The announcement that Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks, seen here playing an Epiphone Masterbilt EF-500R
with Gregg Allman at the Crossroads Concert in New York last April, are both leaving the Allman Brothers Band at the end of the year must surely mean the end of The Allman Brothers Band. The two ace guitarists truly continued Duane Allman’s vision of The Brothers as a group that could combine all strands of American music into one cosmic quilt.
“Being part of the ABB has opened a lot of doors for me and that’s something I don’t take for granted, nor do I take for granted the friendship and musical relationships I have with each of the members,” said Haynes in an official statement.
Gregg, who has been battling serious health problems over the last year, will be celebrated this Friday at the Fox Theater in Atlanta with a long list of close friends including Dr. John, Taj Mahal, keyboardist Chuck Leavell who played a key part of the Allman Brothers' album Brothers and Sisters (Leavell now plays for The Rolling Stones), and Sam Moore of Sam and Dave. And, there’s also a bio film in the works with William Hurt signed on to play the modern version of Mr. Allman (good luck, Mr. Hurt). At least we can look forward to one more year of Allman Brothers concerts, which will make their spring residency at The Beacon Theater in New York one of the most exciting events this year. If you can get tickets for either event, don’t miss it.