The Allman Brothers Band Retiring From The Road After 2014
The Allman Brothers Band will retire from the road at the end of 2014, which in effect will put the largely non-recording band to rest after 45 years. Bandleader and co-founder Gregg Allman spoke candidly about the band's end during an interview with Relix, revealing, "This is it -- this is the end of it. 45 years is enough and I want to do something else, anyway. Everyone has their own real good perspective (sic) bands." Allman was pressed about a possible Allman Brothers Band reunion in the future: "Who's to say? We may get together every five years and just do one play at a time."
Earlier this month, Allman Brothers Band guitarists Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks announced their departure from the legendary group after this year. Haynes joined the band via co-founding member Dickey Betts in 1999, with Derek Trucks -- the nephew of drummer Butch Trucks -- joining in 1999. Trucks will focus his efforts on his Tedeschi-Trucks Band with his wife, Susan Tedeschi. Haynes will carry on his work with his primary band Gov't Mule and possible future gigs with the Dead.
Fans will no doubt be clamoring to catch one of the band's upcoming annual "March Madness" shows at New York City's Beacon Theatre -- marking the final run of one of rock's most beloved traditions. Warren Haynes told us that the Beacon run has come to mean a great deal to the group: "The New York crowd's just over the top, y'know? They are so into the Allman Brothers past and present that it's just a pleasure to play in that place. Everybody just loves playing in New York, and playing to the Beacon audience. There's this energy that's hard to explain."
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