If you've been reading this page from the very start, there's a very good chance that you were on DALnet #nin99, an IRC channel that sprung up around the time nin.com first opened. While I eventually was made 'founder' of the channel, it was begun by these two guys, Justin and Jesse, who went by justmcg
. There was so much going on in that channel that wasn't being covered in a timely fashion by SLS News that I decided to start a website with multiple contributors (Just Paul and John at first), so that everyone in the channel could keep up with the updates that happened while they were away. the ninetynine hotline
sprung forth. (By the year two thousand, the middle word got abbreviated.)
What's all this got to do with the headline atop this blurb? Some fourteen years later, the guy who started the channel that's responsible for this website is Alessandro's right-hand synth man. I mean, Justin McGrath also has done a few things in between, but seriously, how fucking cool is that? Tonight's Lollapalooza performance was his first show with NIN on his home turf. Congrats and good luck, Justin!