R.I.P. James Joseph Woolley (1966-2016)
Former Nine Inch Nails keyboardist James Woolley dies aged 50.
News of his death was revealed via Facebook by Woolley’s ex-wife Kate Van Buren, with whom the musician had three children. Van Buren didn’t reveal the cause of Woolley’s death, saying: “James passed away this weekend....I wanted our friends to know....Please keep the Woolley family and all his loved ones in your prayers”.
Woolley was a member of Nine Inch Nails from 1991-94, when the band released influential album ‘The Downward Spiral’ and mini-album ‘Broken’.
Before joining Nine Inch Nails, Woolley played in Die Warzau, featuring NIN drummer Chris Vrenna. Woolley replaced Lee Mars as keyboardist in 1991, playing on the first Lollapalooza tour and the later shows for Nine Inch Nails’ album ‘Pretty Hate Machine’.
Although he played with Nine Inch Nails in the studio for ‘The Downward Spiral’ and appeared in the videos for the singles ‘Wish’ and ‘March Of The Pigs’, it’s not thought that any of Woolley’s contributions went on to ‘The Downward Spiral’.
Woolley left Nine Inch Nails in 1994 for family reasons, replaced by soundtrack composer Charlie Clouser.