This Community College Teacher Is Getting Inducted Into the Hall of Fame With Nine Inch Nails

The humble drummer gets recognized for a career achievement

September 3, 2020

Nine Inch Nails is expected to enter the league of Rock legends this year, when band members are inducted into the 2020 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class. Originally lead singer Trent Reznor was the only one honored, but Rock Hall officials pivoted their decision and included all members, including an Alabama music school teacher.

Former members Atticus Ross, Robin Finck Ilan Rubin and Alessandro Cortini will be enshrined November 7 at the Public Auditorium in Cleveland, OH. Included on that list is drummer Chris Vrenna, who currently teaches music at Alabama’s Calhoun Community College.

Vrenna contributed to some of NIN’s signature albums including Broken, Pretty Hate Machine, and The Downward Spiral. The drummer also performed during the group’s famous Woodstock ’94 mud bath performance.

Other artists included in the Rock Hall’s class of 2020 include The Doobie Brothers, T. Rex, Depeche Mode, the late Whitney Houston, and the late rapper The Notorious B.I.G.

The live induction ceremony was previously rescheduled to November 7 from its original date of May 2. Now, the event will go sans audience. Instead, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame will present an exclusive special honoring the 2020 inductees.

The special will air on HBO and HBO Max on Saturday, November 7 at 8PM ET. The special will feature acceptance speeches, interviews with inductees and the artists who influenced them, archival content, and more.

NIN has spent their quarantine time off the touring road with philanthropic endeavors. Reznor says the group will be selling tour merchandize online, donating profits to local food banks in the cities they were scheduled to play.

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