Angels and Airwaves has always been a band/project that has peaked my interest. At first I was a little eh about it but, over the years and how this band has evolved I’ve taken a closer look and have found a lot to like about it. Tom DeLonge has really crafted something intriguing and on a level that couldn’t have been done during his tenure with Blink 182. The songwriting has grown by leaps and bounds and having multi instrumentalist Ilan Rubin joining him the past few years, has really made Angels and Airwaves stand out on it’s own merit. Recently, AVA released a new song “Euphoria” and it’s simply superb. The mix of spacy synths, precision drums, hard charging guitars, and soaring vocals on “Euphoria” showcases the best of what Tom and company can do!
Back in 2009, Nine Inch Nails announced a series of shows to sort of say goodbye for the time being. It was a very bittersweet thing to hear but, as a fan for many many many years, it made sense. Before the shows were announced, Nine Inch Nails spent the summer on the road with Jane’s Addiction (with all the original members). That was origianlly supposed to be the end but, seeing as Nine Inch Nails would be playing at different times and under the backdrop of a sunset many a times, it just didn’t feel quite right for that to be the end. Instead, a series of shows were announced in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. I was lucky enough to attend 3 of the 4 Los Angeles shows. The final one was at The Wiltern and what a show it was. Over 3 hours (yes, THREE HOURS) of nonstop Nine Inch Nails at it’s absolute finest. The setlist was utterly perfect and beyond emotional. Thankfully too, there were a group of fans in the audience that night filming it all and they put together one of the best live shows I’ve ever been to. Without giving anything away, I highly recommend you taking the time to watch/listen to this show!
When a band as big as Nine Inch Nails opts to play small venues and do multiple nights, you know that it’s going to be special. Back in 2009, I was lucky to get to go to a few of the Wave Goodbye shows Nine Inch Nails did in Los Angeles. I was able to go to the Wiltern, Fonda and Palladium shows. Each of those nights have always stood out in my concert going history. The Palladium show that evening was special as The Downward Spiral was played in its entirety. Last night didn’t have that happen but it was one of those shows that rank pretty high in my now 18 times seeing Nine Inch Nails.
There are certain bands that I will always go see no matter how many times I’ve seen them live. Nine Inch Nails is atop that list and I’ve now seen them 17 times. Each time has been it’s own experience which makes all the shows that much more unique. This past weekend I had the pleasure to see my favorite band at The Joint in Las Vegas and it was just as epic as you would think it was. Trent and company would be performing on 3 different dates and I was lucky enough to be at 2 of the 3. I have to say I’m pretty sure I was at the best shows of the weekend.
Ilan Rubin has had quite the career so far. He has played with bands such as Denver Harbor, Lostprophets, Paramore, Angels and Airwaves and most notably Nine Inch Nails. Even through all that, Ilan has still managed to remain quite the artist. In 2007, he released his first album as The New Regime entitled “Coup.” a few years later after Nine Inch Nails took a break for a bit, Ilan readied his next album “Speak Through The White Noise.” By the time it came for a third album, there was enough material that it was divided into two EP’s Exhibit A and Exhibit B. Since the release of those albums, The New Regime has been on tour constantly with some of rock’s greats including, Gang Of Four, Failure, Muse, The Used and so many others. Ilan is a true visionary. He has quite the knack for writing really interesting songs. It’s as though his time working with so many different bands, especially Trent Reznor, rubbed off on him in such a positive way. The New Regime is a band that should be on your radar and in your music library.