Nine in Nails closes 2nd day of Philly music fest
Miguel performs on day two of the 2013 Budweiser Made in America festival on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013 in Philadelphia. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Nine Inch Nails closed the second night of the "Budweiser Made In America" festival with a set that captured the audience — although the crowd was not nearly as large as Beyonce's the night before.
Trent Reznor and his band mates performed 19 songs at the Jay-Z-curated festival on Philadelphia's Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Reznor didn't hold back: drenched in sweat and holding the microphone close, he sang his band's rock hits and tracks from the group's new album, "Hesitation Marks," out Tuesday.
Joshua Homme from the band Queens of the Stone Age performs on day 2 of the 2013 Budweiser Made in America festival on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013 in Philadelphia. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
He emerged onstage in all black while lights flashed behind him during songs like "Closer" and "Head Like a Hole." NIN went on at 9:30 p.m., minutes after DJ-producer Calvin Harris electrified at another stage with his familiar hits "We Found Love," ''I Need Your Love" and others. Some concertgoers left after Harris' top-notch performance, and the crowd was not packed when NIN performed, though it filled up throughout the show.
Fans attend day two of the 2013 Budweiser Made in America festival on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013 in Philadelphia. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
The band's 90-minute set featured hard rock anthems, songs with techno influences as well as groovy and eerie jams. NIN closed the night with a slow and smoky version of "Hurt," which Johnny Cash famously covered. It earned nonstop cheers from the crowd. Reznor was soft as he sang the song's verses — making it the set's highlight.