Allman Brothers Band Announce Final Concerts

UPDATE 7/8 8 a.m. PT: Tickets for the final Allman Brothers Band shows, which take place at the Beacon Theatre in NYC on October 27 & 28, go on sale to the public Friday, July 11 at 10 a.m. ET via Ticketmaster. Those who have American Express cards can participate in a pre-order that just started and is set to run through Thursday, July 10 at 10 p.m.

Back in March The Allman Brothers Band's Beacon run came to an unfortunate end, when Gregg Allman's bout of bronchitis forced the group to reschedule the final four shows of their residency at the NYC theater. Today, the Allmans have announced the new dates for the four shows that needed to be rescheduled and have also added two additional performances. A press release states that these shows will be the last for the Allman Brothers Band as apparently the band will not continue on after the departures of guitarists Derek Trucks and Warren Haynes.

The rescheduled dates for four shows at New York City’s Beacon Theatre that were postponed in March will be Tuesday, October 21, Wednesday, October 22, Friday, October 24 and Saturday, October 25. Tickets purchased for those sold-out shows (originally set for 3/25, 26, 28 & 29) will be honored on these dates for the corresponding days of the original shows. Ticketholders unable to attend the rescheduled shows can return tickets for a refund at the point of purchase prior to August 1.

The Allmans will also play the Beacon on October 27 and 28, which will be the group's final performances since forming in 1969. On-sale information for the new shows will be announced soon. In recent interviews both Haynes and Trucks have made it clear that not only are they absolutely sure that 2014 would be it for them as members of the Allman Brothers, but that they hoped the founding members would respect the legacy of the band by calling it a career for the Allman Brothers Band at the end of 2014. In an interview published on Friday, Derek shared the following with the Las Vegas Sun:

I’ve been thinking about this for, really, six or seven years, so I think I’ve gone through all those stages. I really tried to wind it down at the 40th anniversary, and even about the time I started this new band, when I put my band (The Derek Trucks Band) on hold, starting something new, really my idea was to also step away from The Allman Brothers at the same time. I’ve had this feeling for a long time — I just feel like the history and the legacy and the story of this band is so unique and powerful, I would love to see it go out on top and control its own destiny and not let it do what a lot of other bands do, which is keep hammering it way pass the shelf life. Up to this point, I don’t think we have. There’s been ups and downs, but the music we made at this last Beacon run was pretty magical. There were a few nights it was as good as any that this version of the band has ever had. But I don’t want to see it do what a lot of athletes do. You don’t want to see it go those extra two fights. So, in some way, I’ve been trying to push that along. But you can only do so much. At a certain point, that’s all you can do is step away. So that was my idea at 45. Really, the reason why I did the 42nd, 43rd, 44th year, was that so we could all go out together at 45. That was the idea, like, all right let’s make it to this milestone and let’s put the legacy up where it needs to be. I think as that date started approaching, not everyone dealt with the agreement the same way. And I get it. It feels a lot different from different perspectives and different points in your career. For me, it’s been an absolute. They knew I was leaving after 45, and when word leaked, that’s when I had to throw out a statement, and of course, I told Warren because his thing all along is, the two of us need to go out at the same time. So that’s what ended up happening. Now what happens going forward? Your guess is as good as mine. I’ve learned that with this thing, nothing is surprising.

We'll see what happens, but for now it sure looks like the group will honor Derek and Warren's wishes to bring the ABB's long career to an end this fall.

Here's a look at the remaining Allman Brothers Band shows:

Sun 6/8 Hunter Mountain, NY Mountain Jam
Thu-Sun 8/14-17 Scranton, PA Peach Fest
Sun 9/7 Arrington, VA Lockn’ Music Fest
Tues 10/21 New York, NY Beacon Theatre (tickets for March 25 honored)
Weds 10/22 New York, NY Beacon Theatre (tickets for March 26 honored)
Fri 10/24 New York, NY Beacon Theatre (tickets for March 28 honored)
Sat 10/25 New York, NY Beacon Theatre (tickets for March 29 honored)
Mon 10/27 New York, NY Beacon Theatre
Tues 10/28 New York, NY Beacon Theatre

[Published on: 7/8/14]

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