Widespread Panic drummer Todd Nance is back from his time away. He was seen behind the drum kit during yesterday’s soundcheck at their Panic en la Playa destination festival in Mexico.
Widespread Panic had announced that Nance would be taking a leave from the band prior to their fall 2014 tour to deal with personal matters. He has since performed with various projects, but hasn’t played with Widespread Panic since their performance at the Phases of the Moon festival in September 2014. Duane Trucks has been filling in during his absence. Nance, a childhood friend of deceased guitarist Mikey Houser, has been with the band since their incarnation in 1986.
Nance’s return was announced on the Panic en la Playa Facebook page, where pictures of the soundcheck were posted. Panic en la Playa 5, the band’s festival in the Riviera Maya in Mexico, is scheduled to run Feb. 2 through 6. Upon returning stateside, Widespread Panic will embark on a short winter tour in February followed by a more extensive spring tour in April and early May. Tickets for their winter tour are currently on sale. Tickets for the spring tour go on sale Feb. 19 and 26.