Also on the tour was Rieflin, regular Ministry drummer at the time. While Atkins enjoyed the dynamic of playing with a second drummer, he felt that the lineup was capable of doing much more than being, what he has frequently called, "a Ministry cover band. Pigface was born with the intention of keeping a revolving-door style collaboration with many experimentally-minded musicians, many of whom, especially early on, had recorded for the influential industrial music record label Wax Trax! Trent Reznor was also an early partner, before Nine Inch Nails became a household name.
Conventional wisdom has it that an opening gig for a renowned artist is a plum opportunity for a fledgling band, a chance to play before the largest crowds they've ever seen and thus expand their fan base. But the more established band's crowd often has little patience for the opening act -- and there are few as impatient as Nine Inch Nails's fans. Considering the high-octane nature of Nine Inch Nails' industrial metal, the fact that the Dolls were able to conjure up as much power as they did with just a keyboard and a drum kit is pretty astounding. There were actually quite a few Dolls fans throughout the auditorium, a reminder of the fact that this was something of a homecoming gig for the Boston band.