Allman Brothers Band Dust Off Old Material at The Beacon
The second night of The Allman Brothers Band’s annual Beacon Theatre run featured an 18-song career spanning setlist and included several bustouts throughout the night.
Kicking things off with the Blind Willie McTell number “Statesboro Blues,” a mainstay in the Allman’s cover repertoire, the group delivered several cuts of note in the first set. ABB played the first “Get On With Your Life” since 1992 followed by a cover of The Beatles’ “Rain.” (A song The Allman Brothers Band dusted off last year.) Bassist Oteil Burbridge’s Allman Brothers original “Egypt” served as the penultimate tune of the first frame, with the first “Hoochie Coochie Man” (Muddy Waters) in two years bringing the set to a close.
The bustouts and surprises continued in the second set, as the recently revived “Blue Sky” (with Warren Haynes on vocals) followed the “Little Martha” set opener. The Dickey Betts’ penned “Seven Turns,” the title track of the band’s 1990 effort, saw its first action since Betts’ departure in 2000. Other performances of note included the also recently revived “Low Down Dirty Mean” as well as the Phil Lesh/Haynes piece, “Spots of Time.”
The final two tunes of the night drew from ABB’s 1973 career defining album, Brothers and Sisters, as “Jessica” closed the set and “Southbound” served as the standalone encore. Another unique aspect of this show was the lack of guests for the second night in a row, a rarity at modern-day Beacon runs.
Allman Brothers Band will take the stage again on March 11 following a few days off. The band has twelve Beacon shows remaining, with the finale coming on March 29.
Here’s a look at the setlist from last night:
The Allman Brothers Band, March 8, 2014, Beacon Theatre, New York, NY
Set I: Statesboro Blues, Come and Go Blues, Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’, Hot ‘Lanta, Rocking Horse, Get On With Your Life, Rain, Egypt, Hoochie Coochie Man
Set II: Little Martha, Blue Sky, Sailin’ ‘Cross the Devil’s Sea, Seven Turns, Black Hearted Woman, Low Down Dirty Mean, Spots of Time, Jessica