Ah, I can finally spill the beans. This info has been burning a hole in my pocket….

As reported first this morning in Rolling Stone by my friend David Browne… the surviving members of the final version of the Allman Brothers Band will be celebrating their 50th anniversary March 10 at Madison Square Garden.

“I can’t wait to play again with my Brothers.”

Jaimoe, Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks, Oteil Burbridge and Marc Quinones will reunite. Drummer Duane Trucks, Derek’s brother and Widespread Panic member , will fill in for his late uncle Butch. Reese Wynans, best known for his work with Stevie Ray Vaughan’s Double Trouble, will fill the organ chair in a neat bit of unbroken circling; Reese played in The Second coming with Dickey Betts and Berry Oakley, and played in the original jams organized by Duane Allman as the ABB was forming. He moved on when Gregg Allman returned from Los Angeles. Pianist Chuck Leavell will also be on stage “for a few numbers” – presumably including “Jessica.”

The event will pay tribute to the band’s 50th anniversary, albeit a year late. “Hard to believe it’s been five years since our final show at the Beacon,” says Warren Haynes. “We had all talked about doing a final show at Madison Square Garden which never came to fruition. What a great way to honor 50 years of music and fulfill that wish at the same time.”

The 2003 iteration of The Allman Brothers Band—founding members Gregg Allman, Jaimoe and Butch Trucks plus Warren Haynes, Marc Quinones, Oteil Burbridge and Derek Trucks— would prove to be the longest-running line-up and most consistent in its live performances. The group played its last live performance October 28, 2014, at New York’s Beacon Theatre. Of that night— which was the last of over 230 sold-out shows covering 25 years of spring residencies at the Beacon—Rolling Stone’s David Fricke said “it will take more than a peach to get me through next March. It was never spring, I always said, until I saw the Allmans peakin’ at the Beacon. Tonight was a generous, continually thrilling farewell. It will make the leaving that much harder to bear.”

I’m told there will be no additional guests and that Dickey Betts will not be playing. I know a lot of people will be questioning that. I think it’s worth remembering that he hasn’t appeared on stage in quite a while.

Ticket presales begin on January 7, with public on sale on January 10 via Ticketmaster.

13 replies
  1. John Morgan
    John Morgan says:

    I will be there but is MSG too large for this event. The Brothers couldn’t fill this place when everyone was alive.


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