As we reported last week, Nine Inch Nails is returning to the stage in full force this fall. The Tension 2013 tour begins on September 28 in Saint Paul, MN. Twelve shows of the the 31-date tour have onsales tomorrow. Aside from the regular concerts, NIN will appear at the Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit in October and the Voodoo Festival in November.
NIN is also spending the summer on a globetrotting festival circuit, including appearances at Lollapalooza, Outside Lands, and Made in America in the U.S., as well as Leeds, Reading and Zurich Open Air in Europe. All of the festivals are in August, and that's just a brief listing of the full schedule.
With quickly approaching international appearances, frontman Trent Reznor has recently been dealt a small challenge. On Friday guitarist Adrian Belew quit the live band, posting on Facebook a reasoning of "it didn't work." That leaves only weeks for someone else to step in and get ready. It shouldn't be too big of a deal for NIN, though, which is known for its revolving lineup, including a couple replacements mid-tour.
In other news, NFL® tickets continues to become available at a rapid pace. This week the Pittsburgh Steelers have initial onsales on Saturday for all home games. Meanwhile, there are additional onsales for Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean tomorrow, and Michael Bublé tomorrow and Monday.
Football is now officially just two weeks away, and as the season gets closer, we have been previewing each of the NFL's eight divisions. So far, we have covered the AFC East (Click here to view) and the AFC South (Click here to view); today we shift to the AFC North, perhaps the league's toughest division.
For more than a decade now, the Baltimore Ravens have been known for their defensive prowess, and during that time, they have seemingly had the same cast of characters, and 2012 is no different. Linebacker Ray Lewis and safety Ed Reed are back again, and the team's defense should continue to be one of the league's best. The offense will be relying on running back Ray Rice as well as quarterback Joe Flacco, who needs to continue to improve if the Ravens want to find postseason success.
Projection: The AFC North is one of the most difficult to predict, but with their great defense and All-Pro running back Ray Rice, the Ravens should be in the postseason and should be favorites to win the division title.