NINE INCH NAILS has issued the following statement:"We regret to announce that due to illness, the Minneapolis show originally scheduled for Saturday, August 2nd at the Target Center has been postponed. The band is sincerely sorry for the last minute announcement, but after receiving doctor's orders not to perform, Trent has reluctantly agreed to the postponement. "The concert is being rescheduled for Tuesday, November 25th, 2008 at Target Center. All tickets purchased for the August 2nd concert will be honored on the new date. For those unable to attend the rescheduled date of November 25th, a refund will be available at original point of purchase. "Thank you very much for your understanding." Trent Reznor has introduced an "unplugged" portion into the new NINE INCH NAILS live show, which premiered on July 26 in Seattle. According to RollingStone.com, the band stepped to the front of the stage about an hour into the show with Reznor on vibraphone and bassist Justin Meldal-Johnsen playing an upright bass. The 20-minute jazzy, acoustic set was taken mostly from "Ghosts I - IV", the instrumental album that Reznor released online earlier this year. The stage show also featured mesh LED curtains that projected various visuals, ranging from falling rain to static to a ruined city, and made the band appear to be playing on what Jam! Music called "a stage that appeared to be constructed entirely out of lights." The two-hour set featured NIN classics such as "Closer", "Terrible Lie", "Hurt", "March of the Pigs" and "Head Like A Hole", in addition to songs from the band's latest album, "The Slip". "The Slip" was issued as a free download last month and arrived on July 22 in North America as an individually numbered limited edition. It was packaged with a bonus DVD of rehearsal performances. It has sold 29,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 13 on The Billboard 200 chart. A vinyl edition of the record will be released on August 12, while the digital version will remain free for download indefinitely at NIN.com. The previous NIN album, "Ghosts I - IV", was made available in March in a variety of digital and physical configurations. NINE INCH NAILS is scheduled to headline the closing day of this weekend's Lollapalooza festival in Chicago on Sunday (August 3).
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