Trent Reznor speaks out on the loss of Anthony Bourdain and David Bowie

"That's a loss, culturally - we needed that voice"

Trent Reznor has spoken out about how he was effected by the recent death of Anthony Bourdain, and compared it to that his friend and collaborator David Bowie.

The Nine Inch Nails frontman was speaking to Rolling Stone, when he spoke of how Bowie inspired his recent track ‘God Break Down The Door’ from acclaimed new album ‘Bad Witch‘.

“The decision to do the Bowie-esque, croony vocal was just fucking around initially without the intent of it ever going to the outside world,” said Reznor. “And Atticus [Ross] spoke up and said, ‘You gotta keep that’.”


When put to him that the saxophones make the track remiscent of Bowie’s ‘Blackstar’, Reznor replied: “I knew it would. I mean, I still think about that man all the time.”

Asked about how he feels about David Bowie’s death today, Reznor replied: “Let’s first talk about Anthony Bourdain. I never met him. But I liked the world with him in it better. I liked knowing he was out there in some fashion, especially in these times. That’s a loss; culturally, we needed that voice.”

He continued: “With Bowie, I did know him to a degree. I certainly studied his work and continued to do so. It felt like, “Man, we weren’t done. There’s more to go. I needed you in the world.” It was like a family member almost. There are these people that you feel you can rely on out there – not for support necessarily, but it’s good to know they’re experiencing life as we’re in semi-uncertain times and even when we aren’t. I think about that a lot.”

Nine Inch Nails and Bowie toured together in the ’90s, with Reznor also contributing to his single ‘I’m Afraid Of Americans’. Reznor has also been vocal in the past about how Bowie helped him to overcome addiction.


US TV chef and travel documentary host Bourdain died in France last month. He was 61 years old. The likes of U2 and Pearl Jam paid tribute to Bourdain, with his friend and collaborator Josh Homme also sharing a touching letter that he wrote to his daughter.

‘Bad Witch’ by Nine Inch Nails is out now.

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