Last night a bevy of musical all-stars came together to honor Gregg Allman at the
Fox Theater in Atlanta, GA. The lengthy, four-hour show featured performances from those
you'd expect at an event like this (Widespread Panic, Taj Mahal and Gregg's Allman
Brothers Band mates) as well as a few you wouldn't (Trace Adkins, Pat Monahan of Train).
The assembled cast performed songs best associated with Gregg including tunes from his
solo career and time with the Allman Brothers Band.
[Poster by Brad Vetter via Samn Tuck]
While there were a few bands on the bill (Allmans, Widespread Panic) many of the musicians
were backed by a house band led by bassist and famed producer Don Was. Don was joined by
one-time Allmans keyboardist Chuck Leavell and guitarist Jack Pearson, Foo Fighters
keyboardist Rami Jaffee, a horn section, backup singers and John Fogerty drummer Kenny
Aronoff to form the house band. Warren Haynes, who told Access Atlanta there's no bad
blood between him and Allman despite his decision to leave the ABB, kicked off last
night's show with versions of "Come & Go Blues" and "End Of The Line." Haynes was
by his fellow soon-to-be former member of the Allmans, Derek Trucks, for the latter tune.
Trucks and his wife Susan Tedeschi then offered "Stand Back." Gregg's son Devon teamed
with Robert Randolph and Jimmy Hall for the "Can't Lose What You Never Had" that followed.
Atlanta City Council member Kwanza Hall was among those honoring Gregg with various
commendations and awards during a brief award ceremony. The tribute continued with Sam
Moore's "Please Call Home," Keb Mo's "Just Another Rider,"
Brantley Gilbert's "Just Before The Bullets Fly" and Dr. John's "Let This Be A Lesson To
Ya." Train front man Pat Monahan fronted the house band for "Queen of Hearts" before John
Hiatt came out on "One Way Out." Eleven songs into the show Gregg Allman made his first
appearance, when he collaborated with Taj Mahal on "Statesboro Blues." Widespread Panic's
contribution to evening was "Just Ain't Easy" and a version of "Wasted Words" that also
featured Derek Trucks. Trace Adkins led the house band through "I'm No Angel" and "Trouble
No More." The country singer portion of the tribute continued with Vince Gill's "Multi-
Colored Lady," Martina McBride's "All My Friends" and "Can You Fool" and Eric Church's
"Ain't Wastin' Time No More" and "Win, Lose or Draw."
Allman returned to the stage to accompany Jackson Browne on "These Days" and "Melissa."
Gregg stuck around for a swampy "Midnight Rider" featuring Zac Brown and Vince Gill. The
Allman Brothers Band then came out for "Dreams" and "Whipping Post" before all of the
musicians teamed up on "Will The Circle Be Unbroken."
Head to PanicStream to listen to an audience recording of Widespread Panic's pair of
Watch fan-shot footage by Mike Ferrara of "Midnight Rider":
AXS TV will air a special culled from last night's tribute on May 11.
Here's the setlist from last night's tribute:
“Come & Go Blues” – Warren Haynes
“End of the Line” – Warren
Haynes and Derek Trucks
“Stand Back” – Susan Tedeschi and Derek
“Can’t Lose What You Never Had” – Devon Allman, Jimmy Hall and
“Please Call Home” – Sam Moore
Another Rider” – Keb’ Mo’
“Just Before the Bullets Fly” – Brantley
“Let This Be a Lesson To Ya” – Dr. John
“Queen of Hearts” – Pat Monahan
“One Way Out” – John Hiatt
“Statesboro Blues” – Taj Mahal and Gregg Allman
Ain’t Easy” - Widespread Panic
“Wasted Words” – Widespread Panic and
“I’m No Angel” – Trace Adkins
No More” – Trace Adkins
“Multi-Colored Lady” – Vince Gill
“All My Friends” – Martina McBride
“Can You Fool” – Pat Monahan
and Martina McBride
“Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More” – Eric Church
“Win, Lose or Draw” – Eric Church
“These Days” –
Jackson Browne and Gregg Allman
“Melissa” – Jackson Browne and Gregg
“Midnight Rider” – Vince Gill, Zac Brown and Gregg Allman
“Dreams” – The Allman Brothers Band
“Whipping Post” – The
Allman Brothers Band
“Let the Circle Be Unbroken” – Full cast
[via Access Atlanta]