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imageMARILYN MANSON
VOCALS - LYRICIST - DIRECTOR - PRODUCER - PERCUSSION - ETC.

imageTWIGGY RAMIREZ
SONG WRITER - GUITARIST - BASSIST

imageTYLER BATES
SONG WRITER - GUITARIST - KEYBOARDIST - PROGRAMMER - PRODUCER

imageGIL SHARONE
DRUMS

imagePAUL WILEY
LIVE GUITARIST

imageDANIEL FOX
LIVE KEYBOARDS & PERCUSSION

TRENT REZNOR

Trent Reznor is the originator and chief creative member of Nine Inch Nails, and acted as ambassador and contemporary promoter for some of the formative and instigative periods of Marilyn Manson'e early notoriety in the mid-nineties.

Reznor's name, for many years, was almost synonymous with Manson's, such was the level of influence that he had on the creative history of the band. That isn’t to suggest that it wasn’t Manson’s personal vision, because it has always been as such, but from the period of 1993 to 1997, Manson and Reznor endured a provocative, yet fervently creative working relationship, with Reznor helping to develop the fledgling Manson and his band from underground Floridian cult rockers, to serrated, dangerous and bombastic Ubermensch, in tandem with Manson’s precise and driven Nietzschean approach to rock n’ roll theatre.

The young Brian Warner actually conducted an interview with Reznor as part of his early journalistic career, before the creation of Marilyn Manson, and prior to their professional relationship. It would not be until a few years later that Reznor, recognising the way Marilyn Manson and the Spooky Kids were being mis-managed, started working with them on producing a superior set of tracks for Portrait Of An American Family than the ones they had recorded originally. Reznor's digital wizardry would be part of the fated components that came together to put Marilyn Manson on the map with their first, deceptively playful album, which he oversaw the final engineering and production of.

The relationship between Manson and Reznor would from this point on have its continued share of tumultuous highs and lows, the individual pride and personality of either man clashing, or combining to create timeless work, as they toured together, and eventually went into the studio to create Manson's master vision, Antichrist Superstar. Much of the process of recording, and their subsequent strained relationship (exacerbated by drug use, ego and the low environs of New Orleans) is documented in Manson's autobiography, The Long Hard Road Out Of Hell, but following the book's release, and Manson's confirmed artistic independence in the form of the critically acclaimed Mechanical Animals, there were continued incidents where the two figures would rekindle and then again destroy their friendship. In 2000, Manson surprised fans of either act by appearing onstage with Nine Inch Nails at their Madison Square Garden show on May 9th, for a performance of The Beautiful People, which notably drew focus away from Reznor as front man, and placed Manson as central figure. They also worked together that same year with Manson appearing in the music video for Nine Inch Nails' Starfuckers Inc., in which Manson was portrayed as Reznor's "girlfriend", as they visit a funfair and use attractions lampooning various figures perceived to be vacuous entities in rock and roll media at the time of the video's creation.

Despite the apparent reconcilliation, things were resolutely quiet between either party following this. Three years later, with Manson's final Tryptych opus Holy Wood (In The Shadow Of The Valley Of Death) firmly set in music history, long term friend and writing partner Twiggy Ramirez would leave the ranks of Marilyn Manson before the recording of The Golden Age Of Grotesque, and later join Nine Inch Nails under his birth name Jeordie White. Despite being a full time member of Nine Inch Nails, there has been speculation since that Reznor's position as chief member was despotic, and that White experienced an unhappy tenure prior to the success of his own Goon Moon project and subsequent reunion as lead guitarist of Marilyn Manson in 2008.

Reznor has possibly been mentioned ambiguously by Manson following their last known social activity. In an interview with former Manson fan resource MansonUSA.com, he hinted that the master recordings for some of the band's most crucial recordings (created whilst signed to Reznor's Nothing division of Interscope Records) were "deliberately" lost by a significant figure from that organisation, which many fans took to mean Reznor. Manson also responded to more recent jibes from Reznor calling Manson a "Dopey Clown", by rather uncharacteristically remaining diplomatic and stating simply that it it is probably easy for Reznor to insult him, considering that wealth generated from Nothing Records with Manson's name attached label still lands directly in his pocket. He later, far less diplomatically potentially referred to Reznor on his MySpace Blog, when the term "Rent Friendster" was suggested as a thinly veiled pun on Reznor's name. In any case, it is generally agreed by fans of both artists that they have been opposed in their creative vision for some time now, and at this stage, Reznor's former position in the Manson canon is simply consigned to history.

Nine Inch Nails played what was cited as their "final" show on the 10th of September 2009, after 20 years of live shows. It is uncertain if or when Reznor will return to recording under the NIN name, though it is not ruled out entirely.

MEMBER DETAILS

Gender. Male
Born. Trent Reznor, Pennsylvania [USA]
Birth Date. 17.05.1965

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COLLABORATIVE ROLE

Position. Producer • Promoter • Label Boss

Instruments. Guitar • Keyboards • Piano • Studio Tools