Grunge rock legends Pearl Jam and industrial pioneers Nine Inch Nails have been confirmed as headliners for Voodoo Experience 2013. The festival’s 15th Anniversary is set to take place November 1-3 in New Orleans, LA. Joining Pearl Jam and NIИ are Paramore, The Gaslight Anthem, How To Destroy Angels (feat. Trent Reznor, his wife Mariqueen Maandig, Atticus Ross), Alkaline Trio, and many more artists across all genres.
Pearl Jam have been a constant in the mainstream rock scene for over 20 years. They arrived in epic fashion in 1991 with their debut album, Ten, which still remains their single greatest achievement as a band. The album hit #2 on the Billboard Top 200 in 1992, and recently in February 2013, it was certified diamond by the RIAA, with over 10 million copies sold in the U.S. The band’s sophomore effort, 1993’s Vs., debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200, where it remained for five weeks. The album sold a record-breaking 1.3 million copies in it’s first ten days on the market. Pearl Jam’s third album, Vitalogy, debuted at #1 once again on the Billboard Top 200, and was ranked #495 on Rolling Stone Magazine’s ‘500 Greatest Albums of All-Time’. From 1996-2009, Pearl Jam released six more studio albums. Since then, they have kept busy with numerous festival appearances and some touring. To date, the band has sold over 60 million albums worldwide.
Nine Inch Nails are undoubtedly one of the greatest artists of all time. Pioneers of the industrial genre, they incorporated elements of rock, metal, electronica, and alternative rock to forge a style all their own. They shook the music world to it’s core in 1989 with their debut album, Pretty Hate Machine. The record was truly groundbreaking, and has since gone on to be certified multi-platinum. In 1994, NIИ set the bar once again with their sophomore effort, The Downward Spiral, which debuted at #2 on the Billboard Top 200. The disc went on to sell over 5 million copies, and be certified quadruple-platinum. It spawned NIИ’s finest moment, the single Closer. The band’s third album was a monster double disc outing titled The Fragile, released in 1999. The album saw NIИ expanding their trademark sound, and once again the band debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200. From 2005-2008, the band released four more studio LP’s. Throughout their entire career, Nine Inch Nails were famous for their EPs, single releases, and remix albums. They have released approximately two-dozen since their inception. Every NIИ record is categorized with the word “Halo” followed by a number. – by Matt Bishop