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Trent Reznor Thinks Today's Rock Is "Stale" and "Conservative"

Image courtesy of Courtesy Trent Reznor via Twitter (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Courtesy Trent Reznor via Twitter (via ABC News Radio)

Trent Reznor  doesn't have many kind things to say about music -- at least, not today's music. In a new interview with the U.K.'s  Daily Record , the  Nine Inch Nails  singer gripes, "A pretty conservative nature has crept into music and I don’t mean sonically."

Never one to hold back a complaint, Reznor says, "A lot of bands today are designing themselves to get a good review in the hip blogs and that is probably the...most cowardly thing you can do as an artist."

Music is like an opinion, he declares. "If you have something to say, then say it. Express yourself and break the rules."

This isn't to say that Reznor believes in having tunnel vision. "Following your own path doesn't mean being single-minded," he says. "I try to straddle...paying attention to what is happening in the outside world...and at the same time...really trusting my own voice and my own sense of what is right."

Nine Inch Nails and  Soundgarden  are co-headlining a summer tour -- here are the dates:

7/19 -- Las Vegas, NV, Planet Hollywood
7/21 -- Morrison, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheatre
7/24 -- Tinley Park, IL, First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
7/26 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre
7/27 -- Toronto, ON, Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
7/29 -- Mansfield, MA, Xfinity Center
7/30 -- Camden, NJ, Susquehanna Bank Center
8/1 -- Wantagh, NY, Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
8/2 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center
8/4 -- Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live
8/5 -- Virginia Beach, VA, Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
8/7 -- Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion
8/8 -- Lakewood, GA, Aaron’s Amphitheatre
8/10 -- West Palm Beach, FL, Cruzan Amphitheatre
8/11 -- Tampa, FL, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
8/14 -- Austin, TX, Austin360 Amphitheater
8/16 -- Woodlands, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
8/17 -- Dallas, TX, Gexa Energy Pavilion
8/19 -- Albuquerque, NM, Isleta Ampitheatre
8/21 -- Chula Vista, CA, Sleep Train Amphitheatre
8/22 -- Irvine, CA, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
8/24 -- Mountain View, CA, Shoreline Ampitheatre
8/25 --Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Bowl

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