The Allman Brother's Band - Up To Speed
The Allman Brothers Band has ever been a band of personnel changes;
the deaths of founding members Duane Allman and bassist Berry Oakley
perhaps paving the way for a band that has refused to stay away to find
replacements when and if they needed them. The Allman Brothers more
or less stayed together in various incarnations until early 1982. In 1986
The Dickey Betts Band and Gregg Allman Band combine a tour, but do
not tour as The ABB.
Reforming in 1989, The Allman Brother's Band took on bass player
Allen Woody, and guitarist Warren Haynes, only to lose them a few scant
years later as they elected to pursue their own project, Gov't Mule.
Also on board was Johnny Neel on keyboards and synthesizer.
Neel left at the end of 1990.
In 1991 The Allman Brothers invited Marc Quinones to join
them to swell the percussion section to a full three.
1997 saw the band with two newcomers, Oteil Burbridge (bass)
and Jack Pearson (lead and slide guitar) join up as replacements for
Haynes and Woody; two years later Pearson left to take up his solo career.
1999, and Derek Trucks, nephew of founding and current band member
Butch Trucks (drums), is drafted to fill Pearson's slot and proceeds to
astonish a highly critical fan base with his mastery of the slide guitar.
2000. May. Founding member and legendary guitarist Dickey Betts
is asked by the other three founding members (Gregg Allman; keyboards,
Butch Trucks; drums, Jaimoe; drums) to take time off during the summer tour.
Gregg Allman states in several interviews that Betts is wanted back in
the fall, healthy and hale. Dickey Betts is temporarily replaced by
Jimmy Herring on guitar for the summer tour. Dickey has since put
together his own band and began touring in August. Play dates for
The Dickey Betts Band ran through the end of September.
Highlights of Campaign 2000 Summer Tour
This summer has seen some changes to the setlist as well as the
appearance of several guest musicians. Most notable addition to the
setlist are a full version of Mountain Jam, a full version of Franklin's Tower
(yes the Grateful Dead tune) and a new song being worked out in concert,
Walk Like a Man, written and sung by bassist Oteil Burbridge.
Guest appearances have included Warren Haynes, Allen Woody and
Matt Abts of Gov't Mule; Johnny Neel, onetime keyboardist for
The Allman Brothers; John Popper of Blues Traveler; Berry Oakley Jr.
and Marc Ford; Thom Doucette, the golden harmonica player recorded
on The Allman Brothers at The Fillmore East; and blues sensation
Susan Tedeschi, currently touring with B.B. King and Buddy Guy.
One other facet of the Campaign 2000 Summer Tour is worth mentioning:
the light show. The Brothers of Light have been providing The Allman Brothers
Band with a fine psychedelic backdrop for years, however this year has
seen this lights display achieve a quality that approaches a life of their own.
Anyone going to an ABB show this year will be well advised to bring
binoculars if they have them if they are to be any distance from the stage.
Opening their 2001 tour schedule with the now almost obligatory
Beacon Run, The Allman Brothers Band were re-joined by Warren
Haynes playing opposite Derek Trucks. Audience response was fanatic
and became even more so with the addition of former ABB keyboardist
Chuck Leavell for the final four dates. Also of note were the premiers of
new Allman Brothers songs during this run.
04/16/01 - The Allman Brothers Band announces the official return of
Warren Haynes as a full time Brother as the first dates for their
2001: The Odyssey Goes on Forever concert tour are announced.
Dickey Betts continues to tour with his own band joining
The Charlie Daniels Band Volunteer Jam Tour along with 38 Special throughout
May and June.
2002 - The Allman Brothers Band announce plans to release a new CD during the
first quarter of 2003. New songs are showcased during the Beacon and summer
tours including a new instrumental that remains mysteriously untitled for the tours.
Derek Trucks marries blues sensation Susan Tedeschi and a son, "Charlie" is born
to them. A small contingent of fans believe that the name of the instrumental should
Dickey Betts reforms The Great Southern Band with Dan Toler and tours extensively.
The current Allman Brothers Band Lineup is:
Keyboards and vocals
Drums and percussion
Guitar, slide, and vocals
Bass guitar, scat
Guitar, slide guitar
Hittin' The Web
The listserve for Allman Brothers fans at netspace.org
The newsgroup alt.fan.allman-brothers
To read a review of the 6/25/02 Kansas City show & 7/4/02 Nashville show click here
Click here for our CDR Trade List
To view previous years reviews click on these links:
The Allman Brothers Band at The Coca-Cola Starplex
Dallas, Texas 7/24/1999
The Allman Brothers Band at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado 6/12/99 and Sandstone Amphitheater in Bonner Springs,KS 6/16/99
The Allman Brothers Band 5/6/00;7/3/00;8/26/00
The ABB in Louisville 6/17/01
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