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It’s funny how the littlest things can get so blown out of proportion. One thing leads to another, and before you know it, you’ve got yourself a murder investigation. Trent Reznor was just starting his band, Nine Inch Nails, in 1989 and producing his first album, Pretty Hate Machine, when he was allegedly “murdered” during the filming of his music video, “Down in It”. In the end of the video, a scene was shot of Reznor lying on the ground, indicating that his character had fallen and died. To shoot that footage, Reznor and his team used a camera that was hoisted into the air using large weather balloons to capture an aerial shot of his body. The strings operating the balloons snapped and the camera floated away, eventually landing hundreds of miles away in a farmer’s field in Michigan. The camera was turned into the police, and thinking it was a snuff film of a murder, was then handed over to the FBI for investigating. Based on the footage, pathologists thought Reznor’s body was rotting and had been decomposing for three weeks, due to the corn starch he had on his face for the video. Other members in the band that appeared in the video led them to believe it was some kind of gang murder. Once Trent Reznor was finally identified in the video, his manager got word and explained the whole situation. Check out the story on it from 1991:

Hard Copy – Nine Inch Nails’ Down In It via YouTube

And here’s the music video that drew so much attention!

Nine Inch Nails – Down In It via YouTube

Well, Trent Reznor is ok, and has produced multiple albums since the mishap. Nine Inch Nails stopped touring in 2009, but in the last year, Reznor announced that he would be producing new material for Nine Inch Nails and perform again. And now he’s back, touring with Soundgarden this summer!

Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden Tour Schedule

  • 19 - Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas, NV
  • 21 - Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO
  • 24 - First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, Tinley Park, IL.
  • 26 - DTE Energy Music Theatre, Clarkston, MI
  • 27 - Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, Toronto, Ontario
  • 29 - XFINITY Center, Mansfield, MA
  • 30 - Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, NJ

  • 1 - Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre, Wantagh, NY
  • 2 - PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ
  • 4 - Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, VA
  • 5 - Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach, VA
  • 7 - PNC Music Pavilion, Charlotte NC
  • 8 - Aaron's Amphitheater at Lakewood, Atlanta, GA
  • 10 - Cruzan Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach, FL
  • 11 - MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa, FL
  • 14 - Austin360 Amphitheater, Austin, TX
  • 16 - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, Woodlands, TX
  • 17 - Gexa Energy Pavilion, Dallas, TX
  • 19 - Isleta Amphitheater, Albuquerque, NM
  • 21 - Sleep Train Amphitheatre, Chula Vista, CA
  • 22 - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Irvine, CA
  • 24 - Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, CA
  • 25 - Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood, CA

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