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Trent Reznor reveals his kick ass live band for Nine Inch Nails' return

Trent Reznor is the type of guy who has always been able to get a killer line-up of players together for his band. The revolving door nature of the line-up hasn't discouraged some of the best musicians in the business from signing up. The industrial rock pioneer is bringing Nine Inch Nails back for an appearances at FYF Fest in Los Angeles (July 23) and Panorama Music Festival in New York City (July 30). The shows will be the band's first live performances in three years.

Finck, Cortini, Rubin and Ross return for live shows

So who's gonna be joining the legendary frontman onstage? Via a somewhat cryptic Tweet (see image at top of article), Reznor revealed the following line-up: Robin Finck (guitar), Alessandro Cortini (keyboards) and Ilan Rubin (drums). The only other official band member apart from Reznor, Atticus Ross, will of course also be present on keyboards.

It's a great line-up that will no doubt please many longtime Nine Inch Nails fans. Finck made absolutely unforgettable contributions to the band's live double album And All That Could Have Been as well as several recordings throughout the 90s and 2000s. After a few years of absence he rejoined Nine Inch Nails in 2013 and has been a regular fixture in the live group since then. Both Cortini and Rubin return from earlier spots in the live band as well as contributions to the last Nine Inch Nails album Hesitation Marks.

Reznor ramps up busy Nine Inch Nails schedule

Reznor has been rather busy on the Nine Inch Nails front the last few months. In December he dropped the Not the Actual Events EP. The release is Atticus Ross's first recorded appearance as an official band member, despite his long collaboration with Reznor. The EP sees the duo experimenting with industrial, rock and electronic sounds. It's an uncompromising release which shows Reznor is still pushing the limits of popular music, and I wouldn't expect anything less from him.

In January Reznor and Ross released their 12-track score for the thriller Patriots Day. The pair have been busy with soundtrack releases for several years now, and their multiple major industry awards for it show how successful they've been. Nonetheless Reznor's renewed focus on Nine Inch Nails is always a very welcome thing. Presumably we can expect some more live dates in 2017, as it would seem very odd to drop an EP and only book two festival performances to promote it.