Following Trent Reznor's latest online outburst at Reading Festival, Biffy Clyro vocalist Simon Neil hit back, saying that Nine Inch Nails mainman was simply angry over not getting the headline spot.
As previously reported, Reznor posted a ranting tweet on his account just before the August 25 performance, saying, "Should be an unusual show tonight at Reading... the lying promoter and the band following us (whoever the f--k they are) f--ked us on our production."
Neil now admitted to Faster Louder magazine that the initial urge to instantly bite back was clearly present, adding the band decided to take the bashing in their stride.
"I think he basically spat his dummy out," he kicked off. "Nine Inch Nails are a huge band and they've been headlining loads of festivals everywhere and I think their manager or someone told him they weren't headlining Reading and Leeds, god forbid, and he basically spat his dummy out and decided to take it out on us."He played with us on the Friday night and there was no problem. He didn't care about the Leeds bands obviously and he knew damn fine who we were, so I think he was just being obnoxious."
Neil then specifically focused on the rant. "I was dying to tweet back to him all day," he said. "But we just wanted to focus on our show. We thought, 'Well you might not know who we are now, but I guarantee by the end of today you'll know exactly who we are,' that was our plan."
The singer continued, "We're not naive, Trent Reznor operates in a different world to the rest of them. He lives in Beverly Hills, he's won Oscars and all that. And he's just brought the band back together. So maybe for a split second [we were offended], but to be honest we've kind of had enough of that happening through the years that it didn't bother us so much."
Festival organizer Melvin Benn briefly denied Reznor's allegations, saying, "The truth is, there's no truth in the statement. The contract hasn't changed since they signed up to it."