In 1995, Nine Inch Nails co-headlined the Dissonance tour with David Bowie. The tour is part of the Self Destruct Touring Cycle. Although NIN were supposedly more popular than Bowie at the time, Reznor felt uncomfortable having his idol open for him. So NIN played after the opening band Prick and before Bowie.
After NIN played a re-worked instrumental version of "Eraser", Bowie's band gradually came onto the stage to play 5 songs with NIN. Reznor and Bowie sang duet throughout this dual mini-set, with Reznor leaving the stage at the end for Bowie's band to perform their own set. NIN and Bowie's individual set lengths ended up being roughly equal. The joint set ended with new version of "Hurt", performed mostly by Bowie's band and sang by Bowie and Reznor. A live recording of this version appears on Closure.
The concept was innovative for its time, and received low sales and mixed reviews. Generalizing here, the young crowd did not stay for Bowie's set despite the segue, and the old crowd did not get industrial. Nowadays, these shows are treasured by the bootleg community.
The stage set up for this tour was clean and basic. There was a simple drapery style cloth backdrop that could be raised and lowered, hanging clusters of lights that shone down directly on individual band members, and keyboards on futuristic looking metal stands. All members of NIN were dressed in dark clothing while Bowie and his band were usually dressed in light clothing. Background projections were used during the portion of the set where NIN and Bowie were performing together. Charlie Clouser also provided some additional drums during this portion.
Scrapped concert film
A professionally produced concert film of both NIN and Bowie was planned by Bowie's label, Virgin Records. However, when EMI Group (Virgin's parent company) ran into financial troubles, the project was scrapped. The film's director/editor, David Williams, claimed that the production company was probably never paid by the label and the footage was lost forever. Fortunately, Williams posted about 43 minutes of rough cut footage from the film to his Vimeo channel, featuring both NIN and Bowie. It was filmed at the Desert Sky Pavilion.
|1995/09/11 Hartford, CT||Meadows Music Theatre (rehearsal, no audience)|
|1995/09/12 Hartford, CT||Meadows Music Theatre (rehearsal, small radio contest winner audience)|
|1995/09/13 Hartford, CT||Meadows Music Theatre (rehearsal, no audience)|
|1995/09/14 Hartford, CT||Meadows Music Theatre|
|1995/09/16 Mansfield, MA||Great Woods Arts Center|
|1995/09/17 Hershey, PA||Hershey Park Stadium|
|1995/09/20 Toronto, ON||Skydome|
|1995/09/22 Camden, NJ||Blockbuster Sony Music Center|
|1995/09/23 Burgettstown, PA||Coca-Cola Star Lake Amphitheatre|
|1995/09/27 East Rutherford, NJ||Brendan Byrne Arena|
|1995/09/28 East Rutherford, NJ||Brendan Byrne Arena|
|1995/09/30 Cleveland, OH||Blossom Music Center|
|1995/10/01 Tinley Park, IL||New World Music Theatre|
|1995/10/03 Detroit, MI||Palace of Auburn Hills|
|1995/10/04 Columbus, OH||Polaris Amphitheatre|
|1995/10/06 Washington, DC||Nissan Pavillion|
|1995/10/07 Raleigh, NC||Hardee's Walnut Creek Amphitheatre|
|1995/10/09 Atlanta, GA||Coca-Cola Lakewood Amphitheatre|
|1995/10/11 St. Louis, MO||Riverport Amphitheater|
|1995/10/13 Dallas, TX||Coca-Cola Starplex Amphitheatre|
|1995/10/14 Austin, TX||Southpark Meadows|
|1995/10/16 Denver, CO||McNichols Arena|
|1995/10/18 Phoenix, AZ||Desert Sky Pavillion|
|1995/10/19 Las Vegas, NV||Thomas & Mack Center|
|1995/10/21 Mountain View, CA||Shoreline Amphitheatre|
|1995/10/24 Tacoma, WA||Tacoma Dome|
|1995/10/25 Portland, OR||Rose Garden Arena|
|1995/10/28 Los Angeles, CA||Great Western Forum|
|1995/10/29 Los Angeles, CA||Great Western Forum|