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Doves Were Busted; Andy's out on a limb.. but makes it to the gig.

DOVES rocker Andy Williams almost had to pull out of the band's Scottish shows with Travis this week after a freak accident on his tour bus.

The drummer, who formed the band with his twin brother Jez and Jimi Goodwin, looked set to miss the shows at Glasgow's SECC as special guests to Fran Healy's group on Tuesday and Wednesday night.

Andy suffered broken toes climbing into his bunk of The Doves tour bus on Monday.

But the show went on after he was taken to hospital for emergency treatment.

Specialist help from the Celtic physiotherapist Brian Scott was also enlisted to ensure he could go behind his drum kit in front of 20,000 rock fans.

Andy's brother Jez revealed: "We thought he wasn't going to be able to play, which would have been devastating for us but our tour manager contacted Brian and he worked his magic.

"One of Andy's toes was all smashed up and at least one toe was broken but he was able to play the drums on the shows after a late fitness test.

"Travis have been brilliant. It has been great playing on the tour with them because they are a really down-to-earth band." The band return to Scotland for a one-off Scottish show at Glasgow Barrowland on May 1.

BEFORE that, the Doves release their new single, There Goes The Fear, on April 15 - for one day.

The seven-minute song is the only track on the CD, which will be deleted after 24 hours.

But Jez isn't concerned about losing out on a placing in the Top 40 once the record is withdrawn from the shops.

He explained: "It's being sold for 99p, which is less than a bag of chips. We're not a singles band. Unless you're Will Young, you aren't going to make a lot from singles.

"Actually, we were just messing around and it's probably a suicidal move."

The group, who were nominated for a Mercury Music Prize for their first album Lost Souls, have also made a return to form with the follow-up The Last Broadcast, out on April 29.

The record took 10 months to make - but that was a fraction of the time spent on their debut record, which topped the UK charts and also charted in the States.

Jez said: "It was really painful recording this album in places, but we did it in 10 months.

"The first album took three years, so we turned it around quickly. The pressure worked in our favour, even though it was stressful trying to have the album released in time for the summer festivals."

The straight-talking Manchester band last played T In The Park two years ago, but the first Jez heard the trio were returning to Balado was when he read the adverts.

He said: "They've printed that we're going to do it, so we must be.

"It was brilliant the last time we played, even though the weather was really s***.

"Everyone was drunk and really up for it, which was a massive help."

TRAVIS LIVE!

TRAVIS were once again crowned Scotland's pop kings with a moving performance at Glasgow's SECC on Wednesday night.

The band - Andy Dunlop, Neil Primrose, Dougie Payne and, of course, singer Fran Healy - turned on the style just hours after giving a surprise free concert at Holyrood Secondary in Glasgow. But they showed no signs of tiring.

Fran led the chorus on Why Does It Always Rain On Me? which has become something of an anthem. And there were roars of approval as they worked their way through songs from The Invisible Band. Recently crowned Band On Top Of The World, it's easy to see why Travis are going from strength to strength.
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