Georgia (and R.E.M.) on Greggs Mind
Over the weekend, the Georgia Music Hall of Fame officially welcomed its Class of 2006. Chief among this years inductees was R.E.M., who used the opportunity to reunite with original drummer Bill Berry—-who retired in 1997—-for a short performance. After being inducted into the Music Hall of Fame by former Georgia Senator Max Cleland, the group performed three songs: 1986s Begin the Begin, 1991s Losing My Religion and 1992s Man on the Moon (the latter of which Michael Stipe dedicated to the late Texas Governor Ann Richards).
In addition, Gregg Allman was also honored as a solo performer. Allmans brief set included an acoustic version of Melissa, his early solo number Oncoming Traffic and the geographically appropriate Georgia On My Mind. Perhaps most notable, Allman also performed a version of Midnight Rider backed by R.E.M.s Mike Mills, Peter Buck and Bill Berry, as well as Scott McCaughey. Gregg Allman and Friends will kickoff their fall tour October 13 at Johnson City, NY Magic City Music Hall.