trentMy friend and erstwhile editor Karl de Mesa described it as the “wazakest night of the year.” While the yellow flocked Cory’s burial in Parañaque City, the black thronged Araneta Coliseum for Nine Inch Nails’ Wave Goodbye World Tour, reportedly the band’s last before taking on an indefinite hiatus.

I skipped work — and the whole Cory coverage — to see this industrial metal monolith. I’ve no regrets: Every minute of the night was  memorable — from the moment my sister-in-law Nikki and I were drinking beer at nearby Dencio’s while waiting for the gates to open, all the way to the encore “Hurt,” which NIN vocalist Trent Reznor delivered with so much conviction one could not help but feel the lines, “You could have it all/ My empire of dirt/ I will let you down/ I will make you hurt…”

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Indeed, it hurt to see the lights go back and realize the fun is over and it’s back to the same ol’ boring rat race again. Nothing is heavier to the heart than that. Anyway, I’m setting my eyes on Archenemy this October. I’ll be with Charmaine then. She’s so excited that this early she’s already checking out online shops for the perfect leather outfit to wear. A dominatrix for a date in a heavy metal concert? I’ll be damned.

(Note: Trent Reznor photo courtesy of fellow heavy music maniac Alvin Andanar. Many thanks and devil’s horns to you, dude. )


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