the Lights in the Sky tour and the following Wave Goodbye tour.[6] Finck has contributed on the most tours of all the past live members, playing for the Self Destruct, Fragility, Lights In The Sky and Wave Goodbye tours. On May 17, 2013, it was announced that he will be returning for the 2013 and 2014 tours.[7]
Alessandro Cortini
Active: 2004–2008, 2013–present
Instruments: keyboards, synthesizers, guitar, vocals, bass guitar, percussion
Live-release contributions: Beside You in Time (2007), Another Version of the Truth (2009), Live 2013 EP (2013)
Studio-release contributions: Year Zero Remixed (2007) (as Modwheelmood), Ghosts I–IV (2008), The Slip (2008), Hesitation Marks (2013)
Prior to the Live: With Teeth tour in 2005, Reznor held open auditions to replace live-band members who had left the group during the five years between tours. Alessandro Cortini reportedly fit in immediately,[8] and was part of the live-band for 4 years.[9] Between tours, Cortini contributed to some of the Nine Inch Nails studio-material, gaining co-writing credits on Ghosts I–IV (2008) and a performance credit on The Slip (2008). At the conclusion of the Lights In The Sky Over North/South America tour in late 2008 Cortini announced his departure from the band to pursue other music projects.[10] No replacement was hired for him, and the 2009 incarnation of the live band was a 4-piece group, with the role of keyboard player shared between the 4 band members. Cortini returned to the live band for its 2013 and 2014 tours.
Ilan Rubin
Active: 2009, 2013–present
Instruments: drums, percussions, piano, synthesizers, vocals, cello, ukulele, guitar, bass guitar
Live-release contributions: Live 2013 EP (2013)
Studio-release contributions: Hesitation Marks (2013)
Ilan Rubin was named as the drummer to succeed Freese.[11] Rubin played with the band for the 2009 Wave Goodbye tour. He returned to the live band for its 2013 and 2014 tours.

Former live members[edit]

Chris Vrenna
Active: 1988–1991, 1992–1997
Instruments: keyboards, samplers (1988), drums
Live-release contributions: Closure (1997)
Studio-release contributions: Pretty Hate Machine (1989), Broken (1992), Fixed (1992), The Downward Spiral (1994)
Alongside Trent Reznor and Ron Musarra, Chris Vrenna was a member of the original three-piece band formed in 1988 to support Skinny Puppy on tour. After Nine Inch Nails was dismissed from the tour, Vrenna replaced Musarra on drums, and subsequently played with the band until 1991, when he had a brief fall out with Reznor.[12] Vrenna and Reznor later reconciled, and Vrenna rejoined the band in 1992 for Broken and The Downward Spiral recording sessions and as a live member for Self-Destruct tour.[13][14] The pair had a final falling out in 1997.
Ron Musarra
Active: 1988
Instruments: drums, samplers
Release contributions: none
Ron Musarra was the drummer of the 1980s band Slam Bamboo, which Trent Reznor was also the keyboardist of. After leaving the band, Reznor and Musarra — along with Chris Vrenna — were members of the original three-piece band formed in 1988 to support Skinny Puppy on tour.[15] Nine Inch Nails were reportedly poorly received, however, and were asked to leave the tour after 10 dates.[3] For subsequent live performances and tours, Chris Vrenna, originally contributing on keyboards, replaced Musarra on drums. Musarra was thanked in the liner notes of Pretty Hate Machine.
Richard Patrick
Active: 1989–1993
Instruments: guitar
Release contributions: Pretty Hate Machine (1989)
Following the live-band's first performances in support of Skinny Puppy, Nine Inch Nails was asked to provide support for Jesus and Mary Chain on their Automatic tour in early 1990. Expanding from a three-piece to a four-piece band, Richard Patrick was added on guitar.[3] Patrick played with the band through the conclusion of the Pretty Hate Machine tour in 1991, including a performance at Lollapalooza. After touring briefly in support of Guns N' Roses, Patrick left the live-band to form Filter. Patrick was briefly reunited with Nine Inch Nails in 1996 during the Nights of Nothing showcase tour, as he contributed guitar to a performance of "Head Like a Hole" during Nine Inch Nails' set on the last of three dates.[16]
Gary Talpas
Active: 1989
Instruments: keyboards
Release contributions: none
Gary Talpas briefly replaced Chris Vrenna on keyboards, so that Vrenna can move to drums. He was only present during the Pretty Hate Machine promotional tour. Its unknown whether he was actually playing; however, Talpas was NIN's art director for a number of years, including creating the widely-known NIN logo.[17]
Nick Rushe
Active: 1990
Instruments: keyboards
Release contributions: none
Following the live-band's first performances in support of Skinny Puppy, Nine Inch Nails was asked to provide support for Jesus and Mary Chain on their Automatic tour in early 1990. Nick Rushe was added to the live-band on keyboards, since Gary Talpas wasn't meant to be an on-stage member. Rushe was only part of the live-band for the Automatic tour, some 34 performances over three months, and was later replaced by David Haymes for subsequent tour in support of Peter Murphy.[18]
David Haymes
Active: 1990
Instruments: keyboards
Release contributions: none
Following Nine Inch Nails' tour in support of Jesus and Mary Chain in 1990, the live-band again toured in support of Peter Murphy on the Deep tour. David Haymes took over keyboards and played with NIN briefly before being replaced by Lee Mars.[3][19]
Lee Mars
Active: 1990–1991
Instruments: keyboards
Release contributions: none
Lee Mars contributed briefly to the live-band as their keyboardist, replacing David Haymes. He stayed with the band until 1991 when James Woolley was brought in. Mars performed with Nine Inch Nails for less than a year, but in that time played with the band during their first tours as headlining act.[3][19]
James Woolley
Active: 1991–1994
Instruments: synthesizers
Release contributions: Closure (1997)
James Woolley replaced Lee Mars on keyboards in 1991. Woolley's tenure with the band included their 1991 Lollapalooza performance through the beginning of the subsequent Self-Destruct tour in 1994.[4]
Jeff Ward
Active: 1991
Instruments: drums
Release contributions: none
Jeff Ward briefly replaced Chris Vrenna as drummer for Nine Inch Nails when Vrenna left the band mid-tour due to a fall out with Reznor. Ward's brief tenure with the band included their 1991 Lollapalooza performance and as a supporting act on tour with Guns N' Roses.[4] Between tours, Ward committed suicide in 1993,[20] and Vrenna returned to the band taking Ward's place.
Danny Lohner
Active: 1993–2003
Instruments: bass guitar, guitar, and synthesizers
Live-release contributions: Closure (1997), And All That Could Have Been (2002)
Studio-release contributions: The Downward Spiral (1994), The Fragile (1999), Things Falling Apart (2000)
For the Self-Destruct tour in 1994, the Nine Inch Nails live-band was expanded into a five-piece band, adding Danny Lohner on bass guitar. Lohner played with the live-band through the Self-Destruct tour in 1994 and 1995 and the Fragility tour in 1999 and 2000.[21][22] During his tenure with the band, Lohner contributed to a number of releases, including studio-albums The Downward Spiral (1994) and The Fragile (1999) Lohner was also a founding-member of the Nine Inch Nails side-project Tapeworm.
Charlie Clouser
Active: 1994–2000
Instruments: keyboards, synthesizers, theremin, occasional drums
Live-release contributions: Closure (1997), And All That Could Have Been (2002)
Studio-release contributions: The Downward Spiral (1994), Further Down the Spiral (1995), "The Perfect Drug", "The Day the World Went Away" (1999), The Fragile (1999), "Into the Void" (1999), "Starfuckers, Inc." (1999), Things Falling Apart (2000)
Charlie Clouser joined the Nine Inch Nails live-band in late 1994, replacing James Woolley on keyboards midway though the Self-Destruct tour. Clouser played with the live band through the remainder of the Self-Destruct tour, and the subsequent Fragility tour in 1999 and 2000.[4][23] While a member of the live-band, Clouser contributed to numerous studio-releases, including The Downward Spiral (1994) and The Fragile (1999). Clouser was also a founding-member of the Nine Inch Nails side-project Tapeworm.
Jerome Dillon
Active: 1999–2005
Instruments: drums, guitar
Live-release contributions: And All That Could Have Been (2002), Beside You in Time (2007) (Live rehearsal footage)
Studio-release contributions: The Fragile (1999), Things Falling Apart (2000), Still (2002), With Teeth (2005)
To replace long-time member Chris Vrenna for the Fragility Tour in 1999, Reznor held open auditions to find a new drummer, eventually picking then-unknown Jerome Dillon.[24] Dillon performed with the live band through the entirety of the Fragility tour, and was again featured in the band in 2005 at the start of the Live: With Teeth tour. However, during the band's first arena date, Dillon was forced to stop midway through a show and was subsequently hospitalized.[25] His condition was later diagnosed as a non-life threatening cardiac disorder, a consequence of his thyroid medication. Dillon was initially replaced by Josh Freese, then Alex Carapetis, followed by Freese again on a more permanent basis. During Dillon's tenure, he contributed to several Nine Inch Nails releases, including studio albums The Fragile (1999), Still (2002) and With Teeth (2005), and live-releases And All That Could Have Been (2002) and Beside You In Time (2007); the latter of which was released after his split with the band.
Jeordie White
Active: 2005–2007
Instruments: bass guitar, guitar, and synthesizers
Release contributions: Beside You In Time (2007)
Prior to the Live: With Teeth tour in 2005, Reznor held open auditions to replace live-band members who had left the group during the five years between tours. Jeordie White was auditioned and chose to replace Danny Lohner on bass guitar. White played with the group through the Live: With Teeth tour and the following Performance 2007 tour.[5] Before joining Nine Inch Nails, White had been a part of Marilyn Manson (then playing under the pseudonym of "Twiggy Ramirez") while they acted as supporting band for Nine Inch Nails during the Self-Destruct tour in 1994.
Aaron North
Active: 2005–2007
Instruments: guitar
Release contributions: Beside You In Time (2007)
Prior to the Live: With Teeth tour in 2005, Reznor held open auditions to replace live-band members who had left the group during the five years between tours. Reznor reportedly had trouble finding a guitarist to replace Robin Finck until auditioning Aaron North.[26] North played with the group through the Live: With Teeth and the following Performance 2007 tour.[5]
Josh Freese
Active: 2005, 2005–2008
Instruments: drums
Live-release contributions: Beside You in Time (2007), Another Version of the Truth (2009)
Studio-release contributions: Year Zero (2007), "Capital G" (2007), The Slip (2008)
During the Live: With Teeth tour, drummer Jerome Dillon was forced to stop midway through a show and was subsequently hospitalized.[25] Josh Freese initially replaced Dillon for two shows before Alex Carapetis joined the band for the remainder of the arena tour.[27] Freese eventually replaced Carapetis and joined the band on a more permanent basis. Freese played with the band through the remainder of the Live: With Teeth tour, the following Performance 2007 tour, and the subsequent Lights in the Sky tour. Between tours, Freese contributed instrumental performances to a number of Nine Inch Nails studio-releases, including Year Zero (2007) and The Slip (2008). Before joining Nine Inch Nails, Freese had been a part of A Perfect Circle while they acted as the supporting act for Nine Inch Nails during the Fragility 2.0 tour in 2000. He announced his departure from the band in late 2008 and was replaced by Ilan Rubin.
Alex Carapetis
Active: 2005
Instruments: drums
Release contributions: none
During the Live: With Teeth tour, Jerome Dillon was forced to stop midway through a show and was subsequently hospitalized.[25] Josh Freese initially replaced Dillon on drums for two shows before Alex Carapetis joined the band for the remainder of the arena tour.[27] Freese eventually replaced Carapetis and joined the band on a more permanent basis.
Justin Meldal-Johnsen
Active: 2008–2009
Instruments: bass guitar
Release contributions: The Slip (2009) (Live rehearsal footage on the DVD of the CD/DVD release), Another Version of the Truth (2009)
Prior to the Lights in the Sky tour, it was originally announced that Rich Fownes would be joining the live-band on bass guitar.[28] However, before any scheduled performances it was revealed that Justin Meldal-Johnsen would instead be contributing on bass guitar.[29]
Josh Eustis
Active: 2013
Instruments: synthesizers, bass guitar, guitar, vocals, mandolin, erhu, glockenspiel, percussion
Release contributions: Things Falling Apart (2000) (as Benelli), Hesitation Marks (2013), Live 2013 EP (2013)
Eustis joined the live band for its 2013 tours.
Pino Palladino
Active: 2013
Instruments: bass guitar
Release contributions: Hesitation Marks (2013)
Palladino joined the live band for the Tension 2013 tour.
Lisa Fischer
Active: 2013
Instruments: backing vocals
Release contributions: none
Fischer joined the live band for the Tension 2013 tour.
Sharlotte Gibson
Active: 2013
Instruments: backing vocals
Release contributions: none
Gibson joined the live band for the Tension 2013 tour.

Unabridged live members[edit]

Rich Fownes
Active: 2008 (see below)
Instruments: bass guitar
Release contributions: none
The Nine Inch Nails official website originally announced in 2008 that Rich Fownes would be joining the live-band for the Lights in the Sky tour on bass guitar.[28] Before any scheduled performances, however, it was revealed that Justin Meldal-Johnsen would instead be contributing on bass guitar.[29] The circumstances of the replacement were not made public.
Eric Avery
Active: 2013 (see below)
Instruments: bass guitar
Release contributions: none
Avery joined the live band for its 2013 and 2014 tours. Before performing on tour, however, he announced that he had quit the band.[30]
Adrian Belew
Active: 2013 (see below)
Instruments: guitar
Studio-release contributions (as guest): The Downward Spiral (1994), The Fragile (1999), Ghosts I–IV (2008), Hesitation Marks (2013)
Belew was scheduled to tour with Nine Inch Nails through 2013 and 2014; however, before performing in any shows, it was announced due to personal conflicts that Belew would no longer participate in the tour.[31]

Timeline[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Busby, Brent (2007-03-23). "DVD Review: Nine Inch Nails Live". Western Courier. Retrieved 2007-04-08. In theory, Nine Inch Nails shouldn't be a great live band. Reznor's music sometimes consists of non-organic instruments thrown straight onto a computer, at times being twisted to the point of not even sounding like the original source. 
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  4. ^ a b c d "Sympathy for the Devil". Spin. March 1996. 
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  9. ^ Cohan, Jillian (2006-05-24). "Two tryouts nailed down band spot: Alessandro Cortini is touring with industrial-strength rock act Nine Inch Nails, coming to Wichita on Monday". Wichita Eagle. Retrieved 2008-03-29. 
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  14. ^ Ramirez, Mike (February 2001). "Nothing is Temporary" 2 (1). Blue Divide Magazine. 
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  16. ^ Kaye, Don (September 1996). "Nailed! Trent's Posse Pound New York". Kerrang!. 
  17. ^ "Photo of Talpas 1989". NINWiki. 1989. Retrieved 2012-08-23. 
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  20. ^ "Jeff Ward – Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  21. ^ Mehle, Michael (1995-10-17). "Nine Inch Nails gives Bowie boost" (fee required). Rocky Mountain News. Retrieved 2008-03-29. 
  22. ^ Straight, Harry (2000-05-12). "Nine Inch Nails lives up to its name" (fee required). Daytona Beach News-Journal. Retrieved 2008-03-29. 
  23. ^ "An Interview With Charlie Clouser". Scene. September 1996. 
  24. ^ Rashidii, Waleed. "Jerome Dillon – New With NIN". Modern Drummer. Retrieved 2008-02-09. 
  25. ^ a b c Harris, Chris (2005-09-30). "Nine Inch Nails Postpone Show Due To Drummer's Heart Trouble". MTV. Retrieved 2007-02-10. 
  26. ^ Reznor, Trent (2005-01-22). "access". Nine Inch Nails. Archived from the original on 2005-03-04. Retrieved 2008-02-01. 
  27. ^ a b Harris, Chris. "Nine Inch Nails Recruit Replacement Drummer". MTV. Retrieved 2007-02-10. 
  28. ^ a b "Robin Finck Is Back". The NIN Hotline. 2008-04-04. Retrieved 2008-05-03. 
  29. ^ a b Reuters; Billboard (2008-06-06). "Nine Inch Nails replaces bassist ahead of tour". Yahoo! News. Archived from the original on 2008-06-10. Retrieved 2008-06-09. 
  30. ^ Pelly, Jenn (May 15, 2013). "Nine Inch Nails Lose Bassist Eric Avery". Pitchfork. Retrieved May 15, 2013. 
  31. ^ Young,Alex (June 6, 2013). "Adrian Belew quits Nine Inch Nails". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved June 7, 2013. 

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