King Crimson’s Adrian Belew In New Nine Inch Nails
King Crimson’s Adrian Belew has been named as new guitarist for the revamped Nine Inch Nails.
Trent Reznor, who’s previously referred to him as “the best musician in the world,” has confirmed he’ll take part in a completely rethought version of NIN.
Belew – who’s been with on-hiatus Crimson since 1981 and previously worked with Frank Zappa and Talking Heads – says: “It is being announced at last. Something I’ve been wanted to tell you for a month now: I’ve been asked to be the guitarist for Nine Inch Nails!
“We are going on an extensive world tour, reaching places even I have never been. I’ll be moving (temporarily) to LA in May for three months of rehearsals, after which the tour begins. That’s about as much as I know for sure for now.”
He adds: “Daniel Rowland will be assisting me on the tour, which should allow us some time to continue our third year of making my new solo project.”
Reznor says: “I was working with Adrian on some musical ideas, which led to some discussion on performing, which led to some beard-scratching, which (many steps later) led to the decision to re-think the idea of what Nine Inch Nails could be.
“The band is reinventing itself from scratch and will be comprised of Eric Avery, Adrian Belew, Alessandro Cortini, Josh Eustis, Ilan Rubin, and me. The first shows will begin this summer, followed by a full-on arena tour of the US this fall, and lots of other dates worldwide to follow through 2014.”
He shut down the band in 2009 after their Wave Goodbye tour, saying: “I’ve been thinking for some time now it’s time to make NIN disappear for a while.”