Teen Pays $20K To Hang With Rock Drummer

Remember former NIN and current A Perfect Circle/Devo drummer Josh Freese’s unique VIP packages in support of his new album? While no one’s shelled out $75k for the opportunity to shroom with him and Danny from Tool in Hollywood, Florida teen Thomas Mrzyglocki DID accept the $20k offer. It bought him pizza with Mark Mothersbaugh and mini-golf with Maynard James Keenan among other things. Wired.com’s got pics and an interview, and it sounds like the kid is happy with his purchase. Before you scoff, here’s Freese’s take…

Via an e-mail the drummer sent to Bob Lefsetz late last week, reposted on NIN forum:

The guy from Florida that bought the $20,000 package and I have been joined at the hip since Sunday and I won’t even go into all the stuff that we’ve done in the past 4 days but I’ve already gone above and beyond for him and we’re continuing to have a blast. I’ll start posting stuff soon on my website and on youtube but just to give you a quick idea…mini-golf with Maynard James Keenan, pizza at Mark Mothersbaugh’s house, sensory deprivation tank sessions, a signed snare drum I used on a Nine Inch Nails tour, slumber party at the Queen Mary, going to gigs of mine with me, pulling items out of my closet, etc, etc……He’s a great kid and a friend for life. We’re having him check out of his hotel and stay at our house tomorrow night. It’s a LONG, LONG story that I’ll write about later. You can laugh when I say this but it’s true when I tell you that he came into my life for a reason other than just the $$. I actually feel bad about taking the $$ because at this point I’m not hanging out with him or pretending to be his friend for the cash. He got all of his stuff (and a bunch more that wasn’t on the original menu) a while ago. He’s a sweet 19 year old kid who’s had a really rough last couple years (like REALLY fucking rough.) Like….this money he spent to come out here is part of a inheritance he received (you can fill in the blanks there.) I feel like his big brother and I’m trying to make this one of the best weeks of his life.

Sounds like fun. If it were Radiohead making the offer, you’d sell your kidney, no?