Nine Inch Nails Postpone Show Due To Drummer’s Heart Trouble

Band seeking replacement for Jerome Dillon, who is hospitalized with a heart condition.

For the second time in as many weeks, Nine Inch Nails drummer Jerome Dillon has been admitted to a Los Angeles hospital, where he’ll be undergoing treatment and tests for a recently-discovered, unspecified heart condition. According to the band’s Web site, Dillon’s ongoing health trouble has forced the postponement of a concert set for Friday (September 30) at the Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California; the band is on the road with Queens of the Stone Age and Autolux through November.

The tour’s September 16 opener at San Diego’s Cox Arena was cut short when Dillon fell ill; that gig has been rescheduled for November 20 (see “My, What Paralyzing Teeth You Have: Queens, NIN To Tour” ). The following night’s show in Tucson, Arizona, was subsequently canceled; there is no word on whether that performance will be rescheduled.

According to the band’s Web site, which acknowledged for the first time that Dillon’s health issues were heart-related, Nine Inch Nails will make up the Oakland Coliseum gig on November 19. Reznor will enlist the talents of a replacement drummer in the interim, with an announcement on who will be filling in for Dillon expected before the weekend.

In a posting on Nine Inch Nails’ Web site Thursday afternoon, frontman Trent Reznor broke the news of Dillon’s re-admittance to a hospital following September 28′s set in Sacramento, California. He also wrote that he had “no idea” how the news would effect the remainder of the tour at the time. “I’m sorry for the postponement. I really hate having to do this,” he wrote. Hours later, Reznor posted an update on the Dillon situation and addressed rumors that the drummer’s real problems weren’t medical issues.

“Dillon does not have a drinking or drug problem,” Reznor’s statement read. “His illness is not the result of abuse, nor are there any purposefully vague statements about what’s really going on with him. I am sure he is as frustrated and upset with the situation as everybody else. This is not his fault. … Jerome is a great drummer and a great guy. We all wish him the best and hope to see him behind the drums again soon. At the present time, his performing live with us places him in a potentially very harmful situation.”