Reznor, recalling the time when his band toured with Bowie in 1995, explained how the late icon helped him see the “light at the end of the tunnel.”
Reznor discussed in-depth how his battle with alcohol and drug-taking crept up on him as his band grew in popularity: “I wasn’t the guy who aged 12 had a beer and turned into a werewolf,” he said. “It kind of crept up. I wasn’t prepared for the transformative effect of fame and recognition. Now everyone’s here to see me, and I still feel like I don’t belong there, that I don’t deserve to be there, that I don’t know how to act.
“But I found myself uncomfortable in a scenario where everybody wants to be your friend,” he said. “Having a drink or two was a tool. It did help, for a while, until it started to define who I was. In every scenario, I had to drink, because that was me now.”