The group has tapped Australian drummer Alex Carapetis to fill in during the its ongoing fall tour with Queens Of The Stone Age.

With Nine Inch Nails drummer Jerome Dillon sidelined by a heart condition, the group has tapped Australian drummer Alex Carapetis to fill in during its ongoing fall tour with Queens Of The Stone Age. Carapetis played his first show with Nine Inch Nails on Friday in Chicago.

"I can't begin to tell you what a difficult job it is to replace your drummer in this band, and these guys have truly risen to the high-pressure situation that it is," NIN leader Trent Reznor wrote on the band's Web site.

Earlier last week, session drummer extraordinaire Josh Freese manned the kit for shows outside Salt Lake City and Denver. His presence was necessitated by Dillon's health problems, which have required two stints in the hospital.

The tour's Sept. 16 opener in San Diego was cut short after Dillon collapsed on stage and the following night's performance in Tucson, Ariz., was also postponed. Dillon had to be hospitalized again after a Sept. 28 show in Sacramento, Calif., and left the tour after a concert three nights later in Los Angeles.

As for Carapetis, he has previously played with Delta Goodrem, Lenny Kravitz and a host of Australian acts.