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Published: 2014/01/01

Allman Brothers Confirm 10 Night Beacon Theatre Residency, Oteil Denies He’s Out

The Allman Brothers Band have announced that they will make their way to The Beacon Theatre in New York City for a ten-night residency between March 7 and March 22. The group will perform at the venue on March 7, 8, 11, 12, 14, 15, 18, 19, 21 and 22—with tickets to the shows going on sale January 10 at 10am ET. These shows will celebrate the band’s 45th anniversary.

In an interesting turn of events, Rolling Stone posted a quote from Gregg Allman indicating that longtime ABB bassist Oteil Burbridge would be leaving the group to continue his work with the Zac Brown Band. However Burbridge quickly denied that was the case via a post on his website, which reads:

Wow, what a surprise to wake up on the first day of 2014 to a wildfire in the rumor mill!

For the record…. It was an amazing experience recording and playing with the Zac Brown Band and with Dave Grohl in November. It was an awesome time and a reunion of sorts for me with old friends Chris Fryar, Penn Robertson, and Eric Pretto (the drummer, bass tech and guitar tech for ZBB, respectively) who I’ve known for over a decade. I am proud to be part Zac’s record.

2014 will mark the beginning of my 16th year with the Allman Brothers and as we celebrate the bands 45th anniversary, it reminds me what a huge part of my musical life this incredible band has been. I’m really grateful and proud to be such a big part of the ABB history. And we ain’t done yet!

I certainly hope to work with the Zac Brown Band again in the future. They are incredibly talented and great guys. Wherever I land in the future, I hope my fans understand that my primary concern is for the wellbeing of my family and will continue to bring you the highest level of groove and improv that I can muster.

Peace, Love & Happy New Year!

He also posted a message on Facebook explaining, “Hi friends! Word on the street is that Oteil has left the Allman Brothers Band. We’re here to assure you that that is not true and he will be playing with the Allman Brothers throughout 2014. Happy New Year and thank you to all the fans for your support!”

In related news, the producers of the forthcoming Gregg Allman biopic Midnight Rider recently revealed that All-American Rejects frontman Tyson Ritter will be playing Allman in the film.


There are 9 comments associated with this post

smile January 1, 2014, 17:58:37

sounds like Gregg is butt hurt Oteil is playing with zac ..what a d -bag ..

Tony Menown January 1, 2014, 18:21:15

Sounds like Rolling Stone is doing their (now common) brand of sensational journalism again.

John January 1, 2014, 21:04:48

What a relief! I can’t imagine the ABB without Oteil. He’s the best.

Kim January 1, 2014, 22:42:24

Gregg plays with ZBB on occasion, too. Glad Oteil is sticking around!

kidman zeale January 2, 2014, 06:40:07

Oteil says: “ wherever I land in the future” “best for family” ALL indications he will eventually leave the ABB. When…? 2015 is my guess. Sounds like a baseball player. But he rocks and sometimes an artist needs a new venue (band) to re-kindle the fire of creativity.

Johnny E January 2, 2014, 12:55:11

Been to more ABB shows than I should. This is hard to do but try to focus on Oteil while Derek and Warren are wailing. He“s just as amazing as them!

allman fan January 3, 2014, 06:31:40

I wouldn’t blame oteil at all for eventually leaving. The brothers are winding down and have not released an album since 2003.

joe January 10, 2014, 13:31:45

with warren and derrek both saying 2014 is their last year with the ABB, i could see the band goin into retirment, didnt derek say somethinga bout betts playing with them on the 45th anniversy tour? or did i dream that?

allman fan January 12, 2014, 15:44:04

Hopefully gregg ,butch and jaimoe sit down and decide what they are going to do about the band,most likely oteil will leave too.

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