Nine Inch Nails at the Bill Graham Civic in San Francisco (SLIDESHOW)

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Nine Inch Nails played a scorching set to a sold-out crowd at the Bill Graham Civic last night and it could easily be summed up with just three simple words: industrial rock epicness. The captivating figure who at once considered breaking up Nine Inch Nails  was in top form and back with a vengeance, showing the world why they deserve to be in the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame.

The band played an impressive mix of old and new songs including MTV hits like “Sin,” “Closer,” “Head Like a Hole,” and ending it all with a song that Johnny Cash re-interpreted before his passing, “Hurt.” Reznor looked fit, sporting his trademark jet-black cropped hair and matching muddy emo outfit, and at 50 years of age had the same anger and energy he did when his band first broke through.

Here are some of our favorite photo selections from this unforgettable show below and be sure to check out Trent and the boys when they come to your town.

Photos by Louis Raphael

An avid drummer whose discography includes albums on Digital Nations (a Steve Vai imprint), music critic Louis Raphael has always kept a pulse on the San Francisco music scene. After many years as the San Francisco Music Examiner for and, he decided to start Music in SF® as a way to showcase what the San Francisco music scene really has to offer.