By Deborah Netburn, Chris Lee and Todd Martens, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers Alright Nine Inch Nails fans, this is it. Or is it? Reznor declared in early 2008 that Nine Inch Nails would "disappear for a while,"
and the band has a supposed final-run of shows in Los Angeles
in early September. Yet Reznor's statement left plenty of room for interpretation, and the rock vet is wise to keep things vague. After all, people in the music biz have a peculiar habit of making grand pronouncements about how they are bowing out, then refusing to fade gracefully from the spotlight. Why just in 2007 50 Cent made a hype-generating promise to retire as a solo performer if Kanye West's album "Graduation" outsold his "Curtis." Well, the Louis Vuitton Don easily managed to upstage 50, forcing him to accept rap's version of the gold Rolex. But few celeb-watchers reasonably expected the diss-prone MC to stay retired, and one wouldn't be crazy for thinking Reznor and Nine Inch Nails will be back again someday. After all, in the music world, a retirement is often just a brief detour in one's career. Take a look at some of the more notable post-retirement resurrections: