Todd Nance’s return to Widespread Panic was short-lived, to say the least. The band’s original drummer had gone on leave in 2014 to “attend to personal matters,” with Duane Trucks temporarily taking his place. Nance rejoined the group for their four performances at their Panic En La Playa festival in Mexico in early February, but by the first of the group’s two hometown shows at the Classic Center in Athens on Feb. 9th (just three days after the 30th anniversary of the group’s first show), Nance was already out again.
It remains unclear as to whether it was a mutual decision or if either Nance (third from left in this photo) or the rest of the band initiated the abrupt change. On the day of the first Classic Center show, it was announced that Duane Trucks (nephew of Butch, brother of Derek, and Panic guitarist Jimmy Herring’s son-in-law) would be Widespread Panic’s drummer moving forward. Trucks is also a member of Hard Working Americans with Panic bassist Dave Schools.