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Published: 2009/03/25

ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, John Popper and Sonny Landreth Among Allmans Special Guests

The final week of the Allman Brothers Bands extended residency at New Yorks Beacon Theatre continued last night with another round of special guests. The night opened with the Brothers alone onstage for Hot Lanta, Aint Wastin Time No More and a version of Rocking Horse that teased both Little Martha and Blue Sky. After Trouble No More, both longtime Muddy Waters guitarist Bob Margolin and Allman Brothers Band associate Thom Doucette took the stage for the blues cover Goin Down Slow and Sam Cookes A Change is Gonna Come. Margolin and Doucette then left to make way for blues guitarist Sonny Landreth on the Allman Brothers Band classic Midnight Rider, Dreams and Southbound. The latter song also featured John Popper on harp, who like Landreth has sat in with the Allman Brothers Band a number of times over the years.

Adding some humor to the evening, all the Allman Brothers clipped on fake beards to welcome ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons to the stage for his bands Jesus Just Left Chicago. Duane Allman was friendly with the members of ZZ Top in the early 1970s, and the Allman Brothers Band and ZZ Top have shared several bill over the past three decades. Gibbons remained on stage for the bluesy Stormy Monday and Statesboro Blues, before Popper returned for Same Thing. The night then came to a close with a segment that moved from Mountain Jam into Smokestack Lightning and Third Stone From The Sun before finishing Mountain Jam.
Landreth, Margolin and John Popper returned after an encore break for a guest-heavy One Way Out that closed out the night. The Allman Brothers Band will return for its final stretch of shows this Thursday.

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