Allman Brothers Return

GREGG RETURNS TO HEALTH
BLUES-ROCK-JAZZ JUGGERNAUT RELAUNCHES

ABB by Dino Perucci
The Allman Brothers Band will make their triumphant return to the concert stage this summer, with two dozen shows from August 12 through October 11. On the first leg of dates, the group will share the stage with Bob Weir & RatDog, and Phil Lesh & Friends will be on board for the second leg.

The August 12 show in Bethel, NY will mark the first group performance since last September's featured guest spot at Farm Aid (9/9/07), which followed a Piedmont Park appearance in Atlanta (9/8/07) with the Dave Matthews Band. Late last year after the group's summer tour, group co-founder, keyboardist and singer Gregg Allman underwent treatment for Hepatitis C. Allman battled through two months of debilitating Interferon treatments but has made a complete recovery and is now disease-free.

"I feel great, man," says Allman. "The treatment really kicks you in the ass but I came out stronger. I'm ready to play." Due to the side effects of the aggressive Interferon treatment, the group had to postpone their annual run of dates at the Beacon Theatre in New York City as well as performances at Bonnaroo and their own Wanee Festival in Florida.

"I've known about having the disease for a long time, but was never a candidate for treatment until last year," continues Allman. "When my doctor told me to go for the Interferon, I knew it would be a battle, but I'm great now."

Side effects from Interferon treatment include flu-like symptoms and chronic fatigue. "I just didn't have the energy to play," says the keyboardist-singer. "And we're a band that puts on two-hour shows that change every single night. You gotta be at full capacity to do that. And now I am."

Tour Dates
Tue - 8/12 - Bethel, NY - Bethel Woods Center - with RatDog
Wed - 8/13 - Wantagh, NY - Nikon at Jones Beach Theater - with RatDog
Fri - 8/15 - Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center - with RatDog
Sat - 8/16 - Mansfield, MA - Tweeter Center - with RatDog
Tue - 8/19 - Saratoga Springs, NY - Saratoga Performing Arts Center - with RatDog
Wed - 8/20 - Hartford, CT - New England Dodge Music Center - with RatDog
Fri - 8/22 - Canandaigua, NY - Constellation Brands PAC - with RatDog
Sat - 8/23 - Camden, NJ - Susquehanna Bank Center - with RatDog
Mon - 8/25 - Hershey, PA - Hershey Park Pavilion - with RatDog
Wed - 8/27 - Clarkston, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre - with RatDog
Thu - 8/28 - Chicago, IL - Charter One Pavilion - with RatDog
Sat - 8/30 - Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre - with RatDog
Fri - 9/26 - Fayetteville, AR - Bikes Blues and BBQ Festival
Sat - 9/27 - Robinsonville, MS - Horseshoe Casino - an evening with
Tue - 9/30 - Columbia, MD - Merriweather Post Pavilion - with Phil & Friends
Tue - 10/7 - Pelham, AL - Verizon Wireless Music Center - with Phil & Friends
Wed - 10/8 - Orange Beach, AL - The Amph at The Wharf - with Phil & Friends
Fri - 10/10 Atlanta, GA - Chastain Park Amphitheatre - an evening with
Sat - 10/11 Atlanta, GA - Chastain Park Amphitheatre - an evening with


Here's the boys tearing up "Statesboro Blues" at the Beacon in 2003


http://www.allmanbrothersband.com/

[Published on: 7/26/08]

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Comments

maze920 Sat 7/26/2008 06:45AM
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maze920

Everybody I know is excited about the Oct. 7 show in B'ham. Allman Brothers and Phil and Friends what a way to come back from a bout of sickness. We really appreciate it as not to many great shows happen in Alabama.

BlowsAgainsttheEmpire Sat 7/26/2008 06:56AM
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BlowsAgainsttheEmpire

i assume that theyll be rehearsing 5 days from aug 3-7 in atlanta. i guess we'll truly see after those rehearsals if gregg is really well enough to go on.

october 1,3,&4th virginia, raleigh, charlotte.

dreadyknowsbest starstarstarstarstar Sat 7/26/2008 07:03AM
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phalluscooper Sat 7/26/2008 07:10AM
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phalluscooper

Wow dready...you don't know Dickey Betts. (Perhaps he's worse than Hep C) I like Dickey but I certainly don't miss him considering who filled his shoes. Regardless I am eager to see these guys bring the heat at Red Rocks next month...well worth the travel!

shonuff starstarstarstarstar Sat 7/26/2008 07:39AM
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teh album "beginnings" changed my life, and I hope the youngins take full advantage of this come back. Northerly Island is a great place to see a show

Muffinman1 Sat 7/26/2008 07:55AM
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Muffinman1

Yeah dready, don't mean to sound like a new schooler , but Warren and Derek are way more talented than Dickey.

jammasterjustin Sat 7/26/2008 08:34AM
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ill be at spac and canandaigua

gregboyer starstarstarstar Sat 7/26/2008 08:38AM
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Dickey Betts was and is a great player who brought great songs to the table. I miss Blue Sky especially. Warren and Derek bring a different style that is hard to compare. It's like trying to compare Pigpen and Brent Mydland-era Dead. To say Gregg is a "little bitch" for not putting up with Dickey's drunken antics any more is ridiculous. It was tolerated for 30 years, but unfortunately Dickey never gained control over his problems. Try touring with a raging a-hole and see how you like it. It's great to see them back but how about some Ohio shows?

newch Sat 7/26/2008 09:13AM
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newch

i remember nov 1996 i was going to see the bros in oxford. leading up to the show all i did was bitch that it wasn't the real allmans w/o duane and berry. holy shit was i wrong. it was and is to this day one of the finest shows i've ever seen. felt the same when woody passed, and dickey left(fired), i said that's not the real allmans, i'll never go see em again. then i was fortunate enough to see april 3rd at the beacon. damn i love to be wrong!

Flat5 Sat 7/26/2008 10:22AM
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Flat5

aww guys lay off dreadyknowsbest. he's just misses jerking his dick to blue sky and ramblin man. i love dickey too, but there would probably be no allman brothers at all if he was still around. ya ever think of that, dreadydontknowshit?

Jeff Kash Sat 7/26/2008 10:33AM
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Marcsmall Sat 7/26/2008 10:35AM
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Marcsmall

I just think if Dickey can forgive Gregg for ratting out a member of the family, Gregg should be able to deal with Dickey's issues as well.

gregboyer Sat 7/26/2008 10:49AM
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Yeah right, Warren is overrated and money-hungry. Get a f- ing lobotomy man. I just saw Mule for $5 in Columbus. I do beleive they could have charged more.

damnisaidso Sat 7/26/2008 10:51AM
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Warren Haynes overrated? Come on. He is one of the most talented guitarist/singers to date. If you ever get the chance to meet him he is one of the nicest people you will ever meet. Looking forward to B'ham Orange Beach and two nights in Atlanta. I don't think Phil is going to be at Orange Beach I think I heard someone say but it would be awesome.

bottlecap starstarstarstarstar Sat 7/26/2008 11:01AM
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bottlecap

Welcome-no humor allowed, get the hell outta here with that shite.

damnisaidso, According to the Wharf's website and everything else I've seen, Phil will definitely be in Orange Beach.

phalluscooper Sat 7/26/2008 11:04AM
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phalluscooper

Warren Haynes is the hardest working man in music PERIOD. Money hungry? I doubt it...obviously passionate for his craft.

ReeDiddy starstarstarstarstar Sat 7/26/2008 11:30AM
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ReeDiddy

YESSSSSSSSSS!!!! YESSSSSSSSSSSS! YESSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!! My life is good again!!!

BTW, I saw Dickey Betts a month ago at Summerfest. He may look like a mangy old coyote, but he can still rock it. And if he doesn't reconcile w/ Greg, that means there's another national touring act that plays Allman Brothers songs.

kaiserbun starstarstarstar Sat 7/26/2008 11:36AM
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the current lineup is great, i honestly go just to see derek these days. their wouldn't be an allman brothers band if not for dickey, he kept them together back in the 70s. i know he's had his problems over the past few years and probably shouldn't be in the band anymore, but its kind of ridiculous to be completely on gregg's side. his drinking problems affected the band 10 times worse than dickey's in the 90s. he should have been thrown out back then it was so bad. i remember him having to walk off stage for a number of shows. he left during the middle of whipping post one time and warren had to finish singing. i just wish the bickering over gregg and dickey would stop. it is what it is and the band sounds great right now. you can bash dickey all you want. sure he's not as good a guitar player as warren and derek, and has his share of problems, but don't forgot he was the driving force for the allmans after duane and berry died. the band wouldn't be here today if not for him. also, don't say warren haynes is overrated and money hungry. that might be the dumbest comment i've heard on here.

rainydaywomen420 starstarstarstarstar Sat 7/26/2008 12:31PM
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rainydaywomen420

i hope they tear it up in canandaigua, last time i saw the allmans i ended up getting arrested upon entering my campsite with a head full of acid after the show only to find cops at the gate checkin permits. Needless to say derek and warren are incredible together and it was a grate show, although if you ever find yourself at darien lake for a show dont camp at the state park, bad news.

bottlecap starstarstarstarstar Sat 7/26/2008 12:46PM
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bottlecap

welcome no humor, "It's a shame that Warren Haynes needs to be mentioned or pictured in every article, though.. he's overrated and money-hungry"

Ever heard of the Warren Haynes Xmas Jam. All procedes go to benefit Habitat for Humanity. What a greedy bastard!

intracoastalwaters Sat 7/26/2008 06:58PM
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intracoastalwaters

So now that Gregg is feeling better, will the Allman Brothers Band be back on for Wanee 2009?

fuckyou starstarstarstarstar Sun 7/27/2008 07:48AM
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if you wanna talk about dickey betts, all you have to say is In memory of elizabeth Reed. brilliant guitar player and song writer, but alas he was a crazy SOB too often drunk and violent. i love derek and warren, but do you really think they can play the songs he wrote better than he can?

sami420anne starstarstarstarstar Sun 7/27/2008 08:24AM
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sami420anne

im so glad, im so glad, im glad im glad im glad

!!!!!!!!

pgeano starstarstarstarstar Sun 7/27/2008 08:41AM
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glad glad glad. Really glad to have Greg back! The Allman Brothers Band was the first band I really loved; my introduction to this mistress rock and roll. I wish they'd make more trips down here to Albuquerque, but I'm really excited about Labor Day weekend! I get to see them with my other favorite band (Umphrey's McGee), plus The Mule and The Dog!

johnnygoff starstarstarstar Sun 7/27/2008 10:46AM
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johnnygoff

last time ABB and Ratdog were at Finger Lakes PAC (Canandaigua --- ironically, the site of my first show ever), a HUGE rainstorm began to fall and everyone in the lawn was getting soaked.

Bobby came on and urged security to open up the pavilion and allow us all under the roof to stay dry. Very, very cool indeed.

can't wait to see the boys again this summer in the beautiful Finger Lakes of New York.!

allthink Sun 7/27/2008 11:06AM
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allthink

redtube? anyone anyone?

nated789 Sun 7/27/2008 11:15AM
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they sound great no matter who's playing guitar. The rest of the band has always been top notch as well!!! And this is coming from a guitarist!

chefzim Sun 7/27/2008 12:40PM
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johnnygoff, that was sci/ratdog in 06 not abb/ratdog. abb last played flpac on 7/22/05. the only reason i remember is i got married the next day and that was my bachelor party. abb/ratdog was at darien lake last year. i am psyced to see them at cmac, much better venu imho.

Tpetty starstarstarstarstar Sun 7/27/2008 12:51PM
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Tpetty

Gonna be at opening night in bethel, then the next night in NYC...im so pumped....

doglog Sun 7/27/2008 01:30PM
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What will it take to get the Bros out to California some day?

jerryskid315 Sun 7/27/2008 03:24PM
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jerryskid315

Raleigh? Please!!!

cliftonhanger420 starstarstarstarstar Sun 7/27/2008 04:23PM
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Actually, I am going to see Warren Haynes/Mule on 7/29 in Buffalo for free. He is suck a money grubber making his show free. Dickey Betts had some drinking problems and got fired. Greg Allman has nodded out at the keys before, probably had the "horse" nods. Anyway, the Allman Brothers have been through many changes, being around 39 years and still truckin'. they are actually a young band for the age of the band. The Allman's Rock!

WidespreadPhanic Sun 7/27/2008 06:21PM
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Dickey wrote in memory, can't hate on trucks and haynes though.

I will say that haynes is awesome, a great guitarist, and definitely not a money grubber but i do agree his guitar playing is a bit overrated (OVERRATED not shitty, he's good but not "the most talented guitar player to date")

Sixmilliondollarman starstarstarstarstar Sun 7/27/2008 06:55PM
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Sixmilliondollarman

This is great news.....! Rock on boyz! On another note----Saw Billy Kreutzman trio this past weekend in NY and it was phenominal.

ChrisBace starstarstarstar Sun 7/27/2008 07:57PM
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ChrisBace

W.T.F. Jambase!?!? Way to put of a picture of Warren & DT when the majority of the article is about the man the BAND is NAMED after....... >:(

rneverve starstarstarstarstar Sun 7/27/2008 10:37PM
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I saw Warren at Navy Pier, and wouldn't miss the Allman Bros. for anything. I've had my tix for months, and I'm glad to hear Greg is doing good. Can't wait. I grew up on this stuff. Oh yea, Ratdog!! This is going to be a great night. Im so fired up!!!!

fizikstps Mon 7/28/2008 08:46AM
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anyone with them either night in atl? or does "an evening with..." just mean them only??

snappy Mon 7/28/2008 09:33AM
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snappy

"An evening with" means just the Allman Brothers Band.

Jukebox Hero Mon 7/28/2008 09:36AM
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Jukebox Hero

I won't comment on Dickey's drinking or if he should still be in the band, but anyone who attacks his playing is crazy. If it weren't for Dickey (and Barry as well) the Brothers would have been just another blues rock band (albeit with one of the best blues guitarists ever) and not the revolutionary blues-jazz band they came to be. Aside from Duane's playing, Dicky's compositions were what set the band apart. Les Brers? Liz Reed? Jessica? All Dicky songs.If you listen to interviews with Duane, he says that Dickey is the better guitarist of the two.

I think the Brothers current line-up is out of balance. It's like two Duanes and no Dickey. The shows when Dickey first left and was replaced by Jack Pearson and then Jinmmy Herring (both of whom have styles more similar to his), were fucking great. No offense to Warren, he definitely brought the band back in the 90's, but he tends to dominate whoever he plays with. Let's see some shows with Derek & Jimmy and let Warren concentrate on Mule, where he really shines and his dominating style is much more appropriate. Jimmy's way too good to be playing in Panic anyways.

mrknowitall starstarstarstarstar Mon 7/28/2008 09:37AM
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mrknowitall

The return of the kings!

This will be an electric tour!

There will not be many more, so get tickets and savor it. this will be my 20th show

see you at GREATWOODS!

MOERON10 Mon 7/28/2008 09:59AM
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WHY NO OREGON LOVE?EVER.

BlowsAgainsttheEmpire Mon 7/28/2008 01:07PM
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BlowsAgainsttheEmpire

Raleigh will most likely be Friday October 3rd.

Oregon and west coast will probably get theirs next year(40th). Phil and/or Ratdog owe the ABB some supporting dates on the west coast next year.

tb Mon 7/28/2008 07:42PM
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tb

by default one of the best bands around

androckguitar Mon 7/28/2008 11:43PM
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androckguitar

WTF? How come they aren't playing in CA?

Grateful Fred starstarstarstarstar Tue 7/29/2008 05:27AM
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Grateful Fred

Money hungry Warren Haynes is playing a free show in Lewiston, NY tonight! My understanding is that it's 2 sets too...So much for that idea.

johnnyad Tue 7/29/2008 07:55AM
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Are ABB ever coming back out to Cali?

phanatic2 starstarstarstarstar Tue 7/29/2008 08:27AM
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What kind of money hungry overrated member of the Allman brothers Puts together a yearly annual event to benefit people he does not even know every x-mas with X-mas Jam? I hope were not talking about the same warren haynes because maybe he would be skimming the pot that he gives to habitat for humanity every year. What a deuchebag

DaMule Tue 7/29/2008 12:14PM
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DaMule

Good to see Gregg is back. Of course this means the beacon run should be 2 months long to make up for this year!

BlowsAgainsttheEmpire Tue 7/29/2008 12:51PM
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BlowsAgainsttheEmpire

"FREE" shows arent free. bands generally *ARE* paid. the sponsors pay them. the only ones its free for are the people attending.

Grateful Fred Wed 7/30/2008 05:47AM
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Grateful Fred

I don't think anyone thought that the artists play for free...I do believe that Free Shows aren't as lucrative as shows that are not free...therefore, Warren probably loves music more than money...That's all I'm sayin'. By the way, pretty strong show last night. Heavy on the covers but solid.

gregboyer Wed 7/30/2008 08:40AM
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Hey Intracoastalwaters, ABB will definately be at the best fest ever(Wanee) next year barring any health issues. It was mentioned on their site when they had to cancel this year. I heard this year was still great but everything's better with ABB. Greedy Warren has two great DVDs with GMule that demonstrate how he rips us all off with over 5 hours on each at regular DVD prices:Tail Of Two Cities and The Deepest End-great stuff. Derek Trucks Songlines DVD is also excellent. Sorry to hear Dickey cancelled his Columbus show. Site said he broke his wrist-hmm. Anybody know how? Enjoy ABB while you can-who knows how long it will last. One of my brothers died from Hepatitis C when his liver went quickly downhill. Its a horrible disease. Best of luck to Gregg.

dedhed6111 starstarstarstarstar Wed 7/30/2008 01:36PM
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dedhed6111

I am overjoyed that the brothers are back, my annual trip to atlanta has been postponed for a bit not only because of gregg's health problems but also because they had been touring with lynyrd skynyrd and I do not enjoy shows with their fans. On the Dickey note, it should be mentioned that they no longer or rarely play Dickey's "compositions" such as liz reed. les brers was co-written by duane so it still gets its usage. blue sky is only rarely paired with "franklin's tower" and is used as a stage for oteil. while the last 2 times I saw the band perform Jessica was with Chuck Leavell on stage, and he has as much right to it as Dicky. I personally feel that the current lineup of the allman brothers is seconded only by the very original band with duane and barry oakley. Having said that, I also think that in the period right after Duane's death, Dickey Betts was probably the greatest guitarist on the planet, and when he was kicked out, I was a little angry and disillusioned, until i heard that new shit that is. you cannot go wrong with derek, oteil, and warren. Also, what's the deal with the Atlanta change to Chastain Ampitheatre. an evening with makes it sound more intimate, but i've never been there, and i wonder what the change of venue will be like. the road goes on forever

dallard81 Wed 7/30/2008 02:02PM
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dallard81

we need a west coast tour next! I haven't seen the Allman's in 7 years!!!!!

I'm dyin out here!

BlowsAgainsttheEmpire Wed 7/30/2008 06:49PM
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"I am overjoyed that the brothers are back, my annual trip to atlanta has been postponed for a bit not only because of gregg's health problems but also because they had been touring with lynyrd skynyrd and I do not enjoy shows with their fans."

FYI > the ABB has not toured with LS since 2004 & 2005 tours. But I agree with you. I skipped them altogether in 2004 because Lynyrd Skynrd was with them.

"On the Dickey note, it should be mentioned that they no longer or rarely play Dickey's "compositions" such as liz reed."

The ABB do in fact still play In Memory of Elizabeth Reed live onstage.

"les brers was co-written by duane so it still gets its usage."

I have never seen an album sleeve with Duane Allmans name listed as a writing credit with Les Brers in A Minor.

"blue sky is only rarely paired with "franklin's tower" and is used as a stage for oteil."

Blue Sky has not been performed live since 2004(before that it was last played May 2000 when DB was still around) and only a few times that year with Gregg Allman singing it.

PrinceofDANKNESS Wed 7/30/2008 09:31PM
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dedhed6111 I hate to point this out, because SUMMERTIME ripped you one, but you said " The period right after Duane died Dickey Betts was probably the greatest guitarist on the planet"

Well I would have to disagree with you - in my opinion and judging by your name there, the greatest guitarist on the planet was easily Jerry Garcia - I mean Duane, god rest his soul, died in late 71 - Jerry while on fire since the late 60's really hit his stride in early 72 - and as Peter Griffin would say - come on come on!

Jukebox Hero Thu 7/31/2008 06:51AM
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Jukebox Hero

When you get to the level of a Jerry or Dickey Betts or Pat Metheny or Clapton, how can you say who is better? I think at that level of genius you can only say who's style you prefer. I wouldn't scoff if you said unequivocally that jerry was a better guitar player than say Lenny Kravits, but once you get to the level of genius, I don't think it can be quantified. Just my opinion.

phanatic2 starstarstarstarstar Thu 7/31/2008 09:15AM
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Warren Haynes for President of jamband nation!

shroom013 Fri 8/1/2008 02:19PM
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FUCK YEAH CAN'T WAIT FOR RED ROCKS. ALSO THE START OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL

FOOTBALL, FRIENDS, MOUNTAINS, THE BEST MUSIC IN THE WORLD AND PARTY FAVORS

jammin2 Fri 8/1/2008 07:19PM
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Man this has got to be the first time in 22 years the Allmans havent played Walnut Creek Ampitheater in NC.I wish they would play somewhere in the state at least this year.NC loves the Allmans!

BlowsAgainsttheEmpire Sat 8/2/2008 04:09AM
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you should take out "played" and replace it with "yet scheduled".

friday october 3rd most likely.

redhed starstarstarstarstar Sun 8/3/2008 04:13AM
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redhed

great to see the ABB back and kickin' hope thye make it closer to the bluegrass next tour.

jerryskid315 Sun 8/3/2008 04:48AM
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jerryskid315

Strictly hearsay but I have heard 10/3 at Walnut Creek with Phil and Friends

Jeff Kash Sun 8/3/2008 03:44PM
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Jeff Kash

Warren Haynes SUCKS

chefzim Sun 8/3/2008 07:15PM
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At the Charlotte WSP shows there were signs announcing an upcoming show with ABB/Phil & Friends, so that will probably be in early Oct. around the time of the Atl. shows. I llok forward to the Bethel show, because I went to Wanee from western NY to see the Bros. but Greg wasn't able to play. I still had a great time, but I need my ABB fix. It will be almost a year since I saw them last at Darien Lake.

jammasterjustin starstarstarstar Sun 8/3/2008 08:10PM
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darien lake was ruined for me last year, by taking too much acid. won't be making that mistake at canandaigua- mushrooms only for me that night! but yeah, warren haynes greedy, i saw a free mule show in buffalo a few days ago, and boy what a show it was- mule, blind man in the dark, soulshine, little wing, bad little doggie. and if you think warren haynes sucks, like the person above me, you simply don't know anything.

chefzim Sun 8/3/2008 09:34PM
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Great show in Buffalo on Tues. I love Warren and as a former resident of Western Carolina have seen him routinely for the past 15 years. He may be overrated by some, but I say he always brings it.

BlowsAgainsttheEmpire Mon 8/4/2008 04:44AM
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BlowsAgainsttheEmpire

yeah i got a ride with a guy who had a yellow handbill with ABB & PL&F's on it. He had gotten it during the WSP over a week ago. No specific date listed. Following the ABB's pattern of Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday then the only open dates are 10/1, 3, & 4. If you look at VAB, Walnut Creek, & Charlottes sites then they all have Martina on some of those dates so there s only a few dates it could be at each of them. Plus go take a peek at Oteils myspace page dates and RELAX.

BlowsAgainsttheEmpire Tue 8/5/2008 08:46AM
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BlowsAgainsttheEmpire

ABB & PLF Raleigh 10/3 is now listed on Pollstar.com still not on TWC Pavilion site or ABB.com

http://www.pollstar.com/tour/searchall.pl?By=Artist&Content=ALLBRO&PSKey=Y

carpdog93 starstarstar Wed 8/6/2008 01:33PM
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All right, now that this story has evolved into a discussion on Dickey I would love to weigh in! This happens to be one of my most passionate subjects to discuss (especially after a few bourbons). I first saw ABB in 98 in Raleigh and Charlotte. I clearly remember a man in a cowboy hat leading the show and having more energy than anyone else out there. Dickey was the lead man, no denying it. Gregg would shuffle through the same lyric and same keyboard riff he has been doing for 3o years. Dickey would interject new music, new riffs and a stage presence. For those of us who prefer some bluesy/country Allmans, Dickey absolutely delivered. To replace him with Warren and Derek was a logical decision for the band. They are both uber-talented and have strong ties with the band. I admit that they are the main reason I go see the band now; watching the 2 trade licks is epic. However- they are not Dickey. They do not bring the same stage presence as one of the founding fathers of this band. He made them sound truer to their southern blues/country music roots. Warren and Derek are very jazzy, which is good, but it's just a different sound (not quite as Allmanesque).

Now, to address why the hell Gregg's sorry ass wasn't kicked out of this band multiple times over the years. He is Gregg ALLMAN, the namesake, THE founder, THE VOICE of the band. But he doesn't provide anything besides an awesome, unmistakable, legendary voice. Singing the same slow-ass, weak-ass version of Melissa as an encore that sends everyone running for their car. For this man to kick out Dickey Betts is the biggest hypocritical load of terds I have ever heard of. This man was a narc, who traded in his friends to save his own ass. That should have sealed the deal right there! Not to mention his own battles with drugs and alcohol that separated the band many times over the years. But they always came back.

That is all I ask. Bring him back. If not next year, then five years from now. But he made the band, let him ride it all the way out. I'm spent.

BlowsAgainsttheEmpire Thu 8/7/2008 03:55AM
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^ I hope that the ABB is NOT still touring in 5 years.

Its time for the younger musicians in the ABB to move on with their OWN music.

As far as bringing Dickey back? I think he suffers from hearing loss and arthritis or carpel tunnel. I'm not sure I'd want him back for those reasons. But as far as past contributions Dickey did have it and contributed more to the band than most of the other members of the band over the years.

Benblue32 starstarstar Thu 8/7/2008 01:08PM
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Don't care what anybody says; Warren is God as far as I'm concerned. If I could I'd keep a golden statue of him next to my amplifier and a framed photo on my amplifier. Dude can play any style. Just bought ticks for Red Rocks. It's on like Donkey Kong.

dirty_bird starstarstarstarstar Thu 8/7/2008 09:39PM
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ohh man..the allman bros. ratdog and phil lesh!?!? and there not playin anywhere close to me )=