Allman Brothers Band at the Fillmore 9/23/70

by AlanPaul on November 17, 2014

There’s a lot for me to figure out about You Tube’s new Music Vault channels. But hee’s one thing that you need to understand: despite a flurry of articles this week with headlines like “Allman Brothers release full, classic Fillmore show,” they did no such thing.

The video that is now on You Tube’s Allman Brothers’ Music Vault channel is the same clip that’s been surfing around for years. It’s the Allman Brothers Band at the Fillmore East, 9/23/70, filmed for PBS and never officially released primarily because of a dispute about ownership.

So don’t get too excited about anything new – but most certainly enjoy this excellent reminder of why we care so much in the first place.

Ladies and Gentleman: Duane Allman, Berry Oakley, Dickey Betts, Butch Trucks, Jaimoe, Gregg Allman – and Thom Doucette… t



My coverage of the final Allman Brothers shows

by AlanPaul on November 10, 2014

That’s all folks. Photo by Derek McCabe


So it’s been almost two weeks now and I can finally communicate with you all about a very intense 10-day whirlwind of emotions, conversations, interviews, rehearsals and, of course, shows.

A little update on my reporting on these final Allman Brothers performances – and yes it still feels strange to write that.

I woke up early the next morning and wrote up this report for Billboard. The print copy included a lot more photos by Derek McCabe and Danny Clinch.

A more extensive report will be in the January Guitar World, out end of November. That one will include photos by Kirk West and will also include a separate story about Duane’s three Les Pauls and how they ended up at the Beacon – together for the first time.

But the real piece of writing about not just the final shows, but the whole confusing, tumultuous, ultimately glorious final year for the band will be a new final chapter in the paperback edition of One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band. That will be out February 25 and will also include about 20 new Kirk West photos.

I’ve done extensive interviews with most of the band and there are some surprises in there. I am still in the “wow I’m done” afterglow, but I feel like this chapter is perhaps my best peice of writing ever. It’s what I’ve been building to for 25 years, incorporating a lot of built-up knowledge and relationships. I was at 21 of the Band’s 22 2014 performances and I spoke to everyone I could before, during and after each of them. It percolated all year and came out in this chapter.

Much more to come about all this after the first of the year.

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Neil Young on Howard Stern

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Frank Fenter Honored By The Georgia Music Hall Of Fame

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