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]