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Former Band Members: Where Are They Now?

February 24, 2012Click to subscribe

As the only official member of his band Nine Inch Nails, Trent Reznor has a long list of musical exploits that are well-known to many fans. That said, many other accomplished musicians helped the NIN franchise to become such an overwhelming success. Read on to learn where just two of the former members are now.

Danny Lohner is an accomplished guitarist and keyboardist, and his early involvement in the thrash scene is part of what inspired Reznor to invite him to join Nine Inch Nails as a touring member. Lohner's later mastery of music engineering and production made him an asset on such NIN albums as "The Downward Spiral," "The Fragile" and "Things Falling Apart." Those same skills have made Lohner a favorite with artists as diverse as Marilyn Manson, Eminem, Metallica and Angels & Airwaves. Lohner is also a regular member of the experimental ambient band Puscifer.

Guitarist Robin Finck served a six-year stint with Nine Inch Nails before ongoing disputes with Reznor caused him to drop the gig. Finck was lucky enough to find work in another major rock franchise, Guns N' Roses, where he replaced iconic guitarist Slash. Finck only signed onto GNR for a two-year contract, allowing him to make amends with Reznor and rejoin NIN in time for their last live tour in 2009. To date, Finck is still considered the lead live guitarist for the band.

All said, a total of 20 musicians have served as rotating members of the live version of Nine Inch Nails, and many of those musicians have gone on to fill positions in other important bands.

1 Comment
  • Posted: 3/23/2012
    Mybitofinfo says:

    Thank you so much for writing this blog. I have been a long time fan of NIN. I have not seen much information about them lately. It seems that everyone has pretty much forgotten about them. I had no idea that Robin Finck played with Guns N' Roses. Unfortunately, I did not get a chance to see them play in 2009.