Trent Reznor FaceTimes With Dying Fan During NIN Concert

November 21, 2013

Over the weekend, NINE INCH NAILS performed in Las Vegas. During the concert, lead singer Trent Reznor pulled out his phone and turned on FaceTime to chat with Andrew Youssef, a journalist/photographer with only a few weeks to live.

Youssef was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2011 and doctors have done all they can. He has been a NIN fan for years and has attended as many concerts as possible. He attended the recent show in LA, but was too ill to attend the concert in Las Vegas.

Reznor has been following Youssef’s journey via the internet since August and the two became friends. Check out the video below to witness the call and the song “In This Twilight” which he dedicated to Youssef.

Here’s an excerpt from Youssef’s blog, that chronicles his attendance at the band’s performance during the Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco this past summer.

My adrenaline levels soon would spike upon hearing the opening pulsating synthesizer notes of “Copy of A” from Nine Inch Nails. Bandleader Trent Reznor has mentioned that these Nine Inch Nails festival shows would be different from their fall arena tour which provided me with even more incentive to attend. I admittedly cheated and had watched their prior performance at Lollapalooza in order to study the light patterns and how they correlated with the songs in order to get the best photos as possible.
Since I was able to only shoot three songs, I made the most of my time by capturing twelve hundred images. Those songs went by in seconds as I ran back to meet up with a friend in order to take in the whole set. While I was tired from the activities of the day, I quickly forgot about the two heavy cameras I was carrying as well as anything related to my cancer as I was immersed in the moment. The crushing synthesizer bass line of “March Of The Pigs” transported me away as the eye popping visuals bombarded your senses.

I was holding back tears for “Something I Can Never Have”, as I so badly want to have my cancer cured. Even the bleak instrumental “Help Me I Am In Hell” resonated within me. The watershed moment came to me during “Head Like A Hole.” Reznor repeatedly chants “I’d rather die than give you control”. I was immediately overwhelmed with emotion and couldn’t hold back my tears as I’d rather die than give my cancer control.

Youssef’s website chronicles his stories and photography. Check it out here.

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