Allmans To Blow it out in '09 A Talk with Warren Haynes

By: Martin Halo

Editor's Note: JamBase contributor Martin Halo recently sat down with Warren Haynes for an interview that was featured on his own Marty was kind enough to share the news with us:

Haynes & Allman by Jay Blakesberg
In an interview on Tuesday, December 2, Warren Haynes responded to direct questions pertaining to his possible role in the 2009 Dead Reunion and the fluffy hearsay speculation that the Allman Brothers Band will be announcing an official retirement within the next 18 months.

"There has been no talk of us retiring," clarifies Haynes. "What we are planning on having is a big blow out for the 40th Anniversary, which is next year, and the Beacon Theatre shows are going to be completely off the hook. We are planning on having more special guests than we ever had before, and the rest of the year is going to be filled with more touring than the Allman Brothers have done in a long time. It is all going to be in celebration of our 40th. We are definitely planning a big bash."

This comes a day before Gregg Allman stated in an interview, "I feel like I'm 30-years-old again."

It's a gift bag of comments for Allman Brothers fans, who praise this lineup of Allman, Trucks and Haynes as arguably the finest exhale of musicianship on a single stage right now. But, if the retirement speculation has any truth to it, Haynes attributes it as being misunderstood. According to Haynes, anything remotely resembling a string of dates after the 40th Anniversary tour legs would look like a pull back on the reigns.

"After the 40th, I don't think we plan on touring as much, but rumors of a retirement are just that - rumors," Haynes continues. But the speculation of an Allmans retirement will likely grow for Warren Haynes over the course of the next year. After winning a Jammy for his set with Bob Weir at the 2007 Bonnaroo Music Festival (accompanied by a co-headlining summer tour), and a previous stint in The Dead after the passing of Jerry Garcia, rumors again moisten about The Dead returning to the road in 2009 with Haynes as lead guitarist.

With no official announcement from The Dead camp as to whether or not there will be a reunion run after the Barack Obama support gigs back in October (read the review here), Haynes offers this comment when asked if he had been approached about joining the fold: "I have only heard rumors up to now," he responds with a pause. "We still don't know if it is going to happen. But boy, would I love to see it!"

[Published on: 12/5/08]

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SCIcane starstarstarstarstar Fri 12/5/2008 11:50AM
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"Allmans To Blow it out in '09"

-hope they leave the fan on...

PHISHPHAN69 starstarstarstarstar Fri 12/5/2008 11:56AM
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HELL YES! beacon theater will be awesome as usual but i cant wait to see what special guests will show. as for the retirement issue i hope its not true but i do understand that gregg is getting up there. i wont be surprised if it does happen after their 40th

Greatwaves Fri 12/5/2008 12:00PM
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man thats gonna be a sad day, ive been catching Allmans every summer i can since i was 14 they epitomize the summer for me, illblow it out with them... just because they are done doesnt mean that Greg and others wont still play music, hes got his solo thing, Derek and Warren are always buisy......

GeorgieP starstarstarstarstar Fri 12/5/2008 12:04PM
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I'm salivating like Wile E. Coyote right now, thinking about that Beacon Run next year. 2009 will be one for the books.

Dire46daysWolf Fri 12/5/2008 12:13PM
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This is really sad to read. However, The Allman Brothers are going out with respect. 40 years of making amazing music (minus the two years off after '76 and the four years between '82 and '89)and still planning to do an extensive tour in '09, is the perfect way to leave a mark in their career. The crazy thing is who else would play lead for the dead but Warren? I was lucky enough to catch them back in October this year and it really was life changing. Cant wait to hear that final show with all the "Friends". It's going to be up there with The Last Waltz for sure. This was a great article thanks JB!

Road To Shambala Fri 12/5/2008 12:17PM
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Road To Shambala

Beacon Bound BITCHES!!!

bonnaroo2 starstarstarstar Fri 12/5/2008 12:25PM
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2 words DICKEY BETTS he better be there!

bonnaroo2 Fri 12/5/2008 12:26PM
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dickey betts

Ter starstarstarstarstar Fri 12/5/2008 12:28PM
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ROCKIN NEWS!! I think Warren should tour with the Allmans and Kimock or Herring should go with the dead in 09'... things are looking bright - i got to wear shades!

pornofunk starstarstarstarstar Fri 12/5/2008 12:32PM
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good news, my friday is already lookin that much better

allthink Fri 12/5/2008 12:34PM
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I just hope I can see this.

rainydayman Fri 12/5/2008 12:36PM
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Did Dire46daysWolf read a different article than the one I read? What "final show?"

r0llingst0ned starstarstarstarstar Fri 12/5/2008 12:39PM
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So many rumors. The main one I heard is Haynes and Herring for Dead tour. Now the Allman Bros. are my favorite band, but the Dead with Warren and Jimmy... Jesus God Almighty!!

vida421 Fri 12/5/2008 12:46PM
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dickey's all done...get over it! sorry, but i was at openning night front trow right in front of dickey for the 30th at the beacon...what a prick...the only one who he didn't s on was gregg...all his band mates and even the sound man got s at some point that night...

canoftunapudding Fri 12/5/2008 12:50PM
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If you read the article it says that they are NOT retiring.

gotti3 Fri 12/5/2008 12:54PM
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I'm of course a huge dead fan but would much rather Warren stick with the Bros. They have not had this kind of fire since the original line up. I can not say the same about the dead. Lets keep Warren with the Bros and Jimmy with Panic. This is what I believe is the evolution of music.

GeorgieP Fri 12/5/2008 01:03PM
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Gotta agree with gotti3. I saw the Allmans at PNC in Jersey back in August and they really brought it. During the quote-unquote "set break," Derek and Oteil just said the hell with it and jammed out until Warren, and then the rest of the guys came back out. It was raining cats and dogs, people were sliding around in the mud. I was grinning like a Cheshire cat from start to finish.

Broesau Fri 12/5/2008 01:06PM
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oooh, rumours are moistening....I like the sound of that

PickinKind Fri 12/5/2008 01:20PM
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goodB3rger13 Fri 12/5/2008 01:41PM
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Sounds awesome!! ABB is the shit!!

Kimock for The Dead '09!!!!

rider11 starstarstarstarstar Fri 12/5/2008 01:50PM
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Allman is ageless, they seriously get better all the time. The more the better. I will be freakin at the Beacon!!

n-1 starstarstarstarstar Fri 12/5/2008 01:59PM
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im on the dickey betts train

BehindTheMule starstarstarstarstar Fri 12/5/2008 02:00PM
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Nice interview! Gotta love Warren! I wish Arkansas was just a bit closer to the Beacon!! I hate that I will miss such a monumental show! We've seen the Allman Bros 3 times so far (4 after Christmas Jam) and they never fail to impress! I met Warren, Oteil, Greg, and Jaimoe (Butch wouldn't talk to me and Marc and Derek were nowhere around) after the show in Tunica. Everyone was exceptionally nice!

BehindTheMule Fri 12/5/2008 02:08PM
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I meant 3 times in the last 3 months :)

philhitz Fri 12/5/2008 02:11PM
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count me in!!! :)

jdub104 Fri 12/5/2008 02:26PM
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when was the last time they came out west?

discocham Fri 12/5/2008 02:47PM
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Bring it on...its been a couple years since I have seen ABB...09 is gonna be fun. I want a good afternoon set at Rothbury!

crazynate Fri 12/5/2008 02:47PM
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I don't think that Warren or Jimmy are going to tour with the Dead if they do tour. I say this because it sounds like Warren is pretty loaded down with ABB and Mule and in an interview of Sunny from Panic it does not sound like Panic is really taking a break next year besides not doing a spring tour.

EricTW83 Fri 12/5/2008 04:43PM
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Slightly off subject but...Kimock should tour with the Dead if it happens.

adventuresinperception starstarstarstarstar Fri 12/5/2008 04:43PM
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i know he has to patch things up w bobby, but how about KIMOCK AS JERRY IN 2009!!!

Mr. Brojangles starstarstarstarstar Fri 12/5/2008 04:50PM
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Great bands like this should never retire, but only take hiati (and change line-ups). Retire when your dead. Looking forward to a big Wanee Fest 2009 blow-out bash! And hell yes, it would be nice to see Dickey get back in on the fold some, cause he's awesome and so is his band. On a side note, in my very humble opinion, I'd love to see Mike Kang go on the road with The Dead and rip some Jerry-style electric mando!

bubbarock starstarstarstarstar Fri 12/5/2008 05:50PM
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Dickey Betts

OaksterDan Fri 12/5/2008 08:35PM
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Kimock toured with Bobby and Ratdog all last year while Mark Karan was sick. I doubt he needs to patch anything up with Bobby. Derek Trucks saved the Allmans from fading away. The Allmans 2003 & 2004 beacon runs were comparable to Duane Allman days!

desert_drifter Sat 12/6/2008 08:25AM
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"On a side note, in my very humble opinion, I'd love to see Mike Kang go on the road with The Dead and rip some Jerry-style electric mando!" - go to particle 12/26 at the great american in sf! kang is playing with particle and phil is opening with a solo set! the day after christmas will rock! then onto phil/ratdog for nye.

but back on topic, i saw the allmans open for the dead at the gorge on 7/3/04. warren ripped it up for hours playing with both bands. derrek set in for love light and tore up the slide guitar....what i'm saying is warren should do both and abb and the dead should tour together. herring could play with the dead too, or just warren and derrek.

Marcsmall Sat 12/6/2008 10:19AM
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The Allman Bros are not The Allman Bros without Dickey Betts.

Thugin it and lovin it Sat 12/6/2008 10:33AM
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when can i expect to see the allmans release tour dates

DELYEAH starstarstarstarstar Sat 12/6/2008 11:47AM
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I can't wait for Christmas Jam Friday night! Allman Bros will be capping off an unreal night!! We'll get a double dose of Trucks and multi-dose of Warren with 2 bands and crazy appearances throughout. Plus Del and the Boys and Dumpstaphunk! Only 6 more days till the heat!

brooklynite84 Sat 12/6/2008 12:40PM
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Even though this is an Allman Bros article, i have to comment on those who think Kimock would be great for the Dead next year. I'm sorry, but did any of you fools see the Rhythm Devils, it was a sham! I am a huge Deadhead and look forward to the Dead getting back together, we all know Jimmy was great, but let him do his thing. And the rumors of Warren playing both with the Dead and Allmans would be great, but I don't see it happening. I would love for Mark Karan to step up and wail it out with the Dead, he's so underated and can definitely jam the good ol Dead tunes with a lot of Heart and Sincerity

King Rhino starstarstarstarstar Sat 12/6/2008 12:51PM
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You can stop worrying about Dickey Betts being at the Beacon Shows. He already has a Midwest tour booked during that time.

Tony8 starstarstarstarstar Sun 12/7/2008 09:16AM
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Sure, we all love to get as close to original lineups as possible, but this current ABB lineup is awesome! And I am still hoping that during Panic's "Spring Break" that Jimmy will be on board with The Dead!!

adkflan starstarstarstar Sun 12/7/2008 10:51AM
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if the dead needs a lead singer thats easy jackie green .........jackie green

tron420 star Sun 12/7/2008 03:27PM
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Big deal! Warren is a boring guitarist and the Allman's haven't been the Allmans in years. They should have changed the name of the band, but i guess that wouldn't be as profitable. It may be time to just move on boys.

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Conjugal Burning

yo brooklynite84, i dont know what rhythm devils show you saw, but i wouldn't put 'sham" anywhere near the set I saw at the Roth. Kimock owns! He was taught by Jerry himself, and if you close your eyes in the middle of a jam you can hear the spirit lingering all over his notes. It is spooky and wonderful.

doglog Sun 12/7/2008 05:01PM
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Would it be to much to ask for some ABB shows at the Greek in Berkeley this summer?? Please!!!

BlowsAgainsttheEmpire star Mon 12/8/2008 08:48AM
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too bad they arent just rumours. time to close it down. no new music and minimal rehearsals make for a touring entity for money only and not for creativity. old and tired.

warren playing like he doesnt know anything about the dead tour = contract privacy clause most likely. yawn. more old and tired.

snicklefritz Mon 12/8/2008 09:41AM
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zeus283 Mon 12/8/2008 10:03AM
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If you want to read the stupidest comment in the history of man. Read Snicklefritz's comment. This guy might be the dumbest human, i'll take it further; primate on the entire planet!

CaptainTrips101 Mon 12/8/2008 12:39PM
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Yea that snicklefritz dude is a retard but I would have to say someone better could be playing with the dead in 09. Like maybe Mr. Steve Kimock! He can jam jerrys riffs better than anyone iive hear. But Haynes is the shit and he will do a good job. GO KIMOCK!

lsamuel3 Mon 12/8/2008 08:34PM
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although i love haynes' role in the allmans, i feel his wrong for the dead, not nearly inventive enough on the guitar a discussion of all things music

snicklefritz Tue 12/9/2008 10:05AM
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Thank god these folks are here to judge my intelligence,…. by the way……, just so I know……. what constitutes intelligence in your very humble opinion? I guess providing an educated opinion about a terrible guitarist puts you on the firing line for idiots to rail you. Duly noted, I will remember next time to try and avoid hurting anyone’s delicate sensibilities. He still sux!!

mgizmo Tue 12/9/2008 07:37PM
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Warren Haynes is very predictable as a guitar player. Not Dead material, sorry. Allmanns are better off without Dickey Betts regardless of his history w/ the band. Obviously he cared more about getting wasted than making music and thats a real shame.

BlowsAgainsttheEmpire Thu 12/11/2008 10:22AM
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Actually the real reason(s) are personality clashes with other original and Dickeys hearing and hand problems, not alcohol or substance abuse that was played out in the media in 2000?

gregboyer Thu 12/11/2008 05:37PM
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snicklefritz and tron420 are gay lovers (not that there's anything wrong with that)

Basho starstarstar Fri 12/12/2008 02:34PM
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Hey folks, need I remind you that personal attacks are against the rules on this thing? That includes attacks on Warren Haynes, though I am in fact not a big fan. Hearing that he was the main choice for the tour disappointed me, but I have to support the boys in whatever decision they make. Having seen Warren over a dozen times with Phil, I'd say that he was shown up on Jer's material by Herring nearly every time, but that he sang "Sugaree" like a bourbon-soaked angel. My suggestion: Warren for vocals, Barry Sless for Jer's leads.

eskay231 Fri 12/12/2008 03:22PM
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love the ABB, the current lineup is excellent. as far as the guitar spot for the dead, kimock is not the guy, he's a between songs noodler and can't really rock n roll. time to hand the reigns over to scott murawski of the legendary northeastern band, max creek. he's also playing with the billy kruetzmann trio and he would be ideal with the dead.

cavemandan Fri 12/12/2008 03:31PM
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i'm trying to remember what songs warren wrote?...anybody?... i see him as a guy who tags on to other peoples success due to a loss of one of their band members....anybody else feel this?.. he is ok as guitarist...nothing spectacular...but ok

BlowsAgainsttheEmpire Tue 12/16/2008 12:02PM
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I predict a european tour.

EnlightenedRogue Thu 12/18/2008 09:53PM
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Warren is as good a guitar as almost any. His creative input is not good though. I first saw gov't mule 13 years ago and have seen them 3 times since. They still don't have a good original song. I appreciate Warren's contribution to the ABB all these years.

Derek is the heart and soul of the ABB. Even if Dickie has lost a lot of his chops, any band that has Derek is not lacking in guitar talent. I would like to see Dickie replace Warren. The band would be more fun--and varied. Dickie is a beloved figure who needs a little humility. Every guitarist should feel humble in Derek's presence.

docsarvis Sun 1/4/2009 04:03PM
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So, w/ Warren "Playin' In The Band" starting on 4/12 in Greeensboro does that mean : A. The Dead will be in Live Oak, FL for Wanee Fest the weekend of 4/10,11 then Haynes hits the road? or 2. Dickey will be in F-L-A fpr the 40th anniversary tour sans Warren? things that make you go Hummm....

either way I'm bound for both...

peachhead86 Fri 1/16/2009 07:01PM
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ever since i can remember the brothers have been at the top of my list. i have studied this band since i first heard them. no one else can create the magic and intensity like they have for 40yrs! having said this i look at sum of these so-called "fans" of the brothers and i am appauled of wat i read! i am so sick of hearing about dickey! dickey is out for good reasons and a lot of them! anybody who wants dickey back and thinks dickey is better than haynes and/or trucks is NOT a true fan of the brothers and they r dead wrong!!

Angelemerald starstarstarstarstar Wed 1/21/2009 06:15PM
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Warren Haynes has written about 160-170 songs on his own and with a list of luminaries. He is one of the best song writers this country has. You can surly go and listen to Evanescence and Linkin Park and Three Days Grace, and I do, I do, but their writing is no where in the league of Haynes' writing. He's up there with the greats. Why even a guy named Robert Hunter has lyrics to music Warren Haynes wrote. Don't show your ignorance about song writing when you talk about Warren Haynes. Got that Caveman?

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Warren is the man.