Watch David Bowie and Trent Reznor perform “Hurt” from the ‘Outside Tour’ in 1995
David Bowie passed away last night after an 18 month battle with cancer. Just two days before that, Bowie left us with his final gift – his 28th album Blackstar. If you watch one thing today, it should be the music video for “Lazarus” from the new album. If you watch a second thing, may we suggest this video of David Bowie and Trent Reznor performing hurt on October 6th, 1995 at the Nissan Pavilion in Bristow, Virgina. This performance was 1 of 27 shows across the United States as part of the “Outside Tour” that paired Nine Inch Nails and David Bowie as co-headliners. The tour ended at the Hollywood Palladium on October 31st, 1995.
According to an interview in The Hollywood Reporter, Bowie was one of the most influential artists in his career:
“Bowie is the most important figure to have inspired me… He has found an audience yet challenges that audience and continues moving forward in a fearless way.”
The admiration was shared between the two artists. Speaking about Nine Inch Nails’ The Downward Spiral, Bowie wrote in Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Artist feature:
“Second to the Velvet Underground, there has never been better soul-lashing in rock…. It still sounds incredible today.”
“And that is it, really. Trent’s music, built as it is on the history of industrial and mechanical sound experiments, contains a beauty that attracts and repels in equal measure: Nietzsche’s “God is dead” to a nightclubbing beat. And always lifted, at the most needy moment, by a tantalizing melody.”
We could write so much more about the David Bowie and Trent Reznor relationship, but we will save that for another day. For now, enjoy.