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Nine Inch Nailed

april My Swarthmore friend April Chan used to have a crush on Daniel Day Lewis. When the Downward Spiral came out, she developed a major crush on Trent Reznor.

She wanted to go to a Nine Inch Nails concert, but I think she was a little scared of the potential for bodily harm. I didn't think there was any, I agreed to accompany her to a show in San Jose on October 3, 1994.

The show was in a school gymnasium. Marilyn Manson inspired the crowd to maim and massacre their parents followed by freaks from the Jim Rose circus hung concrete blocks from their nipples.

When NIN started, I made my way within ten feet of the stage. The hordes of black clad teenagers were undulating wildly. A terrifying crowd situation where I was involuntarily shifted ten feet in three seconds, ever at risk of losing my footing and slipping under the throng.

I was pushed on top of a woman who was on the floor - she was screaming - "I'm going to die! I can't breathe!" in utter panic - the sound of her voice terrified me, as I was myself buried beneath the buckling bodies. I thrust my hand up and yelled "there's someone under me - let me up!" I was hoisted out after some of the most harrowing seconds of my life.

I lost a shoe for a little while, found it, and retreated to the back of the suicidal sway.

I made eye contact with a big haired blonde san jose girl in blue jeans and a gap shirt, she came over towards me, me to her. We hugged, groped, kissed, and necked for twenty minutes.

Meanwhile, a thirty by twelve foot screen projection of maggots wriggled as the crowd chanted, "I want to fuck you like an animal."

We parted without ever saying a word.

It was a pretty intense evening, thank you Trent.

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