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Published: 2009/08/27

The Allmans and Widespread Panic Visit "Franklin’s Tower"

The Allman Brothers Band and Widespread Panic co-headlined a night of music at Bethel, NY’s Bethel Woods Center for the Arts on Tuesday evening. The venue, which is located on the site of the original Woodstock festival, has hosted a number of memorable shows this summer, including a Woodstock reunion (where Mountain’s Leslie West tied the knot onstage and Country Joe jammed with Canned Heat).

As expected, last night’s performance featured a number of collaborations as well. During Widespread Panic’s opening set, Gov’t Mule keyboardist Danny Louis emerged after a drum segment for “Papa’s Home.” Warren Haynes then joined his bandmate and the members of Panic for “Red Hot Mama,” “Chainsaw City” and “Imitation Leather Shoes.”

After a short break, the Allman Brothers Band took the stage for a single extended set. A few songs in, Gregg Allman & Friends keyboardist Bruce Katz sat in on a cover of Howlin’ Wolf’s “Forty-Four.” Immediately after, Widespread Panic keyboardist JoJo Hermann, Widespread Panic frontman John Bell and BB King band drummer Tony Coleman all emerged for a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Highway 61 Revisited.” Later in the evening, Louis and Coleman returned with Gregg Allman & Friends saxophonist Jay Collins for a take on “The Same Thing.” The Allman Brothers Band then busted out a cover of the Grateful Dead’s “Franklin’s Tower” that featured both Louis and guitarist Jimmy Herring. The group frequently played the popular Dead original during Herring’s tenure in the Allman Brothers. The ensemble also dedicated the evening to former bassist Allen Woody, who passed away on August 26, 2000.

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