In February 2009, Trent Reznor stated, "I've been thinking for some time now it's time to make NIN disappear for a while.", indicating the possible end of the act. Nine Inch Nails then embarked on a tour with Jane's Addiction, dubbed NIN|JA. Afterwards, Reznor clarified that the band is done with touring for the foreseeable future but he will continue to make music under the moniker. Nine Inch Nails' final live performance was September 10, 2009 at the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles. Reznor also sold numerous performance gears, which include instruments, staging, amplifiers and effects units on eBay after the last concert. Since the final show, until the release of Hesitation Marks in 2013, Reznor released only two tracks as Nine Inch Nails: the theme song for the film, Tetsuo: The Bullet Man and a cover of "Zoo Station" by U2, for the tribute album AHK-toong BAY-bi Covered.
Reznor began pursuing other projects. In 2010, he formed the post-industrial project, How to Destroy Angels with long-time collaborator Atticus Ross and West Indian Girl frontwoman Mariqueen Maandig, whom he was married in 2009. In 2010, the band released their self-titled EP, which was followed by An omen EP_ in 2012 and their debut album, Welcome Oblivion, in 2013. In 2010, Reznor also collaborated with Atticus Ross on the original score for David Fincher's 2010 film, The Social Network. The duo won a 2010 Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score for a Motion Picture and a 2010 Academy Award for Best Original Score. Reznor and Ross again collaborated with Fincher for the official score the American adaptation of the novel The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, released in December 2011, before going on to score their third Fincher collaboration with Gone Girl (2014).