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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


There are 15 comments associated with this post

Richard Criscione March 2, 2013, 12:15:36

As usual the band that makes the hair on your arms stand up, was ON THE MONEY! Great sound ! I see Butch is now closer to Jaimoe and Mark is on the right side. .Greg’s voice is as good as ever!

Jeremy March 2, 2013, 12:27:37

Yeah!!! They sound great. Gregg is looking and sounding better and Warren looks like he lost some weight haha. I’m really excited about the new material, hope this means a new album in the next year or so!

RR March 2, 2013, 12:33:20

‘Rain’ is not a new cover. They have been playing that song for years! It’s on the “Dreams’ box set.

todd March 2, 2013, 13:38:57

Gregg recorded Rain and it was included on the Allmans Dream box set. Please show me when the Allmans ever played it. The 1983/ Mountain Jam was otherworldly. Gregg was on. New Warren tune was cool. Fun run ahead.

Ca March 2, 2013, 13:58:34

r u sure you r not referring to the Dickey Betts song Rain on the Dreams set? completely dif song than the Beatles/Rain

Ca March 2, 2013, 14:01:02

mybad, u r right, it is the Beatles -Rain on he Dreams boxset..I guess I listen to Dickey’s Rain more often

Peachhead March 2, 2013, 16:34:04

hoping for a Dangerous Dan Toler tribute during the run- props to a great guitarist who helped the ABB going and was overshadowed just because the band has had so many good members

Craig March 2, 2013, 16:50:13

Gregg previously recorded a version of (Lennon/McCartney’s) “Rain” that appeared on the two CD set ‘One More Try – An Anthology.’ It’s not a new cover for Gregg, but it is for the band as far as I know.

Peggy March 2, 2013, 16:58:08

Awesome !! Can’t wait until Friday 3/8 and 3/15.

Cathy doula March 2, 2013, 17:31:00

I can’t wait for 3/8!

Jen March 2, 2013, 18:44:55

Does anyone know who the black and white film was of during intermission?

john March 4, 2013, 12:50:14

both friday and saturday nites shows were outstanding!!!!!!! greg was on cue, didn’t miss a beat, his voice was sharp and the band was off the wall. the guitar licks that warren and derek exchanged were breathtaking! let’s hope they keep this up over the course of the next two weeks!

John March 8, 2013, 14:36:46

March 5th show in my opinion ROCKS!!

steve reynolds March 12, 2013, 13:24:50

hope the guys make it out to the Bay Area (Ca), maybe Mountain Winery, or even Shoreline. I know they know their way.

dc March 13, 2013, 06:06:11

Butch talked of Aug/Sept dates this year…“gotta believe in believin’!...”

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