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Published: 2013/03/02

The Allman Brothers Band Open Their Beacon Run with New Covers and Originals

Photo by Dino Perrucci

The Allman Brothers Band kicked off their annual run at New York’s Beacon Theatre last night. Like most of their opening night Beacon shows, The Allman Brothers Band shied away from inviting out any guests during their extended two-set show. However, they debuted both a new original song and a pair of covers during the evening.

The group opened their run with the intro to the classic “Les Brers In A Minor” and moved into “Don’t Want You No More.” Their first set was filled with a mix of ABB covers and originals: “Not My Cross to Bear,” “Statesboro Blues,” “Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More,” “Good Morning Little Schoolgirl,” “Midnight Rider,” “Blind Willie McTell” and “Leave My Blues At Home.” Then, The Allman Brothers Band bookended their first set with the meat of “Les Brers In A Minor.”

Before this year’s Beacon run, drummer Butch Trucks promised that The Allman Brothers Band would debut at least two new original songs and seven different covers. The Allman Brothers kicked off their second set with one of those new covers, a take on The Beatles’ “Rain” sung by Gregg Allman. Warren Haynes told Relix and that Allman based his arrangement of “Rain”—which was originally released as the b-side for “Paperback Writer”—on a version of the song he heard which featured John Lennon on a piano backed by a choir. A little deeper into the set Haynes premiered a new original he wrote for the band called “Dusk Til Dawn.”

Later in the night, The Allman Brothers Band introduced a new cover of The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s “1983… (A Merman I Should Turn to Be).” The Allman Brothers Band wrapped their cover of the song around one of their signature jam vehicles, “Mountain Jam.” Haynes and Gov’t Mule also debuted the classic Hendrix number during their Halloween tribute to the guitar god this past October.

The Allman Brothers Band’s Beacon residency continues this evening.

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

Friday, March 1, Beacon Theatre, New York, NY

Les Brers In A Minor (Intro)
Don’t Want You No More
Not My Cross to Bear
Statesboro Blues
Ain’t Wastin Time No More
Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
Midnight Rider
Blind Willie McTell
Leave My Blues At Home
Les Brers In A Minor (Reprise)

Trouble No More
Dusk Till Dawn*
No One To Run With
Key To The Highway
Don’t Keep Me Wonderin
1983… (A Merman I Should Turn to Be)*->
Mountain Jam ->
1983 ->
Mountain Jam (Reprise)

One Way Out

*first time played

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