In an interview with Rolling Stone, Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor talked about the tremendous impact David Bowie had on him, both musically and personally.

 

Here are the quotes that hit me hardest.

He was a tremendous inspiration in terms of what was possible, what the role of an entertainer could be, that there are no rules.

 

I'm standing onstage next to the most important influence I've ever had, and he's singing a song I wrote in my bedroom.

 

You know, there is a better way here, and it doesn't have to end in despair or in death, in the bottom.

 

A few years later, Bowie came through L.A. I'd been sober for a fair amount of time. I wanted to thank him in the way that he helped me. And I reluctantly went backstage, feeling weird and ashamed, like, "Hey, I'm the guy that puked on the rug." And again, I was met with warmth, and grace, and love. And I started to say, "Hey listen, I've been clean for ..." I don't even think I finished the sentence; I got a big hug. And he said, "I knew. I knew you'd do that. I knew you'd come out of that." I have goosebumps right now just thinking about it. It was another very important moment in my life.

It's a heart-breaking interview, and you can read it in it's entirety here.