Trent Reznor and Maynard James Keenan are two iconic names in rock, and Keenan's A Perfect Circle bandmate Billy Howerdel was there the first time they met in person. In fact, he introduced them in the '90s.
“I brought Maynard to the New Orleans studio to meet Trent. I mean, they obviously knew who each other were, but they’d never met," he recalled during a chat with Consequence. “The first day I brought him in there, I remember Trent was literally on the floor with a PC spread out, putting circuit boards together and things like that. And I think it was the moment when Maynard goes, Oh, OK, this guy’s for real. This isn’t just some guy phoning it in with a pretty face and a couple of lucky songs. This is a guy who’s doing the work. That’s me imagining [what Maynard was thinking], ’cause I l know Maynard’s work ethic, and I know what things he values.”
“Trent was and still is a big inspiration, and kind of North Star, for what it is to be a writer, [as well as] a person looking at technology and how it incorporates into your world," he added. "I think it’s inspiring.”
Oh, to have been a fly on that wall.