Our 2008 Lights In The Sky tour was an ambitious multimedia production
on a scale well beyond anything we'd ever attempted before. Everyone
involved was extremely proud of how it came together, and we were
devastated when, for a variety of reasons, we were unable to capture it
professionally for a theatrical or commercial release. As a "plan B" of
sorts, early last year we released
a massive 405gb free download of raw HD footage captured at three
different shows during the tour. The idea was to get the footage out in
the wild and see what our notoriously enterprising
fans could do with it. There were no rules. No strings attached. This
was a gift, and an experiment, and for the past year we've watched it
come to life in more ways than we could have ever imagined.
For 12 months, a core team
of dozens of fans and a network of thousands spanning the entire globe
pooled their efforts to create this professional-quality 1080p 5.1
concert film, and have released it in every format from Blu-ray and DVD
to iPod and YouTube. It combines footage from all three shows and
includes DVD menus, bonus footage, a PDF booklet, and more. That
something of this scale was produced entirely by fans, on their own
time, purely for the sake of giving something back to the community, is
absolutely unprecedented. You can read all about the project and find
all the download links here, or watch it immediately on YouTube here. Theatrical screenings are already being organized, you can find more info about those here.
This is yet another example
of a devoted fanbase and a policy of openness combining to fill in
blanks left by old media barriers. The entire NIN camp is absolutely
thrilled that treating our fans with respect and nurturing their
creativity has led to such an overwhelming outpour of incredible
content, and that we now have such a high quality souvenir from our
most ambitious tour ever. Or, as Trent simply put it, "Nine Inch Nails fans kick ass."
We've been going through the NIN touring and studio rigs and are getting rid of a large selection of gear and equipment the band is no longer in need of. It's being listed on eBay here.
We do not know which (if any) tour these items are from unless
specified, nor can we get any items autographed, so please do not ask.
Hundreds of items will be listed over the next several weeks such as
guitars, keyboards, amplifiers, drums, staging, anvil cases, cables,
rack/outboard gear, guitar effects, and pedal boards. Check the eBay page regularly for new listings, or follow @nineinchnails on Twitter for updates. More information can be found in the descriptions of each item.
We've also been gradually adding more inventory to the merch store,
including t-shirts, books, and posters from recent tours. We'll be
continuing to add more items in the future, so check back regularly or follow @nineinchnails on Twitter for updates.
Two songs, "Hurt" and "The Fragile," from Trent's 2006 performance at the Bridge School Benefit, have been released on iTunes as part of The Bridge School Collection Vol 4. In iTunes the tracks can be purchased individually or as part of the full album. All proceeds go to Neil Young's Bridge School, a unique organization that uses creative approaches to educating children with severe speech and physical impairments.
Our official merch store has some special clearance packages available of overstocked items, including limited With Teeth posters, The Slip stickers, Fragile notebooks, and a variety of vintage Fragile and Downward Spiral t-shirts. Check out the new clearance section to see what's available.