Originally we had not planned on going to the 2013 edition of Voodoo Experience simply because of schedules and prior commitments, but the return of Trent Reznor to his former home town was not to be missed. I wanted to see the Tension 2013 tour in a non-festival environ because often the setlists are streamed down and the show is scaled back at festivals. But our schedule allowed for a quick trip over to New Orleans to catch Nine Inch Nails set and to see a couple of other bands on the undercard. I had seen NIN a few times before, and most of those shows were in their early days. “Happiness in Slavery” was still a regular on most of their setlists, so that should tell you something.
What we witnessed was a man with a burning desire to provide his former neighbors with a show they would not soon forget. To some, it was like an epiphany. In my many years of following the band, I had never experienced a NIN show quite like it. I was taken aback by the sheer force of the event, being blinded by pure white light in one moment and bathed in ghostly blues and greens the next. I often felt I was witnessing not a just concert, but the descent into madness of a truly gifted artist. I hope that the pics I took help to convey at least a little bit of the experience. I have to admit, the light show puts your camera skills to the test. I hope you enjoy them. Here is the set list as well.