With record sales plummeting and disposable income not so disposable anymore, musicians (along with everyone else) are going to greater and greater lengths to stay solvent. Still, drummer Josh Freese - a top L.A. session musician and former Nine Inch Nail, currently a member of Devo, the Vandals and A Perfect Circle - has taken the idea of a musician for hire to a completely different level.
For $50, Freese will call you (or someone else) and thank you for buying his album. $250 buys you lunch with him; a one-on-one drum lesson and bonus strip-club buffet runs $2,500. "It's really crazy," Freese tells Vickie Chang of Houston Press
sister paper OC Weekly
. "It's going into this realm of performance art and jackassery. I do have that kind of weird, kooky, kitschy part of my personality, and it's just the way I've always been."
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