After a three-year wait, concert-goers are headed back to the Harvard Athletic Complex for Boston Calling 2022 this weekend. More than 50 artists will perform at the three-day festival, including headliners Nine Inch Nails, The Strokes, and Metallica.
Boston.com staff will be on-site all weekend, providing the latest news from the festival. We’ll have updates on the performances, the food, the fashion, and everything else that happens over the next three days.
Nine Inch Nails bring the house down for second straight night at Boston Calling 2022
1 a.m., Sunday
On a day when little else went right at Boston Calling, it was Nine Inch Nails to the rescue.
With original headliner The Strokes unable to play due to a positive COVID test and the festival scrambling after a two-hour weather delay, Trent Reznor and co. performed an almost two-hour headlining set for the second consecutive night.
The band rarely repeated songs from Friday night’s performance, and did zero crowd work until Reznor addressed the audience almost 40 minutes into the set.
“It’s probably a good time to mention we are not the Strokes, if you haven’t picked up on that yet,” Reznor said. “But we’re happy to be here. Thanks for putting up with us.
“We’re like the guest that wasn’t invited here in the first place and now you can’t f****** get rid of us,” Reznor continued. “But we’re happy to help out.”
Reznor then reminisced about his first trip to Boston more than 30 years ago, during which he made his first professional recording, at the now-closed Syncro Sound studio on Newbury Street.
Reznor said that he picked the studio because of his affinity for legendary Boston band The Cars, who owned the studio.
Reznor became wistful, expressing amazement that anyone would “give a s***” about his early songs, much less that he’d be able to play them in front of a crowd of thousands in Boston.
Before launching into one of those songs, “Terrible Lie,” Reznor joked that he and the band would be around to help fill in for anyone else in need.
“If anybody has a birthday party or a bar mitzvah or needs someone to look after their plants while on vacation, look us up,” Reznor said. “We’re here for you.”
Boston Calling reopens with revised schedule: King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard cancel set due to COVID result, several other acts cut
5:15 p.m., Saturday
Exactly two hours after pausing the event due to severe weather, Boston Calling announced the festival area will reopen at 5:30 p.m. with music starting up again at 6 p.m.
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, originally scheduled to take the Blue Stage at 7:35 p.m., will no longer be performing though due to a…
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