Guitarist Adrian Belew Leaves Nine Inch Nails: 'It Didn't Work'
The King Crimson member cites a desire to focus on his solo project.
Adrian Belew has announced that his collaboration with industrial rockers Nine Inch Nails "didn't work" and that he is leaving the band before they take off on their worldwide summer tour.
The announcement comes as a surprise following statements Trent Reznor made in February, citing the King Crimson guitarist as a huge component of why NIN re-formed earlier this year.
"I was working with Adrian Belew on some musical ideas... which led to the decision to re-think the idea of what Nine Inch Nails could be," Reznor said.
Before his simple Facebook status update -- which reads "concerning me being part of the 2013 Nine Inch Nails band: it didn't work" -- Belew did write a more elaborate explanation for his departure, citing respect for Reznor and a desire to focus on his solo project, FLUX.
Belew is featured on the band's upcoming full-length, Hesitation Marks, due Sept. 3 on Columbia Records.
In May, bassist Eric Avery announced he was also leaving Nine Inch Nails, saying he felt "overwhelmed" by the band's forthcoming tour schedule.
Nine Inch Nails will be touring with Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Explosions in the Sky, kicking off with dates in July.
- John Oliver on the Luxurious 'Freedom' of HBO, His Complicated Relationship With NYC
- The Hollywood Reporter's 35 Most Powerful People in New York Media 2014
- Cannes Preview: The Hot Movies in the Running to Hit the Croisette
- CBS' $67 Million Man: Does Leslie Moonves' Moolah Make Sense?
- 'Mrs. Doubtfire' Sequel in the Works at Fox 2000 (Exclusive)
- MOST SHARED
- MOST POPULAR
What's Hot In Music
- Masters Of Sex, Girls & "Boogie Train": Conversations with Michael Penn and Foghat's Roger Earl
- The Americans 'New Car' Recap: "I'm a Good Person, I Swear!"
- The Extremely Hard Lessons That the Themed Entertainment Industry Learned From Hard Rock Park
- Joe Biden Posts First Selfie With None Other Than President Obama