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May 2000

Nine Inch Nail's Trent Reznor Turns 35

Nine Inch Nails founder Trent Reznor turns 35 years old today (May 17). Reznor started his band back in the late '80s and released debut Pretty Hate Machine in 1989 on TVT Records.

Nine Inch Nails members have come and gone over the years, but the one person who holds true to the vision of the band is Reznor, who has occasionally gotten labeled as a control freak. However, one of the newest members to the band, drummer Jerome Dillon, got a real-life perspective of Reznor while auditioning for the band.

LAUNCH asked Dillon if he was intimidated by Reznor. "It was intimidating on the level that I was surprised going down to the studio and hanging out before the audition," he said. "It was a little intimidating seeing the studio, coming in, knowing the music, and being a fan of what he was about, and meeting him that day. It was intimidating because he was such a regular guy and treated me before and after the audition with just a lot of respect."

Nine Inch Nails is currently on the road -- the band hits Miami tonight.

-- Darren Davis, New York

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This article is provided courtesy Keith Duemling and Tracy Thompson from the collection previously located at SUS.