Photos by Joe Papeo

Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden rekindled New Jersey’s love for rock n roll with a double-bill at the PNC Bank Arts Center on August 2nd. At last, the Garden State enjoyed a night of relief from the influx of country shows booked at the venue this summer.

Playing first, Chris Cornell & Co. lit the powder keg with 90’s alt-rock anthems including ‘Spoonman’ and ‘Outshined’. The Seattle grunge icons are celebrating the 20th anniversary of Superunknown, so naturally the set was filled with fan favorites from the record like ‘The Day I Tried To Live’ and of course, ‘Black Hole Sun’.

Nine Inch Nails came out swinging soon after, opening their set with the riveting ‘Copy Of A’ off 2013’s Hesitation Marks. An elaborate stage set-up seemed to evolve with the performance as NIN ran through songs from across their catalog, from Pretty Hate Machine (‘Terrible Lie’) to The Downward Spiral (‘March of the Pigs’) to With Teeth (‘Bite The Hand That Feeds’). Fans were still catching their breath when Trent Reznor and his band returned to the stage for a pretty intense encore of ‘Hurt’.

Joe Papeo reporting from Exit 116… | NJ