Nine Inch Nails leader Trent Reznor took the stage over the weekend in Las Vegas as part of his Tension tour, but his iPhone took center stage during one point in the performance.
Reznor used the iPhone to FaceTime with Andrew Youssef, a concert photographer and Nine Inch Nails fan who is suffering from stage four colon cancer. Youssef had used Nine Inch Nails’ tour as motivation to continue treatment and press on. Reznor learned about Youssef’s situation and struck up a friendship with him.
Reznor told him he missed him, dedicating the Nine Inch Nails song “In This Twilight” to him. The crowd joined in, chanting Youssef’s name.
Nine Inch Nails’ new album Hesitation Marks doesn’t come out until September but you can already stream it for free through iTunes.
Nine Inch Nails (NIN) is the creation of Trent Reznor. Ever since Reznor debuted NIN in 1989, he’s been at the vanguard of what some critics call “industrial rock.” NIN has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide and released eight studio albums.
Things looked bleak for NiN fans in 2009, when Reznor announced that it was “time to make NIN disappear for a while.” He made it clear that he wasn’t done making music as Nine Inch Nails, but felt that the 2008 “Lights In the Sky” tour was a creative and technical peak. Reznor continued to make music including movie and video game soundtracks and collaborations with other artists.
Hesitation Marks is the first new music from Nine Inch Nails in five years, and it’s being supported by an international concert tour.