Trent Reznor’s Christmas Gift

Trent Reznor has just released more than 400 gigs of raw HD video footage from three concerts of their recent Lights In The Sky tour FOR FREE

A few weeks Trent announced on that a planned DVD of the entire tour, filmed in 3-D under the direction of James Cameron, had to be scrapped because he and his former record label could not come to an agreement on terms. Shortly after that announcement, there were mysterious and unusual “relaxations” of the video and photo policy at three shows: Victoria, BC; Portland, OR; and Sacramento, CA. Normally the audience is allowed (maybe) only small point-and-shoot cameras and certainly no video cameras; for those three shows Trent put a message on that the policies were being relaxed and people should feel free to bring whatever film/video recording devices they wished and Security would not hassle them. Many persons reported not only doing their own filming, but seeing persons in the crowd with large professional-quality HD cameras. Not typical “fan” video equipment.

A few days after that, he posted a “2008: completed” message, which ended with the offhand “Oh yeah we may have a small holiday gift for you.  Stay tuned.”

A few days ago Trent again posted to saying he didn’t forget; the “gift” was almost here.

Today at 12:56 PM Pacific he posted this:

1.7.09: your gift!
The internet is full of surprises these days.
I was contacted by a mysterious, shadowy group of subversives who SOMEHOW managed to film a substantial amount (over 400 GB!) of raw, unedited HD footage from three separate complete shows of our Lights in the Sky tour. Security must have been lacking at these shows because the quality of the footage is excellent.

If any of you could find a LINK to that footage I’ll bet some enterprising fans could assemble something pretty cool.

Oh yeah, you didn’t hear this from me.

posted by trent reznor at 12:56pm

Jesus fucking christ, now THAT’S a gift. He knows already that after the news that there would be no official DVD, a group of fans got together and decided to make their own free, non-profit, electronically distributed tour DVD, likely to be subtitled “This One’s On Us”–(when Trent released The Slip last spring, 100% for free via Internet download and licensed under a Creative Commons license that allows free non-commercial use of the songs by anyone for any purpose, he made the announcement by thanking his fans for years of loyalty and said as for this new release, “This one’s on us”). The Slip was his second album released entirely for free and under a Creative Commons license, the first being the 2-CD 36-track instrumental collection Ghosts I-IV. Ghosts I was distributed via for free and the entire double CD is widely available, in a variety of file formats from MP3 to super-high-quality FLAC and including spectacular artwork, *legally*, via bitTorrent. People who want a physical copy can choose from CD, vinyl, deluxe box set, and the Ultra Deluxe Limited Edition box set, a $300 CD & vinyl combination, packaged so beautifully that it looks like something out of the Museum of Modern Art. (Unfortunately for latecomers, that Ultra Deluxe LE set–limited to 2,500 signed numbered copies–sold out in less than 24 hours–grossing a cool $750,000 in one day, direct, no label to take their cut, for NIN.) And now he’s released this footage, or rather “someone” who “somehow” managed to film this video contacted him and made arrangements for release. And IT’S FREE.


NOBODY, but NOBODY, gives their fans as much as Trent does.

He knows what’s going to be done with it. If Interscope won’t let him use HIS songs for a DVD, then someone else will use them for him.

Words cannot describe how much I love this man. (In a metaphorical non-creepy way.) If every musician were like him, it would turn the outdated label/copyright/publishing system on its ass and boot them out into the stratosphere.

And now a picture, ‘cuz you know that’s mostly what I’m about. I took this on the first of my two passes (and THANK YOU to the person who got the second one for me, I love you too [once again, in the non-creepy way]).

And yes it’s huge but nobody shall post a tiny picture of NIN. It’s against the law I think. Or, to paraphrase a friend, “Anyone who posts unnecessarily small images of Michael Trent Reznor needs to die.” (Okay maybe that’s a little over the top but you get the point.)

NIN | March Of The Pigs | Josh Freese & Trent Reznor

The entire set, more than 150 pictures so far and I’m not done processing yet, is here on Flickr.

Direct links to footage download:

Posted by Rob_Sheridan

The footage is available as a free download via bitTorrent. If you don’t know what bitTorrent is, please go to this link and read every word of it before you ask anyone on the forums what to do with the torrent files.

As the files are tremendously large, don’t expect any instant gratification – the download may take days, even weeks. There are a handful of seeders to start things off. Until we get a large number of seeders, please only download these files right now if you intend to help seed them for a while after you’re done. Certain downloaders will get much faster download rates than others, depending on your IP address. This is due to peering relationships our hosting provider has which we’re utilizing to get some initial seeds out as fast as possible. If your download is going incredibly slow or not going at all, don’t worry, it’ll pick up within the next couple days.

Here are the links:


The included README files have some further notes about the footage, which has been conveniently formatted for easy editing and even includes Final Cut Pro sequences with the footage pre-organized for editing.

EDIT: Digg it!

THE GREATEST FUCKING BAND IN THE WORLD, EVER. Just keep saying it and watching what they do and pretty soon you’ll understand.