In another Alternative Nation exclusive excerpt from my book, ‘Survival of the Fittest: Heavy Metal in the 1990’s,’ is a colorful quote from Filter/ex-Nine Inch Nails member Richard Patrick, who recalls when he realized it was time to exit NIN, and head out on his own:
“I was already being courted by five labels, and Trent was paying me like, 400 or 600 bucks a month. I was like, ‘Dude, you’re driving a $400,000 Porsche.’ What kind of ended it was the manager called me up and he was like, ‘Hey Rich, we know you’re not coming to the studio enough and maybe you’re working on your own thing or something. But just want to let you know, there’s a pizza shop that needs a driver, and it’s right down at the end of Cielo Drive. You’ll make some extra money, and you’ll learn about responsibility, so you don’t have to be such a crazed lunatic.’ And I’m like, ‘Wow. Are you fuckin’ telling me that I’ve got to go get a job as a pizza boy, when Trent is driving a $400,000 car, when he’s living in the Sharon Tate mansion, which is $25,000 a month rent? Are you fuckin’ kidding me?’ And they were serious!”
Soon after, Patrick formed Filter, and scored a big hit with the track “Hey Man, Nice Shot.”
You can read an entire chapter from the book here (which recounts how guitar solos nearly vanished from rock music by the mid ’90s), another excerpt here (in which Scott Weiland discusses the affect of Kurt Cobain’s death), and find ordering info for the paperback/Kindle versions here, and the Nook version here.