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Published: 2012/03/26

John Popper, Jimmy Hall, Col. Bruce and More Sub for Gregg Allman at Allman Brothers Band Beacon Finale

Photos by Dino Perrucci

The Allman Brothers Band closed their ten-night residency at New York’s Beacon Theatre last night. As previously reported, Gregg Allman sat out the show due to a slipped disc. A statement on the band’s homepage confirms, “Gregg Allman’s bulging disc’s painful flare up prevented him from performing at The Allman Brothers Band 2012 sold out Beacon finale, on Sunday March 25. The decision was reached at showtime. The band, not wanting to disappoint it’s loyal fans performed with numerous guest musicians joining them in Gregg’s absence.” Allman also sat out a portion of Saturday’s performance.

Warren Haynes announced Allman’s absence at the start of the show and led the group through a marathon performance that stretched until almost 1 AM. Gregg Allman & Friends keyboardist Bruce Katz played organ and piano during the show while Haynes handled many of Allman’s trademark vocals. Though Allman missed a set in 1996 and the band played a “family jam” at Wanee when he was unable to perform, this is the first time The Allman Brothers Band has played a full, two-set show under their name without Gregg or Duane Allman.

The Allman Brothers Band kicked off their show with Dickey Betts’ classic “Blue Sky,” which the band revived late last year in celebration of the 40th anniversary of Eat a Peach. The set also included this year’s first take on the ‘90s Allman Brothers Band cut “Gamblers’ Roll” and another Betts classic, “Les Brers in A Minor.” Halfway through their first set, the parade of guests started when harmonica ace Jimmy Hall and bassist Berry Duane Oakley emerged for “Statesboro Blues.” Hall came out of the same Macon, GA Capricorn Records family that propelled the Allman Brothers Band in the ‘70s and performed with Betts, Chuck Leavell and Butch Trucks in BLHT. Berry Duane Oakley is the son of The Allman Brothers Band’s founding bassist. Later in the set, Warren Haynes Band members Ron Johnson (bass) and Alecia Chakour (vocals) took the stage for a song off Haynes’ recent solo album Man in Motion, “The River’s Gonna Rise” while the band teased “Mountain Jam” during “Jessica.”

Instead of this run’s regular acoustic segment, the band returned at the start of their second set with Johnson and Alicia Chakour for another Haynes classic, “Soulshine.” Late Show house band drummer Anton Fig played drums on the song. The rest of The Allman Brothers Band then returned for a version of “Hot ‘Lanta” that wrapped around Bob Dylan’s “All Along the Watchtower.” Next, Col. Bruce Hampton and jazz guitarist Oz Noy emerged for Willie Dixon’s “Spoonful” while John Popper returned for the second night in a row. A horn section featuring Tedeschi Trucks Band trumpeter Maurice Brown, Gregg Allman/Jaimoe saxophonist Jay Collins and Jimmy Hall also contributed to this portion of the show. Though the band was approaching its curfew, the Brothers busted into two of their most cherished jam vehicles, “Dreams” and “Mountain Jam,” pushing the show well past Midnight. Longtime Haynes collaborator Hook Herrera also sat in for “Mountain Jam,” which moved into portions of “Smokestack Lightening” and “Dazed and Confused.”

As an encore, the group returned with Herrera and Oakley for “Soul Serenade,” a song Derek Trucks covered on his 2003 album of the same name. The Brothers then closed their Beacon run with “You Don’t Love Me,” with Jaimoe’s guitarist Jr. Mack on guitar.

The Allman Brothers Band will announce their upcoming Peach Music Festival in the coming days 9the festival was supposed to be confirmed today but the announcement was pushed back this morning). The band is also expected to confirm a string of shows with Santana in the near future.

Here’s a look at last night’s setlist via The Allman Brothers Band’s homepage

Sunday, March 25, Beacon Theatre, New York, NY

Set I:
Blue Sky
Every Hungry Woman
Gamblers’ Roll
Les Brers in A Minor
Statesboro Blues (w/Jimmy Hall, Berry Duane Oakley)
She Caught the Katy (w/ Jimmy Hall)
The River’s Gonna Rise (w/Ron Johnson, Alecia Chakour)

Set II:
Soulshine (w/Ron Johnson, Alecia Chakour, Anton Fig)
Hot ‘Lanta>
All Along The Watchtower>
Hot ‘Lanta
Spoonful (w/Col. Bruce Hampton, Oz Noy )
Why Does Love Got To be so Sad?>Alone (w/John Popper)
That’s What Love Will Make You Do (w/John Popper, Maurice Brown, Jay Collins, Jimmy Hall)
Mountain Jam> Smokestack Lightening>Dazed and Confused>
Mountain Jam (w/Hook Herrera)

Soul Serenade> (w/Hook Herrera, Berry Duane Oakley)
You Don’t Love Me (w/Hook Herrera,Berry Duane Oakley, Jr. Mack)

Bruce Katz subbed for Gregg Allman throughout the night


There are 19 comments associated with this post

Steve March 26, 2012, 11:41:58

‘Gambler’s Roll’ is a welcome addition to the set. Would love to see what Derek did with that.

Dave March 26, 2012, 11:55:49

More photos please! ps. love ya :)

Scott Bernstein March 26, 2012, 12:23:43

Also, Junior Mack sat in on guitar and vocals for “You Don’t Love Me”

Scott Bernstein March 26, 2012, 12:25:37

Also, Anton Fig (from David Letterman’s band) sat in on drums during “Soulshine” I believe

MAURY March 26, 2012, 12:50:28


MAURY March 26, 2012, 12:50:30


Richard March 26, 2012, 16:25:45

Probably worth mentioning that Jimmy Hall was a founding member and the lead singer of Wet Willie.

fred March 26, 2012, 13:51:31

I knew something reeked in the bathroom.

sharkbait March 26, 2012, 13:52:37

Extremely disappointed! The show should have been cancelled, or postponed. It was not the Allman Bros without an Allman. Poor decision on the bands part to go on without Gregg. Hope he is feeling better soon but I won’t.

Zimi Ahzrix March 26, 2012, 14:00:19

Butch don’t give a damn who is on stage at an “Allman Brothers Band” gig.
Just sell tix and swag. His Chateau need upkeep.

Rob Denaburg March 26, 2012, 14:11:03

I saw Junior Mack at B.B. King’s in NY. It wasn’t a busy night, so I was able to talk to him, buy a CD and get it autographed, etc. He was a great guy, and an even better performer. I would do anything to see the footage of him on You Don’t Love Me. I’m glad he’s graduated from playing bars alone, this dude deserves some recognition.

beaconfaithful March 26, 2012, 14:12:13

wow, loved every second of this show!

sweets March 26, 2012, 14:17:22

Dont people ever sit down and watch a show ?? Or do they wander around all night aimlessly . Disappointed no Greg .. Spend lots of bucks and got into an accident with cabbie who hit us ,,geeeezzzzzzzz ... Not happy …

Poet John G. March 26, 2012, 17:42:13

It are what it is and time keep rollin on. Visit The Allman Bros. Band Museum at The Big House in Macon, Georgia.

jay pee March 26, 2012, 20:56:09

sharkbait, if you think gregg needs to be in the band for it to be the allman brothers, you are sorely wrong. they are a band of brothers and the road goes on forever!!

frank vasta March 26, 2012, 21:01:34

Best performance of the past 10 Yrs!!!!

Bassplayer March 27, 2012, 21:52:39

Duane Allman & Raymond Berry Oakley would want there band to be playing on no matter what!!! As they have even without them.. It’s about the music, the fans and the road does go on forever.. I know for a fact that Gregg wanted the show to go on no matter what.. God bless Gregg and the Allman Brothers Band.. Each and every Brother or sister who ever played with them.. The dream is alive and will live on. Why, Because that’s what Duane, Berry, Dickey, Butch, Jaimoe & Gregg dreamed and worked hard to share that dream with the people.. People can you feel it!!!!!!!! To say the band shouldn’t have played is an outrage to them and the wonderful work each and every brother or sister involved with this band has ever done.. The show MUST go on and the road will go on forever… Long live the Allman Brothers Band!!!!!

Sredmoon March 27, 2012, 22:52:11

To Bassplayer…You hit on the nose…thats what the band has always been about..The Music…Not about Who…When Gregg went on…when Dickie…band went on…& so on…Long live The Brothers of The Road

Aunt Jeremiah April 4, 2012, 17:37:59

Wow, this group has really become a joke. The allman brothers without a single allman. Good for them, thank god for the “one percent” shelling out 200 bucks to see this horse shit.

Charles Brown April 6, 2012, 08:46:35

The Allmost Brothers Band….sad really. Not as sad as Furthur, but close.

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