Todd Nance Leaves Widespread Panic
Founding drummer Todd Nance has parted ways with Widespread Panic, according to a spokesman for the band. Nance’s spot will be filled by Duane Trucks starting with the band’s hometown show at The Classic Center in Athens, Ga., this evening.
Tonight’s show will celebrate Panic’s 30th anniversary. The group—which at the time consisted of Nance, John Bell, Michael Houser and Dave Schools—played their first official gig on February 6, 1986 at The Mad Hatter Ballroom, which was located where The Classic Center now stands. A statement sent to Relix and Jambands.com from the group’s spokesman reads, “Duane will be the drummer for Widespread Panic moving forward.”
The news of Nance’s departure comes just days after he reunited with the band for three shows at their annual Panic en la Playa destination event in Mexico. Nance had not performed with Panic since September 2014 due to undisclosed personal reasons, and the Panic en la Playa shows featured several left on the shelf since his departure. During his time away from Panic, the drummer toured regionally with his Todd Nance & Friends project and occasionally collaborated with Panic percussionist Sunny Ortiz.
Earlier today, fan site Panic Stream published a tweet, which has since been deleted, that captured a Instagram direct message from Schools that read, “It was not an an easy decision. Ultimately it was his choice. Onward.”
Trucks, who plays with Schools in Hard Working Americans and has subbed for Nance since 2014, will serve as Panic’s drummer for the foreseeable future. He is also the son-in-law of Panic guitarist Jimmy Herring.