Gregg Allman Misses Allman Brothers Band Show

The Allman Brothers Band continued their 14-show run at the Beacon Theatre tonight in New York City without one of the founding members of the group. Gregg Allman was unable to perform after coming down with bronchitis. Kofi Burbridge (ARU, Tedeschi Trucks Band) and Rob Barraco (Dark Star Orchestra, Phil Lesh Quintet) filled in for Gregg on a night that also saw guest appearances from Susan Tedeschi, Bill Evans, Devon Allman, Bernie Marsden and Cyril Neville.

Gregg has battled many health issues in recent years following a Hepatitis C diagnosis in 2007 and a liver transplant in 2010. Allman had to miss the final show of the Allman Brothers Band’s 2012 Beacon run due to back issues. This is the second performance of the residency to take place without a founding member of the group as Butch Trucks missed the third show of the run back on March 11. Guitarists Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks are parting ways with the Allman Brothers Band at the end of 2014 leaving the future of the band beyond this year in doubt.

Kofi Burbridge and Rob Barraco handled keyboard duties throughout the show. Ironically, Kofi and Rob both made their Allman Brothers Band Beacon run debuts on the same night (March 16) back in 2001. The Allman Brothers-less band opened with the instrumental “Mountain Jam.” Guitarist Warren Haynes then provided vocals for “Statesboro Blues,” which is normally sung by Gregg. Susan Tedeschi emerged later in the opening stanza to help out on “Seven Turns” and “Stand Back.” Saxophonist Bill Evans has guested at every Allmans’s March residency dating back to 2010 and continued the streak when he came out for “Good Morning Little School Girl,” which also saw Cyril Neville guest on percussion. Kofi played organ for most of the show with Barraco on keys, though the two switched places for “Good Morning Little School Girl.” The band called upon another beloved instrumental, “Jessica,” to close the first set.

Yet another instrumental, Duane Allman’s “Little Martha,” opened the second set and led into “Blue Sky.” Gregg’s son Devon Allman, another familiar face at past Beacon runs, then stood in for his father on “One Way Out,” with guitarist Bernie Marsden joining in as well. The parade of guests continued with Evans returning for “Who’s Been Talking.” Evans remained onstage for the Allman’s cover of “Franklin’s Tower” by the Grateful Dead. Not only did Oteil Burbridge show off his tender delivery of the vocals on “Franklin’s,” but he also took a ferocious bass solo that eventually led the rest of his band mates into an impromptu take of “Turn On Your Love Light.” Susan Tedeschi ran onstage to sing the Bobby Bland hit garnering a huge ovation from the crowd. The Brothers returned to the end of “Franklin’s” after their brief but fantastic rendition of “Love Light.” Tedeschi and her husband, Derek Trucks, both shined on blues standard “The Sky Is Crying” before Evans came out once again for the “In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed” set closer. “Preachin’ Blues” served as the encore along with the conclusion of “Mountain Jam.”

UPDATE: Gregg is out for Saturday’s show as well. Tonight’s performance, and the rest of the run, will continue as planned.

Here’s a look at the setlist:

Set One: Mountain Jam, Statesboro Blues, Worried Down With The Blues, Every Hungry Woman, Seven Turns w/ Susan Tedeschi, Stand Back w/ Susan Tedeschi, Good Morning Little School Girl w/ Bill Evans and Cyril Neville, Jessica

Set Two: Little Martha, Blue Sky, One Way Out w/ Devon Allman and Bernie Marsden, Who’s Been Talking w/ Bill Evans, Franklin’s Tower w/ Bill Evans > Turn On Your Love Light w/ Susan Tedeschi > Franklin’s Tower, The Sky Is Crying w/ Susan Tedeschi, Hoochie Coochie Man, In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed w/ Bill Evans

Encore: Preachin’ Blues > Mountain Jam

[Entire Show With Rob Barraco and Kofi Burbridge filling in for Gregg Allman]

We’ll update this post on Saturday with a recap of the second set.

The Songs -Allman Brothers Band Beacon Run 2014:

1983 -1
Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More -3
And It Stoned Me -1
Black Hearted Woman -2
Blind Willie McTell -1
Blue Sky -3
Come and Go Blues -2
Come On In My Kitchen -1
Desdemona -1
Done Somebody Wrong -3
Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’ -4
Don’t Want You No More -2
Dreams -2
Dusk Till Dawn -3
Egypt -3
End Of The Line -2
Every Hungry Woman -2
Feel Like Breaking Up Somebody’s Home -2
Franklin’s Tower -1
Gambler’s Roll -1
Get On With Your Life -2
Good Morning Little Schoolgirl -2
High Cost Of Low Living -1
Hoochie Coochie Man -3
Hot ‘Lanta -3
I Found A Love -2
In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed -3
Into The Mystic -1
It Makes No Difference -1
It’s Not My Cross To Bear -2
I’ve Been Loving You Too Long -1
I Walk On Gilded Splinters -2
Jessica -3
Leave My Blues At Home -3
Les Brers In A Minor -2
Little Martha -2
Low Down Dirty Mean -2
Melissa -2
Midnight Rider -4
Mountain Jam -3
No One To Run With -4
Old Before My Time -1
Old Friend -1
One Way Out -4
Please Call Home -2
Preachin’ Blues -1
Rain -2
Revival -3
Rocking Horse -3
Sailin’ ‘Cross The Devil’s Sea -1
Same Thing -2
Seven Turns -3
Smokestack Lightning -1
Soulshine -2
Southbound -3
Spots of Time -2
Stand Back -3
Statesboro Blues -5
Stormy Monday -1
That’s What Love Will Make You Do -2
The Sky Is Crying -2
The Weight -1
Trouble No More -3
True Gravity -4
Turn On Your Love Light -1
Wasted Words -1
Whipping Post -2
Who’s Been Talking -2
Who To Believe -1
Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad? -1
Woman Across The River -2
Worried Down With The Blues -3
You Don’t Love Me -4