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Tickets for the band’s Oct. 22-23 concerts go on sale, in person only, on May 19 at Little Caesars Arena’s box office

Adam Graham
The Detroit News

Nine Inch Nails is heading to Detroit on its fall tour, promoters announced Thursday, and the ticket on-sale is set to be a throwback experience.

Trent Reznor’s industrial rock outfit will play two shows at Detroit’s Fox Theatre, Oct. 22 and 23. Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. May 19th – in person only, at the Little Caesars Arena box office.

The sale, dubbed a “Physical World Pre-Sale” by the NIN brain trust, is an effort to beat ticket scalpers.

“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 except the reseller,” reads a message from NIN’s website. “We’ve decided to try something different that will also likely suck, but in a different way. We’re hoping many of you will be happy with the results, while some may do what they always do and (complain) about it.”

Fans can begin lining up at the Little Caesars Arena box office, located off of Henry St. on the Chevrolet Plaza, at 8 a.m. May 19. Tickets start at $75 and will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. There’s a four ticket limit, and those tickets can be split between the two concerts. Only tickets to the Fox Theatre dates will be available at the LCA box office.

The on-sale will last until 3 p.m. May 19, if supplies last. Any remaining tickets will be sold through traditional outlets, including online, at a later date.

The in-person on-sale is reminiscent of Foo Fighters Nov. 2014 “Beat the Bots” promotion, in which tickets for the band’s 2015 tour went on sale to fans who lined up at retail outlets – locally, at the box office at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

The NIN shows are part of the band’s 14-city Cold and Black and Infinite Tour, which also includes stops in New York, Washington, D.C., Chicago and Los Angeles. Alt-rockers the Jesus and Mary Chain will open the shows.

Nine Inch Nails released a pair of EPs, “Not the Actual Events” and “Add Violence,” in 2016 and 2017. A third EP, “Bad Witch,” is due out June 22.

The band’s last Metro Detroit concert was in July 2014 at DTE Energy Music Theatre, part of the group’s co-headlining tour with Soundgarden.

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