Friday, January 3, 2014

Allman Brothers Band clarify lineup rumour

The Allman Brothers Band are clarifying rumours about changes to the group’s lineup following recent comments by leader Gregg Allman.

Allman told Rolling Stone that bassist Oteil Burbridge had left the band, saying “Oteil’s not with us anymore. I don’t know if he’ll be back to the Beacon or not. He’s gone with Zac Brown.”

Burbridge released a statement on his website to clarify the situation.

“Wow, what a surprise to wake up on the first day of 2014 to a wildfire in the rumor mill!,” he wrote. “For the record…. It was an amazing experience recording and playing with the Zac Brown Band and with Dave Grohl in November. It was an awesome time and a reunion of sorts for me with old friends Chris Fryar, Penn Robertson, and Eric Pretto (the drummer, bass tech and guitar tech for ZBB, respectively) who I’ve known for over a decade. I am proud to be part Zac’s record.”

“2014 will mark the beginning of my 16th year with the Allman Brothers and as we celebrate the bands 45th anniversary, it reminds me what a huge part of my musical life this incredible band has been,” he continued. “I’m really grateful and proud to be such a big part of the ABB history. And we ain’t done yet!”

“Oteil was offered a gig with another band but he turned it down,” added drummer Butch Trucks. “He is as much the bass player with the Allman Brothers today as he has ever been.”

The Allman Brothers Band have just announced their 2014 series of shows at New York’s Beacon Theatre.

The group’s 10-show residency starts on March 7, and will include shows on March 8, March 11-12, March 14-15, March 18-19 and March 21-22.

Tickets go on sale January 10 at 10 a.m. ET.

See also:

Allman Brothers Band announce 2014 Beacon Theatre shows
VIDEO: Gregg Allman, The National & Stephen Colbert perform Christmas classic
VIDEO: Allman Brothers perform Whipping Post at 2013 Crossroads Guitar Festival
VIDEO: Eric Clapton jams with Allman Brothers at 2013 Crossroads Guitar Festival
Search The Allman Brothers at hennemusic