Sunday, April 13, 2014

Gregg Allman says Allman Brothers not breaking up

Gregg Allman revealed in January that the Allman Brothers Band would shut things down at the end of 2014 after 45 years; now, he says the group will continue.

“As for the rumor of the brothers breaking up after 45 years, in other words, after this year,” Allman tells, “that is a rumor. We are not breaking up. We are replacing Derek Trucks.”

The comment is a reversal of a statement he gave to Relix magazine in January.

“This is it—this is the end of it,” Gregg told Relix. “45 years is enough and I want to do something else, anyway. Everyone has their own real good respective bands.”

Gregg’s January comment came on the heels of a joint announcement that month by guitarists Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks that they’ll be leaving the band at the end of the year.

"For 25 years and 15 years respectively, we've had the honor and pleasure of playing, living, learning, and traveling with the Allman Brothers Band, one of the truly legendary rock and roll bands," the two wrote. "We will be forever grateful for the opportunity and the experience, and for the love, enthusiasm, and support of the incredible fans. We are both preparing to dig even deeper into our various creative and musical endeavors and, as a result, 2014 will be our final year as part of the band."

Read full statements by both guitarists here.

This weekend, the Allman Brothers returned to the stage in Live Oak, Flordia for the 10th installment of their annual Wanee Festival.

Last month, Gregg’s bout with bronchitis caused the postponement of the group’s final four dates of their residency at New York’s Beacon Theatre.

See also:

Allman Brothers to release 40th anniversary live DVD
Gregg Allman previews new live package
Gregg Allman issues health update
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