Gregg Says Allman Brothers To Continue With Derek Replacement

Back in January Gregg Allman shared with Relix that the Allman Brothers Band would be finished at the end of 2014 after guitarists Derek Trucks and Warren Haynes left the group. However, Gregg is singing a different tune in a new interview with Radio.com.

Gregg, who returns to the stage tonight at the Wanee Festival for his first show with the Allman Brothers Band since bronchitis forced him to miss two Beacon performances and the band to postpone the final four gigs of the run, told Radio.com “As for the rumor of the brothers breaking up after 45 years, in other words, after this year, that is a rumor. We are not breaking up. We are replacing Derek Trucks.” Of course the "rumor" came straight from Gregg's lips.

What's interesting is that Gregg's thoughts include no word about replacing Warren Haynes, who's also leaving the band at the end of the year. Are they thinking of continuing on with one guitarist as they did after Duane Allman died in 1971? With no official statement from the band since Warren and Derek announced their departures we still don't know for sure. When pushed for details about Derek's replacement, Gregg responded “I ain’t gonna let you in on all of it, brother! You wanna try out?”

Drummer Butch Trucks also looks to be in favor of soldiering on without Derek and Warren. "As soon as the two of them made the announcement then Gregg said, 'Okay, then this is the end of the line for The Allman Brothers,' which he really doesn't have the power to do but whatever," Butch told the Miami New Times. We'll see what happens, but we're sure this isn't the end of big quotes from the members of the Allman Brothers Band.

[via Radio.com / Hat Tip - Jambands.com]

[Published on: 4/11/14]

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