Trent Reznor admits the recent departures of guitarist Adrian Belew and bassist Eric Avery from Nine Inch Nails’ touring band have been disruptive. Still, their absence hasn’t roiled his confidence in staging a powerful live show. “You can spend a lot of time hypothesizing, imagining and projecting what it's going to be with this chemistry and this recipe of people in a room playing music, and in reality it rarely is that," said the NIN mastermind, speaking to Rolling Stone. “It's felt like a wrench in the works at times, but at the same time it's made me rethink a lot of how we put this together, and I think where we're ending up at is a place that's much truer to what Nine Inch Nails should be . . . and better in the long run."

Reznor also revealed that NIN’s forthcoming album, Hesitation Marks, sprang from sessions intended to yield just a couple of new tracks for a greatest hits collection. Reznor said he “was seizing the moment of inspiration” as the project snowballed into a much larger project.