The surviving members of the Allman Brothers Band (ABB) will reunite on March 10th at New York’s Madison Square Garden for a one-off 50th anniversary reunion concert. Jambands.com posted the band, which now consists of sole surviving original member, drummer Jaimoe, along with Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks, Oteil Burbridge and Marc Quinones. ABB alumnus, keyboardist Chuck Leavell will sit in for a few songs, with appearances by Duane Trucks of Widespread Panic, and keyboardist Reese Wynans. Co-founding guitarist Dickey Betts will not be performing on the night due to “prior commitments.”
Warren Haynes said in a statement, “Hard to believe it’s been five years since our final show at the Beacon. We had all talked about doing a final show at Madison Square Garden, which never came to fruition. What a great way to honor 50 years of music and fulfill that wish at the same time.”
Warren Haynes recalled to us that his personal and professional relationship with the late-Gregg Allman and the Allman Brothers Band spans nearly 40 years: [“Well, we met in 1981, and I was 21-years-old, and he was very encouraging and complimentary toward me. And not too long after that, I started doing some stuff with Dickey Betts, and I was starting to write songs with Dickey, and then Gregg recorded my song, ‘Just Before The Bullets Fly,’ and so, when they invited me to join the Allman Brothers in ’89, I had kind of had a little buffer zone where I wasn’t just completely being thrown into the fire — but I was very intimidated. (Gregg) was very disarming and had a way — toward me — of making me feel very comfortable from the beginning. And that really, kind of, helped my situation in that band and made it a lot easier.”] SOUNDCUE (:47 OC: . . . a lot easier)
One of the highlights of Warren Haynes’ tenure in the Allmans was recreating and building upon the dual lead lines originated by co-founders Duane Allman and Dickey Betts with Derek Trucks: [“Ah, I love playing with Derek. Derek and I have been close friends for a long time, and I think he’s a wonderful musician and it’s a pleasure working with him.”] SOUNDCUE (:10 OC: . . . working with him)
Ticket pre-sales begin on January 7th, with a public on sale date set for January 10th via Ticketmaster.
- The surviving members of the Allman Brothers Band (ABB) will reunite on March 10th at New York’s Madison Square Garden for a one-off 50th anniversary reunion concert.
- The band, which now consists of sole surviving original member, drummer Jaimoe, along with Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks, Oteil Burbridge, and Marc Quinones. ABB alumnus, keyboardist Chuck Leavell will sit in for a few songs, with appearances by Duane Trucks of Widespread Panic and keyboardist Reese Wynans.
- Co-founding guitarist Dickey Betts will not be performing on the night due to “prior commitments.”
INTERNET COMMENTS via Jambands.com – agree or disagree???
WOODMAKER wrote: “Dickey should be there even if they have to ply him with Whiskey, prop him up and unplug his guitar. ‘Prior commitments’, RIGHT?”
Large Father wrote: “No Dickey, No ABB. Sad money grab. They won’t even come close to selling out the garden.
Deadman wrote: “Dickey Betts is a pain in the ass. I’m sure his schedule is just filled up. I loved the ABB when he was in the band, but didn’t miss him when he got kicked out. He held the band back. It would have been the same old set list every night, every year.”
Puinsai Bigin wrote: “The Allman Brothers band never had another hit after Dickie (sic) Betts left the band. It was Betts who guided the band through their most successful period, and kept the band together after the deaths of Allman, and Oakley.”
Mbass718 wrote: “. . . as far as Dickie (sic) goes. . . he really should be there since he deserves to be honored. . .but if not oh well. I love how folks are so quick to call everything a money grab. How about just being happy that there’s gonna be a great celebration of one of the greatest American band’s that we’ve ever had. . . if not the greatest! The list of people who will likely show up will undoubtedly be insanely great considering all the greats who are still alive and kicking.. and sat in with them at the Beacon runs along with the cats who played in the band over the course of 50 years. Whether it sells out or not. . . MSG is by far the most fitting place to have the celebration. The Beacon would be too small and likely a helluva lot more money for Tix.”
Incidental Incident wrote: “Everyone has an opinion on this but how can this be viewed as anything but a money grab? Dickey certainly must be there — even if he can’t play anymore — so if the date they chose truly doesn’t align with his prior commitments, find another mutually compatible date. Everyone has a favorite period of the band but there’s no denying Dickey wrote all of the best tunes, many of which weren’t played in the post Dickey era when Derek and Warren arguably formed the best guitar duo since Duane and Dickey. . . so why are they doing this gig now? It’s a great idea to celebrate the ABB legacy, true! So why no celebrate the many eras/personnel of the band, even those before Derek (then Warren rejoined) joined the band too? Maybe logistically more difficult but then you would truly have a real celebration of ‘the Brothers!’ Otherwise it’s a celebration of a Gov’t Mule style cover band.”
The Truth wrote: “When is the last time Dickey effectively played guitar? Pretty sure he may be physically unable to. This show will sell out easily.”
We want Dickey wrote: “Dickey should be there even though he is unable to play anymore. . . maybe sing a few? He is obviously a huge part of the last 50…unsure of my attendance but would be surprised if it’s not a sellout.”
- The Allman Brothers Band performed its final show on October 28th, 2014 at New York’s Beacon Theatre.
- Gregg Allman died in his sleep on May 27th, 2017 at his home in Savannah, Georgia. Allman, who was 69, had long been at the mercy of his health issues, especially after receiving a liver transplant in 2010.
- The band’s co-founding drummer Butch Trucks committed suicide on January 24th, 2016 in his West Palm Beach, Florida home at age 69.
- Dickey Betts, who is best known for his timeless contributions including “Blue Sky,” “In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed,” “Ramblin’ Man,” and the instrumental “Jessica,” was forced out of the Allmans back in 2000.