As one era ends – another one dawns

We’ve reached another one of those milestones in the band’s history… after more than 12 years as our lead guitarist, the legend that is Andy Nixon will shortly be standing down in order to pursue a professional career in music. Being not just our guitarist but also a great friend, Andy’s decision is not one he’s made lightly. However, it is one that he needs to make in order to fulfil professional opportunities within the music industry and the rest of us are not only fully supportive of him, but also wish our very good friend every success and will be forever grateful to Andy for not just his unbelievable talent but also for his brilliant company, be it in the rehearsal room, at the gigs, in the pub, on our trips away, or even just on the phone… Mr Nixon will always be “one of the band” to us and this will definitely not be the last we see of him.

Back in 2004 when our original guitarist John Wall said he was standing down we thought that was it, we’d have to finish. No-one could possibly replace John… Andy proved that not only could it be done, it could also move the band forward. We fully intend for that to happen again and after holding auditions in recent weeks (and we sincerely thank the incredible players who came along to play a few numbers with us!) we’re absolutely delighted to have recruited the extremely talented Adrian Stokes to take on the crucial David Gilmour duties!

Now for the ‘when’… Andy will play his last show with us at The Swan Theatre in Worcester on Saturday 28th April before he immerses himself in a UK tour with another production. That means his last ‘local’ gig will be the Queens Hall in Nuneaton on Saturday 17th March. So, all you fellow midlanders who have appreciated this special musician’s talents over the years, please come down and make his last ‘local’ gig one to remember. No doubt our audience down in Worcester will also make the show at The Swan an amazing and emotional occasion. Advance tickets are on sale now for both these shows. See our ‘Live’ page for details.

With no DSOTW show in May, Adrian will be making his live debut with us when we head down to Maidenhead on Saturday 2nd June, followed by our annual return to The Benn Hall in Rugby on Saturday 30th June. After yesterday’s rehearsal we’re all really excited about how Adrian is fitting in and we look forward to everyone welcoming him in the DSOTW family.

See you in Nuneaton & Worcester!