The opening monologue for this live rendition of "La Mer." Also a Tear Jerker.
Trent: About 10 years ago or so I locked myself away in a house on the ocean, and I tried to... well, I said I was trying to write some music. Some of which wound up on The Fragile. But what I was really doing was trying to kill myself. And the whole time I was away by myself, I managed to write one song, which is this song. So when I play it I feel pretty weird about it, because it takes me back to a pretty dark and awful time in my life. Itís weird to think how different things are now. [Beat] Iím still alive, I havenít died yet. And Iím afraid to go back to that place because it feels kind of haunting to me, but Iím going to go back. Iím going to get married there.
"Everything" - an upbeat (for NIN, anyway) song about surviving everything.
I am whole. I am free.
Considerable YMMV on this (as with the question as to whether or not this belongs in the Funny section in addition to or instead of here, or either), but at about 36:49 in the Austin City Limits concert, an audience member shouts, "I love you, Trent!" to whom Trent replies with "I love you too, man" with a smile before beginning the next song.
Trent giving awayThe Slip for free. Why is it a heartwarming moment? Because it was Trent's "thank you" to his fans for being with him for all this years, saying, and quote: "This one is on me".
Trent's relationship with his fans in general is this. While the fans can be a bit arrogant regarding the Broken Base and his wife, it's obvious he loves them deeply.
Writer, concert photographer and NIN fanboy Andrew Youssef had been dealing with colon cancer for a couple years, and one night was too ill to attend a 2013 Las Vegas show. So of course Trent Reznor decides to Facetime him during the show, and play "In This Twilight" for him. (Sadly, Youssef passed away a few weeks later.)
Trent: One of the greatest moments of my life was standing onstage next to David Bowie while he sang "Hurt" with me. I was outside of myself, thinking, "I'm standing onstage next to the most important influence I've ever had, and he's singing a song I wrote in my bedroom." It was just an awesome moment.
The Fragile may be an overall dark and depressing album, but still has heartwarming moments, particularly "We're in This Together" and "The Fragile".