Saturday, January 19, 2008


Now that I've sufficiently calmed down enough to actually type, I can finally write up a short blog post about how amazing last night was for me. A bunch of us got together to see Cloverfield at the ArcLight theater in Sherman Oaks, CA for the 8pm showing ... which was really fun in and of itself ... but as I was corralling our group together in the lobby to distribute tickets, make introductions, etc. I look over and not 10 feet away from me I saw Trent Reznor, lead singer of my fave band ever Nine Inch Nails, standing with a few of his friends. Now, anyone who even remotely knows me personally knows that I have been a huge NIN fan since their first album Pretty Hate Machine was released in the late 80s. Seeing Trent Reznor in person like that, up close and personal in a movie theater lobby like that just knocked the wind out of me and I kinda freaked out. I panicked and decided not to talk to him because I was afraid of embarrassing myself. Fortunately, Trent and his friends were at the theater to see the same showing of Cloverfield and was sitting four rows in front of me. Darion, who I will love for all time for this, convinced me that if I didn't speak to him that night I'd regret it forEVER ... so we decided to wait until the movie was over and then approach him in the lobby (basically D and I bolted from the theater as soon as the credits began and laid in wait in the lobby to make our move as he left the theater) ... which was the perfect way to go because not only did I get to talk with him for a minute but I also go to take a photo with him:

In my head I kept thinking, Don't sound like a crazy stalker ... so I didn't mention that I've seen NIN over 25 times (most recently in Barcelona with David last year), I didn't mention that my first tattoo was the NIN logo (and that I have two NIN related tattoos overall), I didn't mention that two of my prized possessions are pieces of keyboards that he destroyed in concert that I was lucky enough to procure after he threw the pieces into the audience ... yeah, there is a lot that I didn't spew out to him for fear that he'd run away from me as quickly as he could. Instead, at Darion's prompting, I introduced myself as a "big fan" and told him that it was an honor to meet him. HE asked ME if I had just seen Cloverfield and we talked about how we liked it for a bit ... then I got to take the pic, shake his hand and let him go. He was so nice, so friendly and was just really cool to finally get to meet. Despite the blasé look on his face in the pic (I've seen other fan photos with him and he always looks this uninterested) he was a very smiling and friendly guy. I find it strangely coincidental that we were both wearing almost the same clothes -- similar pants and jakcets -- what are the chances that we would be at the same theater to see the same movie at the same time? Hahahaha. I was so freaked out ... I'm not sure I can convey what it meant to me to get to meet Trent Reznor. His music played a huge role in my life (still does) and really defined a very significant time in my life.

I was pretty elated and shocked for most of the night and there was no way I wasn't gonna share my encounter with the world.

UPDATE: Trent Reznor updated the latest post at regarding Cloverfield. Here is the full text of his post:

19 January 2008: Cloverfield!
What are you reading this for? Go see it!!!

posted by Trent Reznor at 8:04 PM.