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Nine Inch Nails and Queens of the Stone Age frontmen Trent Reznor and Josh Homme, who kick off their highly anticipated co-headline tour at the Sydney Entertainment Centre tomorrow night, appeared on Triple J this afternoon to talk about the tour and what they hope to achieve with it.
The interview kicked off with just Trent joining The Doctor, echoing statements he’d previously made to Triple J’s Matt and Alex that fans should expect a live show radically different to the band’s previous 2014 outings, saying it will be different to anything fans have seen online.
“I’m just trying to treat each leg of the tour like its own separate thing. I think that makes it more exciting for us and gets around the fact everybody’s seen everything there is on the internet these days,” said Reznor. “If I have your attention for a couple hours I wanna do the most I can with it.”
When Homme finally joined the two, the topic of discourse turned to potential onstage collaborations between the two headliners and opening act Brody Dalle. “I think the initial plan is for everyone to do their thing…let’s start by just everyone kicking ass and doing their thing,” explained Homme.
Homme also explained how eloquent Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner inspired the track Kalopsia from Queens of the Stone Age’s most recent studio effort, the heavily acclaimed …Like Clockwork, following a text exchange between the two frontmen, saying:
“We were kind of in a friendly texting war of words and he texted me that word and I thought ‘What the hell is this?’ and the definition came closely thereafter…and it was ‘a condition wherein things appear more beautiful than they really are.”
Following a discussion of a Grammys party attended by Reznor, which featured a lineup of some of the most noteworthy acts from ’90s hip-hop, Homme suggested running with the idea and expanding it into a full-fledged festival, saying:
“That’s an interesting an idea for a festival, this idea of curating and getting an insight into someone’s taste, perhaps if it went even further, into art and movies and books, too. I think it’s interesting to know the umbrella of the things [an artist I like] is into.”
The boys finished up by discussing their desire to see more co-headline tours, with Homme saying, “For the last few years I’ve been asking why don’t bands co-headline together, why don’t they do something?” adding that the tours could serve as an alternative to festivals and build solidarity.
Listen: Trent Reznor & Josh Homme on Triple J