Tour Buzz: Filter, Nine Inch Nails and Dick Dale



JUST THE TIP: Two things made me feel incredibly old last week. First came the realization that when I play tennis on both Saturday and Sunday, I limp around like an old man for several days afterward. Then there was this exchange with my 19-year-old son when I told him Filter plays Vinyl on November 14 ($25-$35). “I don’t know who that is,” he said. “Sure you do,” I replied. “Hey Man, Nice Shot?” “Take a Picture?” “Welcome to the Fold?” He shrugged, told me I was old. Still, every time I hear Richard Patrick’s trademark howl it takes me back nearly two decades. That, coupled with the perfectly respectable new material from The Sun Comes Out Tonight, is worth the price of admission.

NO REZNOR-VATIONS: Things are going awfully well for Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor. Reviews of the band’s new album, Hesitation Marks, have been mostly favorable, and reports of the two-hour live shows from the Tension 2013 tour have been glowing and enthusiastic. Sure, the new songs are more electronic than industrial, and Reznor—at 48—is more mature and less angry, but his lyrics remain moody, introspective and cutting. Don’t let the addition of backup singers throw you: When Reznor performs, he consistently outshines the spotlights, lasers and strobes. When NIN hits The Joint on November 15-16 ($71-$81), fans won’t be seeing a copy of a copy, but something new and exciting and infinitely better.

NOW ON SALE: Dick Dale, the undisputed “King of the Surf Guitar,” brings his legendary sound to Hard Rock Live on December 13 ($21). The calendar says Dale is 76, but the music he coaxes from his guitar tells a slightly different story. Talent is ageless, friends. Upside-down and backward never sounded so good.

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