FaceTime helps Nine Inch Nails frontman reach out on stage to sick fan

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, reports Mashable.

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.

Source: Mashable

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metllicamilitia says:

Great thing there, shows that game doesn't have to go to your head. I've always had a respect for Reznor, not really a NIN fan but he seems to be a great human being.

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jproubique says:

I damn nearly wept... Trent is the man!!!

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BeyondtheTech says:

Very cool. Great guy to reach out to his fans. If only more artists could do the same, it would do wonders to bridge the gap between the haves and have-nots.

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Geohistoria says:

More stories about people other than pundits, industry insiders, and tech journalists, using Apple products, please. This is what it is all about. Everybody bandies about specs and speculation. Let's hear about the masses.

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DYLANHABKIRK says:

That is awesome!

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Analog Spirit says:

That is way cool that he did that. Much respect to Trent and NIN.

zdn1042 says:

Forget those news of who ditches who, this is the type of news I'd want to see everyday. It's nice to see more and more artists give back and connect more with the fans.

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ScottSouder says:

This is awesome. Just saw Nin here in CO. Amazing show. Didn't know Trent was an apple user.

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Sketso says:

Awesome story, awesome thing to do. I've always admired Reznor for his creativity, now I admire him for his humanity.

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sir17reeder says:

Wow that's pretty neat. See what technology can do!

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djstarion says:

Trent is such an amazing person.

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djstarion says:

Trent is such an amazing person.

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Mrs. Meh says:

Alright, who's cutting onions?

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asuperstarr says:

What a good deed.

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evilokole says:

I'm surprised more don't utilize facetime for various activities...it's not a gimmick...it actually can help...

Becjr says:

I've never been a NIN fan, but I've seen how Mr. Reznor has continually been interactive and inclusive with his fan base over the years and that, to me, is one of the greatest qualities of respect and gratitude that any musician can exhibit. My hat's off to you Mr. Reznor. Good form!

Justin Thiel says:

The only problem with FaceTime is that I can only use it with people who have Apple devices. A lot of my friends do not use Apple, and there needs to be a workaround for this feature to work. Maybe if they built an Android FaceTime app. This is one scenario where Apple needs cross-platform functionality.

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jbaez3018 says:

That wouldn't happen. Just like you can't send iMessage to other platforms. So how do we solve that? We use WhatsApp! In this case, have you tried Tango? It's like FaceTime but you can chat with your friends with Android, Blackberry, etc. Sometimes i find better than FaceTime because it allows you to do more than just chat. Give it a try.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/tango-text-voice-video/id372513032?mt=8&...

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ljpuk says:

Trent is one of my music heroes. Glad to see him not using a case too ;-)

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kataran says:

Wow that's the coolest FaceTime call ever

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benlee78 says:

Good for Trent!! These celebrities are just people too, and it's great to see them use their advantages to make someone else feel special!

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cwbcpa says:

I was fortunate enough to see NIN for the first time in Cleveland back in 1991. They stopped on their way to another show in another state and put on a show at a 500-600 capacity club for like $5. It was announced at about 5pm and started around 10. I was lucky enough to get in. He said he just wanted to say thank you to fans where they got their start. It appears he has never lost that appreciation for fans. It's good to see there are still good people out there doing things like this.

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News_Dr2521 says:

Acts like this helps restore some faith in humanity. Freakin' awesome.

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briti12 says:

This is an amazing thing. Technology helps us do so many amazing things.

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VinWin5 says:

This is awesome! Very cool of him to do that for a fan.

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