Nine Inch Nails announce new EP 'Bad Witch' and a ticketing twist to tour with Jesus and Mary Chain

Fans looking for tickets to gigs from the tour will have to personally appear at the venues to obtain tickets, thanks to NIN's move to curb internet-bots from sweeping up tickets.

                            Nine Inch Nails announce new EP 'Bad Witch' and a ticketing twist to tour with Jesus and Mary Chain
Trent Reznor (Source: Getty Images)

Nine Inch Nails just announced 'Bad Witch', the much awaited third and final installment in their EP trilogy. The six-track album will serves as the closing chapter to their two recent EP's, 2016’s ‘Not The Actual Events’ and 2017’s ‘Add Violence’.

The new EP is scheduled to drop on June 22 via Trent Reznor's own Null Corporation label. 

As if that was not good enough news for NIN fans, the industrial rock legends have also announced a new leg of North American tour dates for which they will be joined by alt-rock trailblazers The Jesus and Mary Chain.

Dubbed 'The Cold and Black and Infinite Tour', the 44-date trek kicks off September 13th in Atlanta and promises multiple nights at several iconic venues, including Red Rocks in Morrison, CO; Radio City Music Hall in New York City; and the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago. The 26-date outing concludes in early December with four nights at the Palladium in Los Angeles.

All tickets (except the Denver date) will go on sale on May 19. But if you're looking for tickets to any of the gigs from the roster, you're in for a strange surprise. In an attempt to curb scalpers and online bots, tickets to the Cold and Black and Infinite tour will be sold 'in person' at each venue’s box office on May 19 (with the exception of Red Rocks for which the presale will take place on May 20 at the Denver Coliseum Box Office). Limited quantities of tickets may be released via additional ticketing channels, subject to availability, at a later date to be announced.

This means two things for fans. Firstly, you don't have to stay up with your trigger-finger waiting in the middle of the night to beat bots and grab tickets. But it also means that you'll physically have to make your way to the venues on D-Day and hand over some of your hard-earned money to an actual person in order to obtain a ticket!

Now if you're familiar with NIN frontman Trent Reznor's out-of-the-box approach to his art, you might not find this that surprising. NIN has a history of communicating at a very personal and intimate level with fans, often leaving cryptic puzzles and trinkets for fans, both in the real world as well as the dark realm of the interweb! Indeed, it is a strange and almost unheard method of ticket sells for modern acts of their stature, but this is one of the most innovative and unconventional bands of all time that we're talking about here - so why not?

As Reznor put it on his band’s website, “The promise of a world made better by computers and online connectivity has failed us in many ways, particularly when it comes to ticketing. Everything about the process sucks and everyone loses but the reseller. We’ve decided to try and do something different that will also likely suck, but in a different way.”

You can check out Nine Inch Nail's tour schedule via their Twitter post displayed above.