Nine Inch Nails manager Jim Guirenot wants it made clear that the band's aborted Cox Arena show on September 16 had nothing to do with drug use on the part of drummer Jerome Dillon. The band stopped playing after ten songs due to Dillon's chest pains. About half an hour later -- after frontman Trent Reznor informed the audience of the "medical emergency" -- Guirenot took the stage and told fans to hang on to ticket stubs because Nine Inch Nails would return to Cox Arena for a make-up show on November 20.
"Trent is sober," says Guirenot. "He wouldn't have anyone doing drugs on his team. Jerome is not a drug taker. He's the one guy in the band who ends up in the gym with Trent." Guirenot notes that San Diego was the first date of the tour and that the band practiced the night before and at noon the day of the show.
"Everyone was overworked," says Guirenot. "And drummers tend to work harder, anyway.... Everyone [backstage] thought he was having a heart attack." Guirenot says Dillon experienced atrial fibrillation.
How could the make-up date be certain 20 minutes after the crisis?
"I was there, our agent was there, and the building management was there," says Guirenot. "We just did it."
Guirenot says he's not sure who will open the rescheduled date, but he doesn't think Queens of the Stone Age, the September 16 openers, will be returning.