AN indie-rock band who are due to play a North-East gig next month have vowed the show must go on, despite losing their drummer to illness.
The Subways, who have just released their fourth album are due at Independent in Holmside, Sunderland, on Saturday, March 28.
The band are Billy Lunn on vocals and guitar, Charlotte Cooper on bass and vocals, and Josh Morgan on drums.
The trio, from Welwyn Garden City, have built up a loyal following since they broke into the mainstream in 2005.
They got their big break after winning a competition to appear on The Other Stage at Glastonbury after sending a demo tape to organiser Michael Eavis.
Since then, pounding tracks like Oh Yeah and Rock & Roll Queen have made them a popular live draw.
But they suffered a blow this week when it was announced that drummer Josh has been struggling with debilitating stage fright on the current tour, brought on by his battle with Aspergers Syndrome.
A statement from the band said: “This is something he has struggled with in the past, but it has recently become significantly worse.
“The band have made the hard decision that Josh is to take a leave of absence for the near future, to get professional advice to get him back on stage and rocking as soon as possible.
“In his absence the band have asked a professional drummer and close friend to temporarily step in to keep the show on the road.
“Billy, Charlotte, management, crew and the whole Subways family wish Josh a speedy return and will be working hard to achieve this.”
The identity of the stand-in drummer has yet to be revealed, but one thing’s for sure: it won’t stop the band putting on their usual show of blistering rock ‘n’ roll.
Tickets for The Subways gig at Independent are £13 from 514 2229.