Monday, January 6, 2014

Gregg Allman biopic update

Gregg Allman is sharing an update on his biopic, “Midnight Rider”, which starts filming next month.

Rolling Stone reports Gregg is executive producer of the project, which sees All American Rejects frontman Tyson Ritter cast as Allman and Wyatt Russell playing Duane Allman.

"They’re nice guys," says Allman, adding he isn’t leaving anything to chance. "It's time consuming and tedious work to get it all right. I don't know firsthand because it hasn't started yet, but I know I need to be there every single day if I want it done right."

Allman admits he had some issues with the script, written by Randall Miller (who is also directing) and Jody Savin. "The first script they handed me just wasn’t us," he says. "They had me and [Duane] talking at one point and it was too many 'f-you's' in there and there shouldn't have been any. But they're working on it, and it'll be changed as we go along."

"It will damn sure change, because I have veto rights over everything," Allman adds of the script. "Think about it, man. If you had them doing your life story on the big screen, wouldn't you want to be able to erase anything out of there that you didn’t want? I can pull the plug on it any time."

Allman is currently playing shows on a solo US tour that wraps January 19 in Robinsonville, Mississppi.

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 clarify lineup rumour
Allman Brothers Band announce 2014 Beacon Theatre shows
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VIDEO: Allman Brothers perform Whipping Post at 2013 Crossroads Guitar Festival
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