Trent Reznor on Cut-off Grammys Finale: 'I Don't Regret That We Did It'
Trent Reznor won't play the Grammys again. That's the line from the Nine Inch Nails leader, who's still fuming that his closing performance on the night was cut short.
It was "an utter waste of time," he tells New Zealand's 3 News. Reznor had tweeted "f--k you" to the show's organizers soon after his slot with Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl, Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme and Fleetwood Mac's Lindsay Buckingham was interrupted for a commercial -- and abruptly ended. And he's not about to forgive and forget.
"I can look now and say I should have expected something like that, you know? But more than anything it was just insulting," Reznor tells the New Zealand title. "I invite my friend Lindsey Buckingham to come up on stage, and it's just 'You know what, you've invited me into this place, f--k you. F--k you guys,' you know? So, lesson learned. And the other thing is if we hadn't done it, I'd be thinking, 'Well, what would have happened if we would have done it?' You know. So I don't regret that we did it, but would I ever -- in any situation -- ever consider possibly patronizing that event in any form? Absolutely not."
The tough-guy frontman gives some insight into how he and Homme arrived at their decision to appear on the awards show. The pair "spent a long time talking about the pros and cons. Do we want to be on a shit show on TV? No, not really. Do we want to be affiliated with the Grammys? No, not really. Would we like to reach a large audience and actually do something with integrity on our terms? Well, yeah."
When reminded that his performance looked and sounded great to TV viewers, Reznor quipped, "It was an amazing minute and a half, wasn't it?"
Reznor also provides an update on his recent work with Atticus Ross on their latest David Fincher feature film score for Gone Girl (a bit mellow, a bit noisy), he touches on his work as "chief architect" for Beats Music and talks up a forthcoming rerelease of his 1999 double album The Fragile.
"You know, we've mixed everything in surround; it sounds amazing. We have a great package ready to go," he says of the Fragile reissue. "I just stumbled across 40-or-so demos that are from that era that didn't turn into songs. They range from sound effects to full-fledge pieces of music, and I kind of feel like something should happen with that."
Reznor's industrial rock group outfit will embark on a rare co-headlining tour of Australia and New Zealand in the coming weeks. The first headline band onstage each night will be decided by the toss of a coin.
This article first appeared on Billboard.com.