Former THE ICARUS LINE guitarist Aaron North spoke to Kerrang! magazine about his decision to leave the group and join NINE INCH NAILS. "It felt like that band has run its course and it was time for me to do something else," he said. "Three weeks after quitting the band, I was asked to play with NINE INCH NAILS." North is currently in rehearsals with the band for their sold-out shows at London's Astoria on March 30 and 31. "They're going superb," said North. "The idea is to have a ton of material at our disposal, so each set can be radically different. Some of the die-hard NINE INCH NAILS fans may be surprised at some of the tunes attempted or reworked."
Although the 2005 band lineup of NINE INCH NAILS includes several new faces, drummer Jerome Dillon has kept his role as touring drummer since 1999. Dillon told Launch Radio Networks he never let founder Trent Reznor constantly changing the NIN roster faze him.
"I knew about the revolving door of membership of the band, but going into it, you know, I had a pretty clear idea of what it was that he was about, and knew that the direction of the band artistically and otherwise was, you know, 180 percent Trent Reznor," he said.
In other news, The NIN Hotline is reporting that Trent Reznor will be appearing on the BBC Radio One "Rock Show" for a "chat" on March 29 (the night before the first London Astoria gig) to answer questions and talk about the group's upcoming album, "With Teeth". For those not in the U.K., you will be able to tune in via the "Rock Show" web site between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 3:00 a.m. GMT (8:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. EST).
"With Teeth", is scheduled for release in the U.S on May 3 (one day earlier internationally). The CD, which is said to be "more song-orientated" than 1999's "The Fragile", was recorded in part at Sound City Studio in Van Nuys, Ca., and features a guest appearance on drums by former NIRVANA drummer/current FOO FIGHTERS frontman Dave Grohl. Mixing duties were handled by Alan Moulder (THE CURE, SMASHING PUMPKINS).