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The Allman Brothers Band have announced that these final shows of the current tour will be the last for their current lineup and quite possibly the last ever for the 45 year old band. After the October performances, longtime members Derrick Trucks and Warren Haynes will exit the stage for the final time as part of The Allman Brothers Band.
‘We’ll end it together at 45,” Guitairst Derrick Trucks told Billboard Magazine. “That’s kind of the why I’ve been hanging around the last two or three years. That’s been the idea for some time. I know that now that date’s approaching and it’s becoming a realty for the other guys in the band, I don’t know if that’s exactly how it’s gonna go down. Who knows; I don’t think anyone knows exactly what’s gonna happen. I would never count that band out.”
There is still a lot in question over whether these will be THE final Allman Brothers concert or simply the end of the current team. (this current configuration of artists has been around since 2000). No direct announcement has been made by any member of the band, though the loss of Trucks and Haynes will leave quite a void for the old band to fill.
The Allman Brothers band formed in 1969 by brothers Greg and Duane Allman along with Butch Trucks (Derrick’s uncle), Jai Johanny “Jaimoe” Johanson, and Dickey Betts. After two commercially disappointing albums the band released At Fillmore East, one of the most acclaimed live albums of all time which catapulted them into international fame. Tragically, Duane Allman would be killed in a motorcycle accident not long after. Since then Duane Allman has been celebrated as one of the greatest guitarists of all time. After that ordeal, the band achieved continued success with enduring singles “Sweet Melissa” and “Ramblin’ Man”. Although the band has taken a break every once and a while, they still draw a large fan base to their now annual performances at the NYC Beacon Theatre.
The last seven shows of the October 21st through the 28th at the NYC Beacon Theatre. Four more concerts have been added to the tour in order to make up for performances missed due to Gregg Allman’s Pnemonia this past March. Tickets for the performances can be purchased at the band’s main website here.