Thursday, May 28, 2009


There are probably a lot of people who would claim that Trent Reznor saved their life - or at least influenced it - via his incredible music with Nine Inch Nails. But a guy named Eric de la Cruz may actually thank Trent for adding years to his life. He has a rare condition and needs a heart transplant to survive. Trent found out about it, and started offering VIP packages to the NIN/Jane's Addiction/Street Sweeper tour and tweeted about it -- all the money he raised went to Eric's medical costs. So far, they have raised over $800,000. Wow.

On a slightly less dramatic note, Trent also rescues greyhounds (as does No Expiration) - they are great animals, and the fact that they are treated the way they are just shows how barbaric humans can be. Learn more about these truly incredible animals here.

The media seems to ignore Trent these days, which probably is mostly fine with him. But it's worth mentioning that he has done as much as Bruce Springsteen to fight ticket scalping, gotten the original lineup of Jane's Addiction back in the studio, and gave away the latest Nine Inch Nails album, The Slip, for free. And he's put out great music (most unnoticed), played incredible shows (mostly unreported on), and allows fans to interact with his content for free -- he basically lives up to the promise of the internet in a way that few other artists do.

I have never met him, although I expect he would probably wince at the thought of being considered a "do-gooder," but he actually done some great stuff on the moral front (as opposed to just the music and technological fronts). But I guess no one would have expected Adam Yauch of The Beastie Boys to become a peace activist or Fat Mike from NOFX to be a force in encouraging young people to vote. I guess it's just part of growing up -- and I don't mean that in a bad way.

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