Lostprophets' Rubin joins Nine Inch Nails

Ilan Rubin, best known for playing with with Welsh rockers Lostprophets, has been hand-picked by Trent Reznor to join the Nine Inch Nails when they begin touring again in 2009.

Rubin replaces Josh Freese who will depart the band at the end of its current US tour.

Writing on the Nine Inch Nails website, Reznor said: "I had the chance to see Ilan playing his ass off at Reading and Leeds [festivals in the UK] a couple summers ago and he blew me away. We recently invited him out to rehearse with us and he blew US away — the perfect guy to pick up the sticks after Josh leaves us at the end of the year."

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