Star of comedy film American Pie visits the Vault in Rugby

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IT’S not every day a Hollywood star descends on Rugby - but last night music and film fans had the unusual experience of seeing one play an intimate acoustic gig.

Tom Nicholas - who stared as Henry Rowengartner in Rookie of the Year and Kevin Myers in the American Pie film series - brings his band to Vault as part of their tour of the UK. He describes their rocky sound as being similar to that of the Foo Fighters, and while the group is used to playing in much bigger venues in cities like London, Leeds and Machester, Tom stated this week that he’s looking forward to playing in a much smaller venue.

He said: “We’ve been wanting to play in England for a while, ever since I did a show in London earlier this year and was blown away by the crowd’s response. I’ve never had a reception like it and I wanted to come back ever since. Now here we are. We had to cancel some of our shows because of problems in our tour team, which is why the date in Rugby was arranged at such short notice.

“But I’m really happy about it, and really looking forward to playing somewhere much smaller.”

The group, known as the Thomas Ian Nicholas Band, have played over 350 shows across America and Europe. While Tom, who lives in Los Angeles, still has a busy career acting, writing and directing – starring in shows like Grey’s Anatomy, and films like the Chicago 8 and The Bridge to Nowhere – he doesn’t mind talking about the roles that made him famous. Most notable perhaps was the role of Kevin Myers in the teen comedy series American Pie. He said: “I don’t mind people talking to me about American Pie or Rookie of the Year at all - those films opened a lot of opportunities for me and were great fun to make.”