July 16, 2009 alan

Nine Inch Nails + Jane's Addiction – Live!

In 1987 I discovered Jane’s Addiction’s first live album down at my local record store in Chester. I remember saving my money to get their “Nothing’s Shocking” album on the day it was released. Not long afterwards I caught two of their gigs on their first UK tour in 1988, one in Manchester, the second in Birmingham. A couple of years later Nine Inch Nails’ “Pretty Hate Machine” album changed my life. I saw them open for Guns n Roses at Wembley and then, a couple of months later, watched them destroy Goldwyns in Birmingham in front of around 400 people. I went home that night with Trent Reznor’s smashed up keyboard!

I’ve been a huge fans of both these bands ever since.

On Tuesday night I was back in Manchester to photograph both bands on the same bill at the MEN Arena. I knew it’s be a great gig but both bands exceeded my expectations and it’ll go down as one of my favourite ever concerts. Unfortunately I may never get to see either band again… We’ll see…

Here are a few images from the gig of the year…

Jane’s Addiction

The return of Eric Avery

Dave Navarro is in there somewhere 🙂

Nine Inch Nails


Closer… 🙂

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Comments (5)

  1. Karl Randay

    Amazing series, looks like the gig to end all gigs. Great work Steve!

  2. These are all about atmosphere! Fantastic! The lighting’s really great too – Have been looking out for Purdeep and Ben’s wedding…….hope the weather wasn’t as horrendous for you, as it was for me in Plymouth!

  3. Claire Merrick

    Hey, just letting you know your photos for NIN and Janes are amazing. I was at the gig And you’re right best gig of the year.

  4. julie bancroft

    Hi, I was at this gig too, IT WAS FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!

    You were so lucky to be in a position to get these shots, my photos are from so far away, but the memory preserved all the same.

    thanks for sharing these.


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