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Published: 2014/01/11

Allman Brothers Band, Widespread Panic, Dr. John, Jackson Browne, Zac Brown and Many More Honor Gregg Allman in Atlanta

Widespread Panic, Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks, Dr. John, Jackson Browne, Zac Brown, Vince Gill, Eric Church, Sam Moore, Taj Mahal, The Allman Brothers Band and many more teamed up for “All My Friends: Celebrating the Songs & Voice of Gregg Allman” at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta last night. The rotating cast of musicians was backed by a house band that was led by Don Was, who was also one of the show’s musical directors and who is slated to produce Allman’s next solo album. In addition to Was, the house band also included former Allman Brothers Band keyboardist Chuck Leavell, late ’90s ABB guitarist Jack Pearson, John Mellencamp/ John Fogerty drummer Kenny Aronoff, Wallflowers/Foo Fighters keyboardist Rami Jaffee, a horn section and background singers.

The night kicked off with a rendition of “Come & Go Blues” from (co-musical director) Haynes, who was then joined by Trucks for “End of the Line.” Haynes then exited as Trucks and his wife Susan Tedeschi continued with “Stand Back.” The next artists to take the stage were Devon Allman, Jimmy Hall and Robert Randolph, who did a take on “Can’t Lose What You Never Had.” The trio were followed by legendary soul man Sam Moore, who took the stage for “Please Call Home.” (Allman Brothers Band drummer Jaimoe got his start as a member of Moore’s old duo Sam and Dave’s backing band).

The night kept going with songs from Keb’ Mo’ (“Just Another Rider”), Brantley Gilbert (“Just Before the Bullets Fly”), Dr. John (“Let This Be a Lesson”), Pat Monahan (“Queen of Hearts”) and John Hiatt (“One Way Out”) before Allman finally appeared with Taj Mahal for “Statesboro Blues.” Widespread Panic—whose current guitarist, Jimmy Herring, was once a member of ABB—were next up with a take on “Just Ain’t Easy” and a version of “Wasted Words” that featured Derek Trucks. Trace Adkins then came out for “I’m No Angel” and “Trouble No More,” before being followed by Vince Gill (“Multi-Colored Lady,”) and Martina McBride (“All My Friends” and “Can You Fool,” a song Allman recorded for his out of print Two the Hard Way album with then-wife Cher, with Pat Monahan). Adkins described his segment from the stage as, “This is the coolest thing I’ve ever done in my career!”

Eric Church came next with “Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More” and “Win, Lose or Draw.” Allman then returned with old roommate Jackson Browne for “These Days” and “Melissa” before Browne left the stage and Zac Brown and Vince Gill join him for “Dreams.” The full Allman Brothers Band finally made their appearance for the night’s third and second-to-last songs—“Dreams” and “Whipping Post.” The show then wrapped up as the night’s full cast of musicians performed “Will The Circle Be Unbroken”—a traditional that appears on Allman’s 1974 live album The Gregg Allman Tour.

Atlanta City Councilmember Kwanza Hall also honored Allman during a brief set break. In related news, guitarists Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks recently revealed that they will be leaving The Allman Brothers Band after 2014. The band have also confirmed a 10-night run at New York City’s Beacon Theatre in March.

Here’s a look at last night’s setlist

Friday, January 10, 2013, All My Friends: Celebrating The Songs & voice of Gregg Allman, Fox Theater, Atlanta, GA

“Come & Go Blues” (Warren Haynes)
“End of the Line” (Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks)
“Stand Back” (Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks)
“Can’t Lose What You Never Had” (Devon Allman, Jimmy Hall and Robert Randolph)
“Please Call Home” (Sam Moore)
“Just Another Rider” (Keb’ Mo’)
“Just Before the Bullets Fly” (Brantley Gilbert)
“Let This Be a Lesson To Ya” (Dr. John)
“Queen of Hearts” (Pat Monahan)
“One Way Out” (John Hiatt)
“Statesboro Blues” (Taj Mahal and Gregg Allman)
“Just Ain’t Easy” (Widespread Panic)
“Wasted Words” (Widespread Panic and Derek Trucks)
“I’m No Angel” (Trace Adkins)
“Trouble No More” (Trace Adkins)
“Multi-Colored Lady” (Vince Gill)
“All My Friends” (Martina McBride)
“Can You Fool” (Pat Monahan) and (Martina McBride)
 “Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More” (Eric Church)
“Win, Lose or Draw” (Eric Church) 
“These Days” (Jackson Browne and Gregg Allman)
“Melissa” (Jackson Browne and Gregg Allman)
“Midnight Rider” (Vince Gill, Zac Brown and Gregg Allman)
“Dreams” (The Allman Brothers Band)
“Whipping Post” (The Allman Brothers Band)
“Will the Circle Be Unbroken” (Full cast)

Comments

There are 15 comments associated with this post

samule January 11, 2014, 17:36:00

That looks like it was a kickass show but Jesus Christ! Do you people intentionally include gramatic and spelling errors? I’m not a hater of the site and i don’t usually quibble with a minor error or two but this was just atrocious. I thought this was supposed to be a somewhat professionally run organization. Cean it up!

JB January 11, 2014, 19:06:28

You spelled clean wrong, dipshit.

ummm? January 11, 2014, 19:51:22

what kind of egomaniac plays during a tribute to himself…

CB January 11, 2014, 21:27:10

Tribute to a snitchin’ narc.

Michael January 11, 2014, 21:30:56

Umm….Bob Dylan.

Adam January 12, 2014, 06:04:24

The ABB is the greatest band the USA ever produced. He deserves it.

BobP January 12, 2014, 12:34:47

The show was really good. It was different in the sense that each artist only played one or two songs. I would have liked to see John Hiatt (1 song) and WSP (2 songs) play more. I had never seen Vince Gill before and he was fantastic on the guitar. That was a great part of the show, seeing artists I would not normally go see. I was hoping to see Warren, Derek and Jimmy Herring on stage at one time doing some serious jamming, but that did not happen. Overall, it was really good. First time seeing a show at the Fox Theatre, and that was a very cool venue.

Guy Smiley January 12, 2014, 13:08:40

What’s wrong with GA playing at his own tribute? Christ, Dylan played at Bobfest all those years ago… Most of these things have the honoree coming out late in the program to play, unless of course they’re honoring a dead person. How disappointing would it have been to the fans in attendance if GA just came out and waved to the crowd and walked off? Would you NOT want an ABB performance? Stupid. The “narc” stuff… Christ. The rest of the ABB apparently forgave him, regrouped, and moved on, and it always sounded to me like Gregg was in an untenable situation. Unless you’ve ever been in his shoes, do you know how you’d react? No, Gregg’s “no angel,” but he’s opened up about his problems and seems like a good guy. Say what you want about Dickey Betts getting fired too, but his drunken, violent behavior was something Dickey brought on himself and (apparently) it’s continued to plague him in his post-ABB years (or so I’ve read, from those that have seen him perform recently). It saddens me to say that, but it appears to be true. About Vince Gill… I’d never buy any of his albums or anything, but I saw him at the second Clapton Crossroads festival and he was a pleasant surprise. Fantastic guitarist, and he seems to draw from more influences than just “country.” At the very least, he seems a lot cooler than your typical “big hat,” good ol’ boy redneck types (like, say, Trace Adkins).

A Supporter of Guy January 12, 2014, 14:18:36

Thanks for your input, Guy. I agree. Also, I think Jambands should hire you for your writing. Good job!

greg allman was a snitch January 12, 2014, 16:02:09

greg allman was a snitch-narc-bitch… nobody that wishes a day in jail on even their worst enemy is worth a damned in this society… may have been a great songwriter but a shit bag of a human if you ask someone who’s been to prison because of loser narcs that can’t accept responsibility for their own actions…..... google it. greg allman ratted on scooter herring and will get his for it one of these days….

J Edgar January 13, 2014, 09:29:52

Snitch? I’d love to see how the armchair idealists on this site would handle themselves in the same situation that Gregg was in. With the Dixie Mafia repeatedly threatening your life and the feds telling you to testify against the guy who sold you drugs or spend years in a federal prison, you see this as a no-brainer-don’t-testify?
Please.
You guys would be doing exactly what your lawyer told you to do and you know it.
Of all the stupid comments I have seen on this site, these are the dumbest and that is saying something.

dk70 January 13, 2014, 10:30:03

I really don’t care that Gregg ratted on some lowlife dirtbag at all. The man is the best white blues singer the USA has ever produced and his rock is even better. The amount of good times the ABB has supplied the soundtrack to in my life is immeasurable.

Otto January 13, 2014, 10:49:34

Allman being a snitch is one thing, but the real reason to hate him is because he is a child molester. He was involved with a 15yr old in the 80’s. Her being a victim of his abuse led her to a porn career and then to suicide. He is a real low life piece of shit who deserves all the negative karma that goes his way. Fuck you Gregg Allman junkie child molester.

beavis January 13, 2014, 11:57:13

you spelt mozzarella wrong

Johnny Bravo January 13, 2014, 12:40:35

Is Gregg Allman’s health in serious decline? this tribute show and a movie being made of his book lead me to believe that could be the case. Sad to hear Warren & Derek are leaving after 2014 but all things must pass. as much as I’d like to see Dickey back where he belongs I doubt it will happen. I don’t think his playing is up to par w/ what’s expected. I think they should take a hiatus after 2014 and figure out what the future will be for the best live band ever.

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