Side Project In The Works; Rick Rubin Producing NIN Album In the ever-growing world
of superstar side projects, the latest to rear its ugly head is Tapeworm, featuring members
of Nine Inch Nails. A source says that the band includes guitarist/ keyboardist/ bassist
Danny Lohner, drummer Chris Vrenna, and Sean Beavan, who has worked with NIN and
Marilyn Manson as an engineer and/or remixer.
Although Trent Reznor has told his bandmates that he will sing in the project, our source
says it may not happen. Regardless, the band is looking to have a few singers handle
vocal duties for Tapeworm.
"Trent may be nervous that Tapeworm might take off ala Manson, and he has a serious
competitive streak," says the source, referring to the fact that Reznor would not want to
lose bandmates to a band which may become as successful as Marilyn Manson, whom he
also helped. "He claimed that Tapeworm tapes were his since they were done in his
studio," the source continues. "Bandmembers threatened to leave [so] he said, 'I'll do
[vocals] for you,' and everyone was satisfied. I think he's lying to keep the sidemen happy.
He hasn't done anything on the project; he's keeping everyone on a string."
Meanwhile, noted producer Rick Rubin (Red Hot Chili Peppers (see story above), Johnny
Cash); the president of American Recordings, is said to be producing the new Nine Inch
Nails record... via phone? "I wouldn't be surprised if it doesn't last," says the source. "He
phones in his advice."Another source says that Reznor and Rubin have met, Reznor's
flown to L.A. to talk with him, and that it's unlikely that any real producing is being done
over the phone.
Reznor, who has been in New Orleans, is said to be thinking about renting a house
somewhere in California soon to write the record. The only new NIN song we know
about so far is "Perfect Drug," which will be on the soundtrack to the forthcoming David