2009 Sasquatch Lineup Announced, Nine Inch Nails Call it Quits

The 2009 Sasquatch lineup has been announced, with a few surprises. First, Jane’s Addiction is playing with all 4 original members, something this Jane’s Addiction fan thought he missed the chance of seeing more than a decade ago. Also headlining is Nine Inch Nails, who will be on tour for the last time ever, according to Trent Reznor:

In NIN world, 2009 marks the 20th anniversary of our first releases. I’ve been thinking for some time now it’s time to make NIN disappear for a while… Read Full Quote

Looking at the lineup, here’s my quick picks (I gotta say Sunday looks like the best day):

Saturday: The Decembrists, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Devotchka, James Pants, The Decembrists, Animal Collective

Sunday: Jane’s Addiction, NIN, TV on the Radio, of Montreal, M83, Deadmau5. Also this guy Zack Galifianakis because I think his bio is funny. Also, you pretty much have to go see a band called ‘Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head’ because there is no way that wouldn’t be stupendous.

Monday: Ben Harper, Erykah Badu, Silversun Pickups, Gogol Bordello, Fleet Foxes, & Grizzly Bear. Throw in Girl Talk and Santigold into that mix if you have had a lot to drink that day.

Looking back on rock in the nineties, I think that the contributions of both Trent Reznor and Perry Ferrell is highly overlooked. Any time there is a VH1-esque retrospective on Alternative Rock, the focus is always on Nirvana Nevermind. Nevermind was a groundbreaking album and deserves all the recognition it continues to get, but lets not forget the fact that Perry Ferrell founded Lollapalooza in 1991, paving the way for a multitude of other travelling rock festival shit shows.  (Nine Inch Nails played Lollapalooza that first year as well.)

Here’s food for thought: ‘Jane Says’ on Jane’s Addiction’s debut album Nothing’s Shocking was first released in 1988, but due to a controversial album cover suffered poor sales upon its release. Nine Inch Nails’ Pretty Hate Machine featuring the singles ‘Down In It’ and ‘Head Like a Hole’ was released in 1989. Nobody thinks of these bands as being ‘eighties’ bands but at one point, they were.

Jane’s Addiction cross-dressing and stealing vegetables in 1990

Nine Inch Nails, written in 1989:


2 Responses to “2009 Sasquatch Lineup Announced, Nine Inch Nails Call it Quits”

  1. 1 Dynosaurus
    February 20, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    Sasquatch is a pretty amazing festival. I think it’s about as close as the big corporate festivals can get to the hippy trippy ridiculousness of High Sierra. You still have to camp outside the festival grounds and, once you make the trek into the show each day, there are no ins and outs. Though it’s a far drive from the Bay Area (and can be made in one night, though not recommended) the backdrop of the main stage is the Columbia River Gorge. Absolutely spectacular!

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