Dave Wagstaffe Leaves Landmarq After 22 Years
Landmarq drummer Dave Wagstaffe has left the band after 22 years in order to focus on his work with Martin Turner’s Wishbone Ash.
The founding member’s former colleagues say they’re “very sad” to lose him, but everyone knew a commitment clash was on the cards.
They’re already auditioning replacements and have narrowed their options down to a shortlist, with a new member to be announced before their UK tour in support of recent album Entertaining Angels.
Landmarq say in a statement: “The decision to move on came about due to Dave’s increasing workload with MTWA over the past three years.
“It was becoming increasingly difficult to maintain 100% commitment to both bands given their respective live work. It was obvious there would eventually be a clash of concert dates.
“Dave realised a difficult decision had to be made. It goes without saying that we all wish him the very best with MTWA and the future.”
But the band, who formed in 1990 and have release six studio and two live albums, vow to make the most of Wagstaffe’s departure. “We’ll be looking for someone who fits into the Landmarq family,” they say, “though we’ll also be looking forward to them brining their own talents to the music. Certainly exciting times!”
The new member will be thrown into “intensive rehearsals” before the band hit the road, with European dates being arranged for February and April next year.
Wagstaffe most recently appeared with MTWA at their exclusive Garden Party event at the end of August, when several previous members of the Wishbone Ash organisation made surprise guest appearances for a select audience.
Landmarq UK tour
08/11: Southend Riga (with Exibit A)
11/11: Bilston Robin 2 (with Silhouette)
24/11: Leicester Danfest2 Festival (with Indigo Child)
30/11: Norwich Brickmakers (with Hollow Earth)
01/12: Rotherham Wesley Arts Centre (with Final Conflict)