Dillon recalls, "[My manager] asked if I was interested in being in Nine Inch Nails. I would have been interested in being houseboy in the studio." Dillon submitted a sample of his work, and was contacted shortly after with the opportunity to audition in front of Reznor. "I thought it was going to be the same thing all over again. Instead, I walked in and it was more of just a conversation with me and the band.
They liked where I was coming from musically, and they thought it was conducive to the direction of the new record". He was featured as the band's live drummer during touring in support of The Fragile. Additionally, Dillon has worked with Reznor in the studio on subsequent releases including Things Falling Apart, And All That Could Have Been, and With Teeth. Touring in support of With Teeth, Dillon served as drummer from March through September of 2005. During the band's September 16 show in San Diego, he complained of an irregular heartbeat and chest pains approximately forty-five minutes into the set.
The night's performance was forced to come to an early end in order for Dillon to receive proper medical attention. After spending a night in the hospital, he returned to perform with the band in Phoenix, Arizona on September, 19th. Despite this initial return, health problems continued to undermine performance obligations and Dillon was replaced as the band's touring drummer. On October 28 2005, Dillon announced that he would not be returning to the band, according to a post made on his website (registration required). In this post and a following interview with TIMBT he stated that the final decision to leave the band was not motivated by health issues but artistic differences with the band.
His last appearance with the band was at the Hollywood Bowl, California, on October 1. Soon after, he released a solo disk under the name nearLY featuring 12 Rounds vocalist Claudia Sarne. The live incarnation, featureing Dillon and Sarne as well as Leo Ross (Brother of Atticus Ross, 12 rounds programmer and NIN collaberator.) and several others, played only two live shows. One at Molly Malones's and one at Spaceland, both small Los Angeles clubs. The live performances yeilded a live release consisting of a DVD and an EP.
Late in 2006, Dillon announced he had moved into a new stage regarding the nearLY project and had begun writing new material and collaberating with singer/actress Persia White. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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