Derek Trucks & Warren Haynes To Leave Allman Brothers Band After 2014

UPDATE 1/14: Just in case there was any question as to what lineup of the Allmans will play in 2014, the band has shared a Facebook update confirming the long-running lineup will indeed perform this year, “Several fans asked who’s playing at 2014 Allman Brothers Band concerts. The lineup you know and love, Gregg Allman, Butch Trucks, Jaimoe, Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks, Marc Quinones, and Oteil Burbridge will perform at all the 2014 shows.” Meanwhile, Haynes told Rolling Stone, “It’s not as big a surprise within our network as some people might think. We’ve been talking about this for a long time.” Warren went on to say, “I value the musical relationships and friendships that I have with everybody in this band. I’m sure Gregg and I will continue to do stuff in the future.”

On Tuesday afternoon on Jam Cruise, The Allman Brothers Band drummer Butch Trucks shared the surprising news that guitarist Derek Trucks will leave the group’s employ at the end of the year. Trucks gave the news aboard the MSC Divina during a session of the Masters Camp At Sea program. Butch is an instructor for Masters Camp At Sea. Upon receiving the press release it was confirmed that Warren Haynes would also be departing the band.

The news about Derek and Warren comes a little more than a week after Gregg Allman told Rolling Stone that Oteil Burbridge was leaving the Allman Brothers Band. Both Oteil and the Allmans denied Gregg’s quotes and Burbridge is set to play with the band in 2014.

Today, Derek Trucks and Warren Haynes have released both joint and personal statements about the situation:

“For 25 years and 15 years respectively, we’ve had the honor and pleasure of playing, living, learning, and traveling with the Allman Brothers Band, one of the truly legendary rock and roll bands. We will be forever grateful for the opportunity and the experience, and for the love, enthusiasm, and support of the incredible fans. We are both preparing to dig even deeper into our various creative and musical endeavors and, as a result, 2014 will be our final year as part of the band. We are looking forward to seeing our loyal ABB fans at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta this Friday night January 10th and in March at the Beacon Theater in New York City as we celebrate the 45th Anniversary of the band.” -Warren Haynes & Derek Trucks

A Statement from Warren Haynes:

“I joined the Allman Brothers Band in 1989, at age 28, for a reunion tour with no promise or expectations of it going any further. Based on the success of the tour and the uncanny chemistry between the original members and the new members, we decided to continue and see where it all led. Now, here we are, 25 years later, and it has been an amazing experience. I’ve always said that if I were to join a band that I grew up listening to the ABB would be at the top of that list. The original version of the band was a huge influence on me and I’m sure that the countless hours I spent listening to and studying that music helped shape me as a musician. As proud as I am of being a member of such a legendary band, I’m even more proud of the music that we’ve made together and of being a part of carrying their original vision into the future.

As someone who’s been fortunate enough to juggle a lot of musical projects and opportunities I look forward to maintaining a vigorous schedule which will include many more years of touring and recording with Gov’t Mule in addition to my solo projects and to enjoying more family time as well. Being part of the ABB has opened a lot of doors for me and that’s something I don’t take for granted nor do I take for granted the friendship and musical relationships I have with each of the members. The 45th Anniversary of the ABB is a milestone amidst too many highlights to count and I’m looking forward to an amazing year creating music that only the Allman Brothers Band can create.”

A Statement from Derek Trucks:

“I got the call to join the Allman Brothers while on tour with my own band at the age of 19. It was out of the blue and felt surreal. I leapt at the chance. This was the music that I had cut my teeth on and it was the distinctive sound of Duane’s guitar that inspired me to pick up the instrument in the first place.

When I started with ABB I didn’t know how long it would last, only that I would let the music lead me and teach me. Amazingly that led me past the band’s 40th anniversary, to the band’s 45th, and now my 15th year as a member of this incredible band. Five years ago the 45th seemed like a lofty goal but I thought if we could make it to that milestone it would be a logical time to move on.

While I’ve shared many magical moments on stage with the Allman Brothers Band in the last decade plus, I feel that my solo project and the Tedeschi Trucks Band is where my future and creative energy lies. The Tedeschi Trucks Band tour schedule keeps growing, and I feel the time has finally come to focus on a single project, which will allow me to spend that rare time off the road with my family and children. It’s a difficult decision to make, and I don’t make it lightly.

I’m proud to have made a small contribution to the masterful music they have created over the past forty years, and will continue to create. Now seems like a good time to go out on a high note with a great 45th anniversary in 2014, and the mutual respect and friendship of the other 6 members of ABB.”

The Allman Brothers Band next plays at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, GA on January 10th.

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