Nine Inch Nails drummer celebrates birthday in style

Despite the sad events at yesterday's Michael Jackson memorial there was reason to celebrate for a couple of drumming stars.

Beatles legend Ringo Starr turned 69 and Nine Inch Nails drummer Ilan Rubin celebrated his 21st year. In true rock fashion Trent Reznor organised a little treat for Ilan during their Paris show last night.

Check out the video below while you can, the content probably won't be on YouTube for long! (Warning: not safe for work)

Birthday pranks on drummers are not uncommon. Just last December Lars Ulrich turned 45 and the rest of Metallica and their crew chose to celebrate with the obligatory custard pies to the face.

Luckily a fan was on hand to film all the whipped cream carnage. Head to 7.20 for first impact.

Chris Barnes

I'm MusicRadar's eCommerce Editor. In addition to testing the latest music gear, with a particular focus on electronic drums, it's my job to manage the 300+ buyer's guides on MusicRadar and help musicians find the right gear for them at the best prices. I dabble with guitar, but my main instrument is the drums, which I have been playing for 24 years. I've been a part of the music gear industry for 20 years, including 7 years as Editor of the UK's best-selling drum magazine Rhythm, and 5 years as a freelance music writer, during which time I worked with the world's biggest instrument brands including Roland, Boss, Laney and Natal.