Email 18th March 2004

Subject: Fish 2004 - Tour update and drummer change

Fish drummer Windsor McGilvray has had to retire from the current tour after an injury he had picked up earlier failed to respond and began to have a detrimental effect on his playing. The 40 plus date European tour still has nearly twenty shows remaining and Windsor has been replaced by John Tonks who is currently playing with the support band on Fish's tour, "Never the Bride". John Tonks is an accomplished session musician who has previously played for Paul Young, Tricky, Lamb, Duran Duran and Neneh Cherry amongst many others.

Fish commented "It was obviously a great disappointment to Windsor as this was his first major tour and he had a lot to cope with. It was becoming obvious that he wasn't recovering and with another 20 or so dates still to go it was a case of when, not if, he would have to leave the tour. Luckily we had the services of John Tonks at hand in our support band and as he was fully aware of the set it was a lot easier for him to fill the position. As he plays with both bands he has a bed on both of the relative buses and has already picked up the name of Johnny "Two Bunks"! "

"Never the Bride" singer Nikkie Lambourn has also become involved with the Fish show as she performs a duet with Fish on the track "Just Good Friends"

The song, written by current on-tour guitarist Frank Usher and Fish for the singer's second solo album Internal Exile ('91), was recorded as a duet in '95 with Sam Brown.

Fish said "It seemed a perfectly natural inclusion in the set list as Nikkie has such a powerful voice and is well suited to the song. The differences in height cause quite a lot of amusement as I'm 6 foot five and she is about 5 foot 3! The fans love it!"
 

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