Today, Allman Brothers Band co-founding guitarist Dickey Betts turns 74. In a year that has seen the loss of Allman Brothers Band co-founding members Gregg Allman and Butch Trucks, Dickey has announced he will return to the road for a series of select tour dates in 2018. Betts has been retired since a 2014 show in Sarasota.
David Spero, Betts’ manager, revealed the news to Wade Tantangelo of the Herald-Tribune. Dickey’s plan is “to go out and play a select group of dates.” Spero is working with promoters to figure out where and when the guitarist will play.
“Everywhere I go fans keep saying they want me to get out and play again,” Betts told Tantangelo. “I think the time is right.” Here’s what we know about what lies ahead: Dickey will lead a to-be-determined lineup of The Dickey Betts Band featuring his son Duane Betts. “Dickey is talking to some of the guys he has played with,” Spero said. “We should know in a couple of weeks who will comprise the band.” Setlist wise, expect Allman Brothers Band staples. However, Betts won’t stick strictly to the songs he wrote such as “In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed,” “Blue Sky” and “Jessica.” Dickey added, “I think the fans deserve to hear a few of Gregg’s song as well, so I’m pulling out some classics.”
Stay tuned for more details.