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Allman Brothers to Retire From the Road in 2014

Allman Brothers to Retire From the Road in 2014

Coming shortly after the recent announcement that two significant members of the Allman Brothers Band would be leaving the band at the end of the year, the remaining members have revealed that they plan to stop touring altogether after 2014. Sorry for another punch to the gut Allman fans. We know it’s been a rough 2014 for you already.

In a new interview with Relix, Allman stated that he’s ready to move on. “This is it — this is the end of it,” he said. “Forty-five years is enough, and I want to do something else anyway. Everyone has their own real good perspective bands.”

Earlier this month, Haynes and Trucks released a joint statement announcing their departures from the band at the end of the year. “We will be forever grateful for the opportunity and the experience, and for the love, enthusiasm and support of the incredible fans,” they wrote. “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.”

Aside from Allman duties, Haynes maintains a solo career and leads Gov’t Mule; Trucks, similarly, fronts the Tedeschi Trucks Band with his wife Susan Tedeschi. Allmann, meanwhile, reportedly has a couple of solo records in the works and a tour, as well as a new biopic scheduled to start shooting soon.

That said, the Allman Brothers Band have got a busy 2014 ahead of them, with their annual shows at the Beacon Theatre coming up soon, and the release of a live album on its way.

In his Relix interview, Allman does offer some tentative hope to Allman fans, hinting at the possibility of a future reunion after the coming break up.

“Who’s to say?” he replied when asked if we’d ever see the Allman Brothers Band again. “We may get together every five years and just do one play at a time.”

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

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.”

Jackson Browne, Eric Church, Martina McBride Join Gregg Allman Tribute Concert in Atlanta

Jackson Browne, Eric Church, Martina McBride Join Gregg Allman Tribute Concert in Atlanta

The life and musical works of Gregg Allman just got more honored. The Allman Brothers Band, Jackson Browne, Natalie Cole and more are set to pay tribute to 65-year-old rock icon at a special concert next year.

Other newly-announced performers include John Hiatt and Don Was, all of whom will well and truly take over the Fox Theater in Atlanta. “All My Friends: Celebrating the Songs & Voice of Gregg Allman” will take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday, January 10th 2014.

Super-producer Don Was is fulfilling musical direction duties for the concert, which will also include performances from Trace Adkins, Eric Church, Brantley Gilbert, Taj Mahal, Keb’ Mo’, Martina McBride, Pat Monahan of Train, Sam Moore, Robert Randolph, Susan Tedeschi, Widespread Panic and Allman Brothers mainstays Warren Haynes, Jaimoe and Derek Trucks.

More artists are expected to be announced between this very second right now and the one just before 7:30pm on January 10th.

It would, frankly, be a massive understatement to say that Gregg Allman himself had had a mildly busy couple of years. Highlights include Allman receiving a Lifetime Achievement Grammy for his work with the Allman Brothers Band, the group he co-founded in 1969 alongside his late brother Duane. He then revealed he’d gotten engaged to a 24-year-old named Shannon and released his memoir, “My Cross to Bear”, after which he played a couple of shows at New York’s Beacon Theater. Then, it was revealed that Allman has sold the film rights to “My Cross to Bear” to serve as the basis of a biopic by the filmmakers of the recent “CBGB” movie.

One of the filmmakers for the biopic had this to say of the memoir:

“We knew it was a great story but didn’t know how great it was until we read the book. That journey, and coming out the other side, is not the normal falling-into-hell story that rock & roll often is.”

Stillwater, Led Zeppelin & Cameron Crowe: The True Story Behind ‘Almost Famous’

Stillwater, Led Zeppelin & Cameron Crowe: The True Story Behind ‘Almost Famous’

Almost Famous is one of the finest music-oriented dramas ever. In addition to its brilliant casting and superb original soundtrack, its success hinged largely on director and writer Cameron Crowe, who used a hefty amount of anecdotal inspiration to create characters like William, the bright-eyed protagonist, and Penny Lane, the mysteriously beautiful groupie of the fictional (but totally sellable) rock group Stillwater – who play somewhat like a cross between Led Zeppelin and The Allman Brothers Band. Crowe’s childhood compares strikingly to that of William’s in Almost Famous. Crowe skipped several grades because he was more intelligent than his peers, but this contributed to social isolation; he was clearly several years younger than his classmates when he reached high school. As an escape, Crowe became immersed in music and writing about music, learning from prominent music critic Lester Bangs as he regularly submitted music reviews to The San Diego Door, Creem, and Circus in his teens. Like William in the film, Crowe maximized his opportunity to meet Ben Fong-Torres, the editor of Rolling Stone. Crowe later became a prominent writer at the magazine, interviewing everyone from Bob Dylan and David Bowie to Led Zeppelin and Neil Young.

Almost Famous largely chronicles William’s on-the-road adventures with Stillwater and their groupies, as he covered the band for his first feature for Rolling Stone. Crowe had a strikingly similar experience at age 18 when he went on the road with The Allman Brothers Band for three weeks. From Gregg Allman being suspicious of Crowe – just as Billy Crudup’s character in Almost Famous was initially iffy on William – to his own mother worrying about his whereabouts, the adventures of William and Crowe are much aligned. The film’s other central character, Penny Lane (played wonderfully by Kate Hudson), was inspired by two women Crowe had met in the ‘70s: Bebe Buell and Geraldine Edwards. Buell was a Playboy Playmate who also dated a ton of rock stars, which include Todd Rundgren and Steven Tyler (their daughter is Liv Tyler). Crowe said some of Penny Lane’s dialogue was taken from interviews Buell conducted over the years. Edwards was another famed groupie, who dated Eric Clapton and Robert Palmer. Penny Lane’s character was essentially a fusion of Crowe’s real-life interaction with two famous groupies, which certainly explains why Hudson’s character was such an effective blast of nostalgia. There simply aren’t groupies like Buell and Edwards anymore, and Hudson brought an extinct breed to life.

Another memorable character in Almost Famous was that of William’s sister Anita, played by the always-frenetic Zooey Deschanel. Like most other characters in the film, she was based on a real-life person as well. Guess who? Crowe’s sister, who like her film counterpart did not speak to her mother in years after a falling out. Ironically enough, the family reunited after the completion of Almost Famous. Perhaps seeing the film made them realize the importance of family, and how caring sentiments can occasionally come across as nagging and overly controlling. After all, Crowe’s own mother allegedly followed him around the set of Almost Famous, just to keep an eye on him. She should know by now that Crowe is best left to his own devices, as the result is almost always fantastic. Crowe directed and wrote Almost Famous, not to mention co-writing three of the five Stillwater songs in the film with his wife, Nancy Wilson of Heart. Peter Frampton wrote the other two. As for the accompanying soundtrack, which included Led Zeppelin tracks with the band’s rare permission, it won the 2001 Grammy Award for Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media. Crowe also nabbed the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, which is no small feat even for someone who started writing for Rolling Stone at the age of 18.

Peach Music Festival Features Allman Brothers, Black Crowes, Grace Potter

Peach Music Festival Features Allman Brothers, Black Crowes, Grace Potter

The Allman Brothers Band will bring back its Peach Music Festival this summer for the second year in a row, and the Black Crowes and Grace Potter and the Nocturnals join them as headliners.

The festival will be held at the Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain near Scranton, Pennsylvania on August 15-18 of this year. In addition to the headliners, the lineup features Jamioe’s Jasssz Band, Railroad Earth, Rusted Root, Galactic, Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Bob Weir & RatDog, among others. Weir is reforming with RatDog for the festival and also will perform a solo “brunch” set on Sunday. Other than that, the daily schedule hasn’t yet been nailed down, though it is known that the Allman Brothers will play two sets during the festival.

“The first Peach Festival was as great of a success as we could have asked for,” said the Allman Brothers in a press release. “The overwhelming response from both the audience and artists to continue has exceeded our expectations. We are very excited that Bob Weir & RatDog have decided to join us this year in Scranton along with many other talented musicians. Year two will be even better than the inaugural Peach Music Festival, we cannot wait to play Scranton again.”

The festival is presented by Live Nation, and Geoff Gordon, regional president of Live Nation Philadelphia, spoke about what fans can expect at this year’s festival.

“We’ve put together a festival that is a truly amazing outdoor summer concert experience: great music over multiple stages and camping in the mountains with some of the greatest fans in the world,” Gordon said in a statement. “If you didn’t come out last year, we hope to see you this summer at the Peach.”

Only four-day passes will be sold for the event, with no single-day tickets being made available.

Allman Brothers Setup 2013 New York Residency Dates at Beacon Theatre in March

Allman Brothers Setup 2013 New York Residency Dates at Beacon Theatre in March

The Allman Brothers have once again announced their (nearly) annual residency at the Beacon Theatre in New York City.

The legendary group led by Gregg Allman will take over the theater March 1-2, March 5-6, March 8-9, March 12-13 and March 15-16.

“Yes, it’s that time,” Gregg Allman said, according to Pollstar. “The Beacon run is always magical. The room sounds great, lots of familiar faces and the band really stretches out. After Macon, New York is really our second home. There’s just something about it, and our fans know it.”

The Beacon Theatre residency has become a tradition for the band since 1989. The only year since that the group hasn’t played the venue was in 2010 when Cirque du Soleil held a production at the theater.

“Cirque du Soleil came and bought it out from under us,” Allman said at the time. “It’s a drag.”

Certainly it was, but fortunately for Allman Brothers fans, the band has been back every year since. And the group always bring an impressive array of guest stars. While no official announcement has yet been made concerning who will appear this year, past guests have included Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Billy Gibbons, Widespread Panic, Johnny Winter, Taj Mahal and Jimmy Herring.

Another past special guest is Eric Clapton, and the Allman Brothers are already set to perform at the guitarist’s Crossroads benefit shows at Madison Square Garden April 12-13, so it could stand to reason that Clapton may show up to return the favor.

The only other dates the Allman Brothers Band currently has on its tour itinerary are two appearances at the WANEE Festival in Live Oak, Fla. April 19-20. The band has put the jam band festival together every year since 2005, and though early bird tickets have already sold out, the remainder of this year’s lineup has yet to be announced.

Zac Brown Recruits Gregg Allman, David Gray, Los Lonely Boys for Southern Grounds Festival

Zac Brown Recruits Gregg Allman, David Gray, Los Lonely Boys for Southern Grounds Festival

Earlier this year, Zac Brown announced that this year’s second annual version of his music festival, Southern Ground Music & Food, will hold a weekend in Nashville in addition to another in last year’s home base of Charleston, S.C. Now he’s announced the lineup for the events, which include Gregg Allman, David Gray and Los Lonely Boys, among others.

The first of the two festivals will be the Nashville version, which will be held September 21-22 at the city’s downtown area Riverfront Park. The Charleston weekend will be October 20-21 and will be held at Blackbaud Stadium.

The two cities will host different lineups, with Allman and Gray appearing alongside Amos Lee and Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros in Charleston. In Nashville, the lineup includes Los Lonely Boys as well as Avett Brothers and Grace Potter & the Nocturnals. Of course, Zac Brown Band will play both festivals, as will other group’s signed to his Souther Ground record label including Sonia Leigh, Nic Cowan and Blackberry Smoke. Michael Franti & Spearhead also will appear at both weekends.

As its name would suggest, a big part of the festival is food and drink to go along with the music. Everyone purchasing VIP tickets to the shows will receive a four-course gourmet meal by Southern Ground Executive Chef Rusty Hamlin. These ticket-buyers also will be seated in Front Porch Stage Boxes, which offer onstage seating for the shows.

Zac Brown is currently celebrating his third studio album, Uncaged, which is the number one album in the country right now. The album was released on July 10, and Brown recently spoke of the new sound he attempted to achieve for the record.

We’re always trying to push the barrier of our musicianship and I’m proud to say that there is a little bit of something for everyone,” he said. He also added that the record results from the “powerful chemistry that’s developed by living, traveling and working as a band.”

Gregg Allman Tour Derailed Due to Health Ailments

Gregg Allman Tour Derailed Due to Health Ailments

The ailing rock star Gregg Allman has had to cancel a series of dates from his current tour because of poor health.

The star from the Allman Brothers Band has canceled shows from the end of August through the middle of September. Allman is suffering from an upper respiratory problem.

A statement from Allman’s management was issued that stated they were sorry to announce that upon doctor’s orders Gregg Allman was having to cancel tour dates from August 26 until September 15. In June Allman was forced to cancel several shows from the ending of his run of Europe because of his upper respiratory condition.

The statement continued that his doctor hoped rest would improve his health, however the issue has not been resolved.

Allman, who is 63 years old, will receive treatment at the hospital and then rest at home.

In 2007 Allman was diagnosed as having Hepatitis C and has suffered poor health since that time. Last summer he had a liver transplant to help fight the disease.

Allman Brothers Hit Boston's Orpheum Theatre in November

The Allman Brothers missed a rare gig alongside Eric Clapton in June’s Crossroads Guitar Festival due to band vocalist and organist Gregg Allman’s liver transplant operation which took place also on the same month.

Allman had a history of Hepatitis C which necessitated the operation.

But after barely two months, Gregg Allman says that he has “been itching to play” and is eager to go back to work and perform.

They are scheduled to hit Boston’s Orpheum Theatre on November 18 to 20. The gig will mark the band’s first performance after Allman’s surgery.

“I am ready…I am glad to be back”, says the newly recovered musician.

2010 Allman Brothers Concert Tour
November 2010
18-20 – Boston, MA – Orpheum Theatre

Eric Clapton’s 2010 Crossroads Festival Line-up Announced

Eric Clapton has a lot of hefty when recruiting top notch guitar talent for his annual Crossroad Guitar Festival. The 2010 version will be help at Toyota Park in Chicago on June 26. Tickets will go onsale on February 20. As will the two Crossroads before it, the event’s proceeds will directly benefit the Crossroads Centre, the addiction-treatment center in the Caribbean that Eric Clapton founded.

The impressive bill includes the likes of John Mayer, B.B. King, Jeff Beck, Allman Brothers Band and countless others. See the complete list of artists that were confirmed at press time below. When asked why he spearheaded the event, Clapton replied in a recent interview with Rolling Stone, “It’s a selfish thing. I can go to one place and hear all of my favorite musicians in one day.”

Eric Clapton has said that this third festival shall be the last one. The initial festival in 2004 was a two-day event at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas which stretched him to the limits as opposed to the one-day festival at the more intimate Toyota Park held in 2007.

When asked about the festival, Clapton noted “it comes from the heart of a musician. It’s not a business deal, and there is an enlightenment in that. People realize we really love what we do. And hopefully, it gets better every time. That’s the deal.”

2010 Crossroad Guitar Festival Lineup
Albert Lee
Allman Brothers Band
BB King
Bert Jansch
Buddy Guy
David Hidalgo and Cesar Rosas of Los Lobos
Doyle Bramhall II
Earl Klugh
Eric Clapton
Gary Clark Jr.
Hubert Sumlin
James Burton
Jeff Beck
Jimmie Vaughan
Joao Gilberto
Joe Bonamassa
John Mayer
Keb Mo
Pino Daniele
Robert Cray
Robert Randolph
Sheryl Crow
Sonny Landreth
Steve Winwood
Vince Gill
ZZ Top

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