Allman Brothers Band Say Happy Trails to Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks

After 45 years of more-or-less undisturbed rocking out, the Allman Brothers Band have just suffered an unexpected loss, as guitarists Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks announce that they’re planning on leaving the band.

“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,” the two musicians wrote in a joint statement. “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.”

This will come as a big surprise to fans of the band. Just last month, Gregg Allman spoke to Rolling Stone about the future of the band. “Spontaneous things still happen,” he said. “Going through the motions would be a real bore. I know a band that plays the same songs in the same order, they even say the same shit at the same time every night. But, no, we’re all still real into it.”

Indeed, this sudden departure certainly proves that spontaneous things still happen indeed.

Haynes first joined the band in 1989, having been enlisted by former guitarist Dickey Betts. He went on to become something of a frontman for the band. He subsequently quit the band in 1997 to focus on his other band, Gov’t Mule, but returned in 2000 – a year after Trucks, the nephew of drummer Butch Trucks, joined the group.

Trucks formed Tedeschi Trucks Band with wife Susan Tedeschi in 2010. “I feel that my solo project and the Tedeschi Trucks Band is where my future and creative energy lies,” Trucks said in his own statement. “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.”