Nine Inch Nails' Josh Freese Offers Fan The Ultimate Experience, Again
2010 might have been Josh Freese’s craziest year yet. The drummer for the group [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Nine Inch Nails[/lastfm] recently came to [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Paramore[/lastfm]‘s rescue, filling in on drums during a South American tour while they searched for a permanent replacement for their departed. But before that, he toured with [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Weezer [/lastfm]and [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Devo [/lastfm]and reunited with his old band mates in [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]A Perfect Circle[/lastfm].
Without the benefit of a single rehearsal, he performed live with [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Sting [/lastfm]and did studio work with [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Social Distortion[/lastfm], the [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Offspring[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Slash [/lastfm]and [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Megadeth[/lastfm], just to name A FEW. Did I mention this was all in 2010!?
Meanwhile, Freese is offering his fans a number of custom-designed packages in support of his solo release. For $7 fans could buy a digital download, bundled with a few videos. But for $75,000, a fan could go on tour with Freese, have him write a five-song EP about their life, take home one of his drum sets and eat shrooms while cruising Hollywood with [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Tool[/lastfm]‘s Danny Carey.
The $75,000 package also entitled the buyer to have Freese either join their band for a month, or during business hours, act as their personal assistant. Its topped off with a limo ride to Tijuana and a flying trapeze lesson with some of Freese’s fellow NIN bandmates.
No one has yet to buy that package.
But a fan did buy a $20,000 bundle which included two personalized songs about the buyer, to be written once Freese got to know them a little bit.
These two songs, along with three songs about three other fans who each purchased a $5,000 package will appear on Freese’s new EP, My New Friends.
[pullquote quote="If you really want to pay for it, I'll take your money and we'll do all this stuff." credit="Josh Freese"]“I wasn’t expecting that package to sell,” says Freese. “I felt like not only do I have to deliver for this guy, but I’m not just going to run down the list and go, ‘Oh sh*t, I can be done with this by 6PM today, if we hurry’. I spent a week with this guy, basically, and made sure he didn’t go home thinking it was a ripoff.” Some bonus prizes were included as well, including hanging out with Slash in the studio for a day and watching a [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Puscifer [/lastfm]show while kicken’ back with some of the guys from Tool. Freese also invited him to spend a few nights at his house, while he made good on the checklist.
Now that My New Friends is officially released, Freese put up a whole new list of package deals on his website. “If you really want to pay for it, I’ll take your money and we’ll do all this stuff, says Freese. “But I want to make sure that you have a good time.”
To view more of the packages up for sale, visit Freese’s website here.