Duane Trucks Has Replaced Todd Nance In Widespread Panic
Widespread Panic drummer Duane Trucks
Earlier this month drummer Todd Nance rejoined Widespread Panic for this year’s Panic En La Playa festival in Mexico. The four performances marked Todd’s first shows with the band since September of 2014. For now Panic En La Playa may serve as Nance’s last with the band he helped form as Duane Trucks will be behind the kit for Widespread Panic at The Classic Center tonight in Athens. When word started to spread about Todd’s status, we reached out to the band’s representatives for comment who shared, “Duane will be the drummer for Widespread Panic moving forward. Todd will not be on stage this evening.”
Nance, a childhood friend of guitarist Michael Houser, performed with the band in Athens on February 6, 1986 at the group’s first performance under the moniker Widespread Panic and had been a fixture until September of 2014. Todd went on hiatus starting with Panic Fall Tour 2014 to “take time to attend to personal matters.” Duane Trucks was behind the kit for the duration of Nance’s hiatus and recorded with Widespread Panic on their recently released Street Dogs LP. Trucks is also a member of Hard Working Americans, a group that features Widespread Panic’s Dave Schools on bass. Duane has many other family connections as his brother is guitarist Derek Trucks, his uncle is Allman Brothers Band drummer Butch Trucks and his father-in-law is Widespread Panic guitarist Jimmy Herring.
Audio of tonight’s Widespread Panic show in the band’s hometown of Athens can be streamed via LiveWidespreadPanic.com.