Gregg Allman & Friends Usher in 2012
Two musicians who helped blur the lines between rock and blues in the ‘60s, Gregg Allman and Buddy Guy, shared a New Year’s Eve bill at Newkirk, Oklahoma’s First Council Casino on Saturday night. Buddy Guy opened the night and Gregg Allman played the marquee set that stretched through midnight. Like most of his recent solo shows, Allman mixed his ‘80s hits (“I’m No Angel,” “Before the Bullets Fly”) with material from his recent comeback album (“Just Another Rider”) and reworked Allman Brothers Band classics and covers (“Statesboro Blues,” “Please Call Home,” “Mellisa”). As midnight approached, Allman and his solo group busted into an instrumental jam that led into the traditional “Auld Lang Syne.” Allman’s longtime friend/percussionist Floyd Miles then moved to the front of the stage to sing “Goin’ Back to Daytona.” The set later came to a rocking close with “Before the Bullets Fly,” “Midnight Rider” and the lone encore of “Whipping Post.”
Allman and his band are off to St. Louis for a performance at the Pageant tonight. As previously reported, Allman will regroup with The Allman Brothers for a series of shows at New York’s Beacon Theatre this March.
Here’s a look at the show’s setlist via Classic Rock Revisited
I’m No Angel, Statesboro Blues, Please Call Home, Wasted Words, Just Another Rider, You Must Be Crazy, These Days, Talkin’ About Trouble, Mellisa, Instrumental Jam, Auld Lang Syne, Goin’ Back to Daytona, Before the Bullets Fly, Midnight Rider
E: Whipping Post