During the middle of Saturday’s show at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Reznor dialed up OC Weekly’s cancer-stricken photographer Andrew Youssef for a FaceTime session, then dedicated “In This Twilight” to the diehard Nine Inch Nails fan.
“I want to have a Bono moment and try to FaceTime him,” Reznor said to the crowd before calling Youssef.
“Listen, I just wanted to tell you that I miss you man. I wish you were here,” said Reznor over the ‘Andrew’ chants coming from the crowd.
Youssef, formerly a pharmacist by day and concert photographer by night, has stage four colon cancer, and has chronicled his experiences in his OC Weekly column, Last Shot. (The paper also recently published a cover story about his life and battle.) Youssef’s admiration of Nine Inch Nails can be seen in Last Shot, particularly in one column from this past July, titled Hopes of Seeing Nine Inch Nails One Last Time Pushes Me Forward. According to the alt-weekly, Reznor began following Youssef on Twitter in August after becoming aware of his fandom. The two became fast friends and even had lunch together during the band’s week of rehearsals in Los Angeles this summer.
– Cody Black, KROQ Los Angeles