The best use of technology I’ve seen in a while:
Above, Reznor Facetimes with Andrew Youssef, a photojournalist who has been battling terminal cancer for nearly two years. Youssef would have been at this very gig, but for health reasons could not make it, so Reznor got him there in another, very unique and personal way. Youssef has chronicled his story in his ongoing column at OCWeekly, titled, “Last Shot.”
I first heard about Youssef in a writeup at Consequence of Sound, who summarize the event and Youssef’s story perfectly:
Whether you’ve followed Youssef’s story from day one or are just hearing about it now, it’s the kind of beautiful, gut-wrenching moment that not only proves the power of music but of a little human kindness.
Youssef replied, “I’m speechless” via Twitter after the performance:
I’ve been into Nine Inch Nails since before I saw them at the first Lollapalooza about a million years ago. I’ve followed Reznor closely ever since, respecting his music and commitment to his craft. Here’s another reason for respect, to both Reznor and Youssef.
What do you think? Have you heard of similar stories? What would you do in this situation? Let us hear from you in the comments.
- Terminally Ill Photojournalist Gets Surprise Call From NIN’s Trent Reznor During Concert (losangeles.cbslocal.com)
- Trent Reznor Calls Cancer-Stricken OC Weekly Photographer During Show To Dedicate Song To Him (kroq.cbslocal.com)
- Trent Reznor FaceTimes Cancer-Stricken Fan During Concert (mukeshbalani.wordpress.com)
- Trent Reznor Calls Dying Fan During Nine Inch Nails Show (rollingstone.com)