Lead guitarist Rick Brewster was hospitalised last week with an infection and is expected to be discharged within the next couple of days, but he is under doctor’s orders to rest for the remainder of the week.
Bob Spencer, who was a permanent member of the band from 1986-1992, has stepped up to fill in for Rick on the last two shows of the tour at the Commercial Hotel in South Morang on Fri 28th Apr as well as the Village Green Hotel in Mulgrave on Sat 29th Apr.
John Brewster says “One of Rick’s biggest worries while he has been ill has been whether he let’s down fans by cancelling shows. We are grateful that Bob is available to help out for these last two shows of the tour and we are looking forward to rescheduling last week’s cancelled shows when Rick is recovered.”
While it will be a bittersweet experience wrapping up the tour without Rick on stage, John Brewster says the most important thing is that he rests and recovers. “The doctors are really pleased with how Rick is progressing“, said Brewster. “It will be great when he comes out of hospital this week, but he will need another week or two of rest – even if he doesn’t want – before he can get back on his feet. Rick can’t wait to get back on stage with The Angels again and we’re looking forward to announcing more tour dates in the not too distant future. This experience will make playing alongside Rick again all the more special.”