There has good news and sad news regarding for fans of the Allman Brothers Band this year. The sad news came in January when guitarists Derek Trucks and Warren Haynes both announced that they would be leaving the band at the end of this year. Trucks joined the band in 1999, while Haynes has been a member since 1989. Trucks, who is also the frontman of his own Derek Trucks Band, and also plays in the Tedeschi Trucks Band with his wife Susan Tedeschi, who is also a singer and guitarist, said at the time of the announcement, “While I’ve shared many magical moments on stage with the Allman Brothers Band in the last decade plus, I feel that my solo project and the Tedeschi Trucks Band is where my future and creative energy lies.” Haynes, whose personal band is Gov’t Mule then said, “The 45th anniversary of the Allman Brothers Band is a milestone amidst too many highlights to count, and I’m looking forward to an amazing year creating music that only the Allman Brothers Band can create.”
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With the departure of the two guitarists, the remaining band members will include Gregg Allman, co-founder, singer and keyboardist, Oteil Burbridge, the bassist, Jai Johanny “Jaimoe” Johanson and Butch Trucks, both drummers, and Marc Quinones, the percussionist. While the original lineup of the Allman Brothers Band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame in 1995, and in 2012 received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, Gregg Allman is now being singled out by the Classic Rock Awards, which he is to receive this fall at the 10th annual awards ceremony. “I am so very honored to be receiving this award from Classic Rock,” Allman responded in a statement. “The magazine is one of my favorites and they are always so generous to me and the Brothers,” he continued. This will be the first year the U.K.’s living legend award will be hosted in the U.S., at the Avalon in Hollywood, and will be hosted by “The Red Rocker” (aka musician Sammy Hagar). Classic Rock is just as excited as Allman is. “Where can you start with Gregg Allman?” says the magazine’s editor, Siân Llewellyn. “The rock ‘n’ roll world would be a very different (and far lesser) place without him.”
“As a founding member and guiding light of the Allman Brothers Band and a hugely influential solo artist, Gregg has touched the lives of rock fans all over the globe for over four decades,” Llewellyn concluded. The award has been given to the lives Jimmy Page, Iggy Pop, Alice Cooper, Ozzy Osbourne, and Rush previously. As the year draws to a close, however, the Allman Brothers Band only have six shows left to play together as the original lineup. Fans who would like to know more about why Haynes and Tricks are leaving can follow a series of interviews with the two here. At least the two won’t be truly gone for good; perhaps fans of the blues rock band can look forward to future collaborations from the original members.