Allman Brothers Band 50th Anniversary Tribute Set for NYC

Featuring surviving members of final line-up

January 3, 2020

The surviving members of the last Allman Brothers Band line-up are getting together to celebrate the band’s 50th anniversary.

Drummer Jaimoe Johanson, guitarists Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks, bassist Oteil Burbridge and percussionist Marc Quinones will reunite under the name The Brothers for a one-off show at Madison Square Garden in New York City on March 10th.

Since the Allman Brothers Band’s final concert in 2014, Gregg Allman died of liver cancer and drummer Butch Trucks took his own life. Founding guitarist Dickey Betts had a falling out with the band years ago and says he can’t make the Garden concert, but pianist Chuck Leavell, whose playing was crucial on classic tracks like “Jessica,” will sit in for a few songs.

“It’s a way of honoring 50 years of the band and honoring Duane (Allman), Gregg, Berry (Oakley) and Butch and the music they created,” Haynes told Rolling Stone. “That music deserves a 50th anniversary celebration. Most rock bands never thought they’d even see their 50th anniversary. And, of course, this one didn’t. So in a way, this brings some sort of closure.”

The Brothers will also feature drummer Duane Trucks and organist Reese Wyans. Haynes told Rolling Stone they haven’t decided who will handle Gregg’s vocals or what the setlist will be, but it will be a night of all Allmans music.

“It’s going to be extremely emotional, and hopefully in a similar way to the last Beacon show,” Haynes said. “Hopefully we can conjure up some wonderful music to match the significance of the moment.”

The first moment when these musicians perform Allman Brothers music on-stage without Gregg sitting at his keyboard howling away, or Butch keeping the beat alongside Jaimoe. And the first moment when there is no Allman in the band that can now only be called The Brothers.

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