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Published: 2014/04/11

Gregg Allman: Allman Brothers Are Not Breaking Up, Derek Trucks To Be Replaced

Gregg Allman says the Allman Brothers Band will not break up after 2014. In a new interview with, the Allman Brothers Band leader said: “As for the rumor of the brothers breaking up after 45 years, in other words, after this year…that is a rumor. We are not breaking up. We are replacing Derek Trucks.”

When pressed to reveal more information about the next incarnation of the iconic band, Allman told, “I ain’t gonna let you in on all of it, brother! You wanna try out?”

As previously reported, Allman Brothers Band guitarists Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks announced that they would be leaving the group after this year to focus on their other projects. Allman later told Relix that the band would stop touring after 2014, but he didn’t rule out the possibility of other future one-off gigs or other reunion performances. The singer/organist plans to focus on his solo band for much of the year and has two new studio albums in the works.

The Allman Brothers Band will perform at the Wanee Festival in Live Oak, FL tonight. It will be their first performance since the band cancelled the last four shows of their annual Beacon Theatre run due to Gregg Allman’s bronchitis.


There are 82 comments associated with this post

Two Ton Terry April 11, 2014, 17:18:02

Greg you so cray

joe April 11, 2014, 17:21:48

i know that dickey betts is not gonna be dereks replacment, but is it wrong of me to fantasize?

todd April 11, 2014, 17:25:09

Well Gregg you can’t even make it through a Beacon stand anymore but you are going to keep going. That is some funny stuff. 10 shows and the originals managed to play 7 of them. Tell people the truth Gregg instead of the bs about bronchitis.

Dave April 11, 2014, 17:26:03

Will It Be Mike Mizwinski?

Jeff April 11, 2014, 17:26:30

Allman’s without Trucks and Haynes could end up being so meh. Sounds like Gregg lied about it being the last year for Allman Brothers to boost tour sales and bookings for 2014. Won’t be the last time Gregg lied since he’s a notorious snitch. He could be senile of some sort these days considering how he got all kinds of angry and bitter about Oteil Burbrudge’s touring and side projects few months ago. First he said Oteil was leaving the band which wasn’t true and then shortly after Trucks and Haynes announce they are moving on. Then Gregg says no more Allman’s and now he says Allman’s are back on sans Trucks and Haynes. Getting hard to follow.

PM April 11, 2014, 17:36:44

Let it go

Rick April 11, 2014, 17:44:26

Unless you guys know what the fuck you are talking about for sure then shut the hell up!!! ^^^^^ you make it sound like Greg owes you something! 45 years!!!!

Eric April 11, 2014, 17:45:16

Announced breakup now seems like just a ploy to sell more Beacon tickets.

todd April 11, 2014, 17:46:47

I do know what I am talking about and I also know how to spell Gregg’s name after 45 years.

sco April 11, 2014, 17:59:20

This is getting real confusing to follow… wtf does Greg want? Why go solo now? Who will replace Warren and Derek? One-off gigs?? LOL

George Axiotis April 11, 2014, 18:03:32

Gregg and Dickey need to patch things up for the long time fans who want to see them play together again. Thats the lineup that my generation grew to love.

Rick April 11, 2014, 18:04:56

Pfffft! Yup. (shakes head)

brotherbill April 11, 2014, 18:09:42

Crazyfun- am looking forward to future ABB gigs with Adele Dazeem

Aron Manger of Aron Magner Presents Aron Magner's The Disco Biscuits April 11, 2014, 18:17:14

the beacon would have sold out no matter what. they always do.

Jeff April 11, 2014, 18:18:51

It’s funny you say “if anyone does’t know what they are talking about for sure, then shut up.” Gregg Allman doesn’t even know for sure what he’s talking about anymore. It really is sad to witness.

tellsemlikeIsmellsem!!!!! April 11, 2014, 18:40:24

how do you replace the irreplaceable? dickey betts can’t even fill dereks shoes…. greg is going bat-shit crazy…...... interested to see who these heavy hitters are!!! should get john mclaughlin and frank gambale to slay these tunes(yeah right, like they would actually do it?) .... or maybe widespread slapdick breaks up and the white wizard gets on board again ( more realistic approach)....

Jillies April 11, 2014, 18:52:35

Did Gregg make it through the entire interview without shitting his pants? The load goes on forever.

KZ April 11, 2014, 18:53:08

If Betts could actually pull it off I am sure that he would be there. It is a shame.My money says there will just be several versions of solo band next year and one or two might be called ABB. Actually Devon could come pretty close to filling Dereks spot. Close enough. he has gotten really good.And what about Haynes ?Where does he stand in all of this.

derek harrison April 11, 2014, 18:53:44

IMO....they are done…the 2greatest guitarists are leaving….theyre over… it a great careeer instead of drivin it into the ground…

Jake April 11, 2014, 19:11:17

Sonny Landreth?

JP76 April 11, 2014, 19:46:40

Whether or not ABB continues in some form, this year is the last chance to see the longest-lasting and best (post-original) version of the band. While I’m sure they can throw together a decent band in the future it’s hard to imagine the next incarnation ever having enough time to gel like this one.

Gregg fan April 11, 2014, 19:52:16

I wouldn’t mind just seeing Gregg continue with Gregg and friends only.

PM April 11, 2014, 19:59:43

is Warren in or out?

dc April 11, 2014, 20:22:27

Would Haynes stay to partner with Jack Pearson on guitar?
Or was Gregg being so sarcastic we all missed his point?

lifetimefan April 11, 2014, 20:27:59

Not at all surprising to hear the big cat make that statement. Derek and Warren Haynes are incredible players. That doesn’t take away the fact that the original brothers can still play up a storm if healthy. Same with Dickey Betts. If Gregg stays healthy along with Butch and Jaimoe and they want to continue on, there is no reason whatsoever to hang it up now. Like Dickey said awhile ago – if I had to go out there in leather tights at my age it might be a problem.That’s not the case with the brothers and their type of music and their ability to play it transcends age. Christ, they could call Dickey and a couple others and go with three guitarists and add a Ron Holloway on sax and you still got a freight train. And IMHO I think Warren could be having second thoughts about leaving and might still play a role going forward. Gregg, Butch, and Jaimoe, should just end the damn feud with Dickey and give him a real call and talk all the bullshit out and give it another go. All these cats have had their own cross to bear all these years. It’s about time they let whatever differences they have take a backseat to what everybody wants. And that is Dickey Betts back with the brothers for another run through the 50 anniversary. What could possibly be gained by all the original brothers by not putting the whole feud behind them before it’s too late. I can never understand how both sides can’t make it right and make amends. People can say what they want but a revamped ABB with Dickey back in the fold is what a lot of people want to see and will pay to see it big time.

KB April 11, 2014, 21:28:17

lifetime fan you hit all the nails on all the heads. Well said.

mr.stik April 12, 2014, 00:16:24

Dickey is worse off than Gregg. Does Jack Pearson sing, cuz Gregg can’t do it by himself. No one has mentioned Bonamassa. Good guitarist, he can sing, and likes playing in bands other than his own solo band. Bloodline , Black Country Communion. Or maybe Marc Ford or Audley Freed?

Woody April 12, 2014, 02:46:11

The best incarnation of post-original ended with Woody’s passing….Oteil is too soft.

Enough with Dickey April 12, 2014, 02:59:48

It’s been 14 years, can we get over the fact that Dickey Betts will never play with the Allman Brothers again? Can’t we get through one ABB story without 500 people begging Gregg and Butch to forgive Dickey? They hate him. He hates them. Dickey was an absolute BASTARD to them for many of the years they played together. He is also the reason that they limited their set lists to the same few songs every night. He is a phenomenal guitar player, no doubt, but he is a complete prick, and he’s frankly lost a lot of his talent in the past 15 years or so.

Duane April 12, 2014, 03:03:20

Of all the horrible ideas about who should replace Derek, Joe Bonamassa is the worst. How anyone could like him is beyond me. He is the most insufferably contrived guitar player of all time. I mean that’s like suggesting Eddie Van Halen or John Mayer. Jesus. They’ll never replace Derek and Warren, and if they did, I would assume Chuck Leavell would be involved again.

Mitch April 12, 2014, 07:41:00

Please not Bonamassa. He is horrible. He makes Satriani look good. How about Quinn Sullivan.?

tostonesfix April 12, 2014, 10:06:44

It will probably be Gregg, Jr. I concur with those who say this is sad. C’mon Gregg, just let it go. There ain’t no Allman Bros. anymore. Derek and Warren were the only reason the shows remained entertaining.

endoftheline April 12, 2014, 10:26:34

The ABB is a BluesRock Institution, a foundation of a genre of music which has been emulated by millions of musicians over the years. Show some respect…
pearls before swine. Ever try to keep a band together?

Treygo Mifipago April 12, 2014, 10:35:43

Saw Dickey sit in w ABB in south florida at a Phil/ABB show… Good stuff and nobody seemed to be harboring any ill will… How about Robert Randolph, thoughts anyone?

DANKERATOR April 12, 2014, 10:58:38


pm April 12, 2014, 11:41:38

How about Buckethead?

brotherbill April 12, 2014, 13:54:45

Rich Robinson Luther Dickinson Jackie Green Marc Ford – the list goes on forever

todd April 12, 2014, 14:45:22

Ah Dickey sat in with the PLQ 3 times but he sure as heck never sat in with the Allmans treygo. That is your imagination.

S April 13, 2014, 01:09:34

They’ll get someone great & probably unexpected. More importantly, what happens now to WANEE? Tonights set was sick! Friday was pretty good, a lil off here n there as far being in sync, but tonite they had it all together and a great set list. I listened on Sirius so I couldn’t see, but who sang Seven Turns?

Dave Crockett April 13, 2014, 03:15:41

Warren with Otiel sang Seven Turns.

matt mcalum April 13, 2014, 09:08:46

The majority of these posts have to be pretty entertaining to the musicians whom people treat like politics or any other topic that breeds hypocrites like mosquitoes. Oteil is too soft?, the idea of what greg said at this interview or regardless of the topics. First of all most of you have no idea what it takes to tour, stay healthly musically and physically. And the haters that I hear after every show, that always have something to bitch about. Be glad you live in a country that has endless options for music and try to find the good in it. It seems everyone focuses on the negative aspects. If you had the opportunity to meet these guys and see what they are really like, judgement would not norm. Those who do not play music. Give it a try instead of going on tour and going home to bitch about what could or should. A bunch of spoiled brats. Think about it, it could be so much worse.

Billy LeRoux April 13, 2014, 10:28:43

What The What? FORGET Dickey Betts, he just doesn’t have it anymore. Sadly. Saw him 2 summers ago and it was one of the larger musical disappointments in my life.

Soul Stu April 13, 2014, 15:51:48

I’ve been reaching out to some of my friends who have friends who work for ABB and they gave me the inside scoop. Rumor is Dickey’s rejoining the band but instead of Jack Pearson, he’s bringing Slash from GNR to replace Derek and Lemmy from Motorhead to replace Oteil, so the basslines won’t be so “soft” as that one guy put it. They’re going into the studio in 2015 to record a new album of original material. I heard Devon Allman is going to produce the new record and work double-duty as Slash and Lemmy’s guitar/bass techs, so he’ll still be in the fold and will probably sit in regularly. Music’s gonna go in a slightly new direction but thats what its about! I’m psyched! Can’t wait!!!

lifetimefan April 13, 2014, 15:53:31

You’re welcome to your opinion of course Billy Leroux but the vast majority of posts claiming Dickey Betts “doesn’t have it anymore” come from Dickey Betts haters with a grudge and people who NEVER liked Dickey’s style. You’re opinion is far from the truth. Off nights ? Yes, Dickey has occasional off nights and sound problems like a lot of players. Nobody is on every show especially when there are health issues in play that go with advancing age. The vast majority of fans know better than to take the Dickey Betts bashing for anything other than what it is…utter and complete nonsense. Dickey Betts still brings the house down more often than not and hasn’t lost anything when he’s on. That’s my opinion and the vast majority of Dickey Betts and ABB fans agree. The bashing and hatred of a living legend is pathetic and the vast majority of it comes from people who were knee high to a grasshopper when Dickey Betts was making his bones with the ABB band and know nothing other than the current incarnation of the band with Derek and Warren. They are great players and no Dickey Betts fan disputes that. No real ABB band will bash Derek or Warren whether they like their style or not as no real ABB band fan would be so ignorant to bash Dickey Betts past, current, and future abilities or his contributions as an original brother in the band. Cheers

v April 13, 2014, 16:14:04

what will be will be.

Norton April 13, 2014, 22:43:07

If Oteil leaves with Warren & Derek, I would pay to see Allman, Butch, Jaimoe, Chuck Leavell, Jack Pearson, Junior Mack and Dave Stoltz play together as the Allman Brothers Band for the Beacon run and select festivals. It would be a great band that would do the ABB name justice.

gregg fan April 14, 2014, 06:35:35

I think they will continue to play the Beacon and wanee fest. david Grissom is one guy who can sure play. Jack pearson is amazng but has severe ear problems.

anon April 14, 2014, 12:23:58

why is Greg information always changing, I don’t know what to believe anymore, maybe Gregs new 20 something girlfriend is another Yoko OH NO!!! just a joke guessing, my opinion

anon April 14, 2014, 12:40:51

didn’t Derick Trucks band get a Grammy ? I don’t think Greg did ? Derick is more talented than Greg that’s might be the problem, new wife doing a lot of gossip I hear,???

cap'n April 14, 2014, 12:53:15

I always enjoy reading these comments… so funny how everyone speculates and judges… IT IS what IT IS. Dickey and his family are wonderful people with tons of talent and real human qualities not often seen or read about in the “INDUSTRY” Smile and rock on br’ers

psychic April 14, 2014, 13:22:24

After the terrible incident with the train and the girl that lost her life. , on the set of his life story . so much tragedy why would anyone want to keep this band going Bad vibes and Karma maybe a higher force is telling them to stop I don’t think the other two members of the band that are now on the other side.. would want this band to still be playing or a movie made call me psychic,

Mole April 14, 2014, 20:27:01

Amen, brotherbill. Luther Dickinson indeed!

rick alovis April 15, 2014, 07:26:18

There are many great guitarists that would love to join the Allman Bros. Band at least for a year or so. If Gregg wants to keep it going all the power to him.
Luther Dickinson
Kenny Wayne Shepard
Bonnie Raitt
Garry Clark Jr.
Joe Bonamassa
Jonny Lang
Johnny Winter Do a rotating slot, like Phil and Friends do. The Road Goes On…

jambandguy April 15, 2014, 16:46:42

People are funny. If you hate go away. I’m just glad they didn’t quit each time there was adversity or line up change. Otherwise we never would have had this spectacular line up.

yelnick mc wawa April 15, 2014, 18:05:19

Sounds like a bunch of women argueing. Cut Gregg some slack man, the dude has been around the block more than 16 times. With Derek that is easy nobody can fill his kicks and with ted>trucks>band and his kids there is only so much time in a day. Warren being the hardest working man in show biz since James Brown passed RIP,should take a few days off and just relax in some sunny southern weather. Relax everybody Live your life because No matter what comes down the mission always looks the same.

John April 16, 2014, 00:44:38

So now they are replacing Dereck Trucks instead? I don’t understand any of this. Maybe they should just breathe some new life into the band and replace Dereck with a member from Twiddle or The Jimmy Law Band. Someone who won’t quit. I’m not hating on the band, I just hate seeing members go.

Richard Freitag April 16, 2014, 12:03:49


R Walsh April 16, 2014, 13:29:53

Liftetimefan raises some good points, great post. By some of the comments coming out of the ABB camp lately, it is a little confusing and contradictory. Anyway, whatever they do decide to do…it seems as if the live shows haven’t suffered a bit when everyone is in tow. I haven’t been able to catch them yet this year, but I read lots and lots of fan postings, and it seems they’re still excellent. A couple of thoughts maybe if Derek and Warren do indeed leave at the end of 2014. Bringing back Jack Pearson, seems to me to a wise choice. Maybe adding Devon Allman or someone from the bloodlines? It will be interesting.

Alexa April 16, 2014, 13:42:10

Are we seriously all going to give our 5 cents on who should be the replacement? It’s best to just let the Brothers decide, they’ve made good choices so far. John I am familiar with Twiddle, why would one of the brothers want to break up Twiddle just so they can have one of their members for their own? They know it would make them look bad. Same goes for Jimmy Law (although I’m not as familiar with him, I doubt his band members would appreciate the decision)

Stoke April 16, 2014, 14:26:49

Ok I can solve everyone’s problem right now. There is really quite a simple solution. We bring Jimi Hendrix and Jerry Garcia back from the dead, take the guys from Slightly Stoopid, throw on the newbies that are Twiddle and Jimmy Law, take Gregg Alman and Oteil and they form one big GIANT super jam band that we can all listen to and roll a blunt to. Problem solved. YOU’RE. WELCOME.

Slammin89 April 16, 2014, 14:45:33

oh yeah, bringing Hendrix back for the dead. Why didn’t Gregg think of that before…

RST April 16, 2014, 18:19:35

Sonny Landreth

RST April 16, 2014, 18:33:23

Sonny Landreth

Yep April 17, 2014, 03:02:09

Luther & Anders Osborne
/ thread? p.s. If Gary Clark, Jr. wasn’t his own tidal wave these days, then my vote would go to Luther and Gary —- but Gary’s big timing it, yo’s. The guy is getting up there on national TV with Macca for super band renditions of “LIB” and getting multiple camera nods at the grammy’s for for Gods sake!
Warner Bros. PR FTW.

BK April 17, 2014, 16:33:52

Scott Sharrard can play all the ABB stuff…

mark April 18, 2014, 12:43:06

They are now trying to Boycott Greggs movie midnight rider, they have a fb page I refuse to work on midnight rider..anyone heard about this,

Joe Lucido April 20, 2014, 18:42:04

Hell, I just wish they would come back to Detroit in any formation, they have skipped us for the last 4 or 5 years. I don’t know what they have against Detroit, but come on guys, get your butts back here at least one more time, before you go and do something stupid, like break up. Derek and Warren are both great players and capture the original line up, of Duane and Dickey as good as anyone can. Would personally like to see that formation.

Jake April 22, 2014, 05:15:47

Some of you punks need to shut the fuck up talking all that shit bout Gregg. Dude’s been doing this for 45 years.

Todd April 22, 2014, 13:02:25

Bring back Duane. Detroit isn’t the only city being dissed. ABB haven’t played South Florida since 2009, and their roots down here run deep from their early days.

Why not? April 22, 2014, 17:31:27

How about Eric Clapton and Jack Pearson for an arena tour? Seriously, why not?

susan April 22, 2014, 17:43:59

don’t mess with the kid! gregg can say or sing whatever he pleases don’t like it we don’t care
cause love is everywhere dig?

susan April 22, 2014, 17:58:22

i know that is right talking trash bout Gregg is bad mojo

Gregg fan April 22, 2014, 21:11:35

Love Gregg. But really? Does Warren know he is still in the band even after he announced he was leaving too. I don’t take anything Gregg says in interviews seriously. Gregg how are all those albums you have been working on for years???

DF April 25, 2014, 20:01:31

Gregg made another public statement at Wanee (April 11th, Friday AM during Galadrielle Allman’s book presentation), saying the break up is a rumor and they have ‘too much music to play’. Nothing about replacing Derek Trucks. Maybe there has been a change of heart, but I like the first announcement/press release: Derek and Warren and leaving after this year, and Gregg Allman and Friends next year.

DF April 25, 2014, 20:05:55

... And maybe Wanee, Beacon, etc. for some ‘one off’ or ‘reunion’ gigs.

Tommy May 16, 2014, 20:40:43

When Betts was seperated from the band they shouldnt have continued. Those cats dont need the bread!

Hugh June 10, 2014, 19:35:05

iBeing an ABB fan-atic, I would like to see the original members Give JOE WALSH a call!!! Duane showed Joe HIS slide technique. If you are a JW fan you will know his brilliant guitar playing with THE JAMES GANG. However on his solo albums his slide has always sounded so similar toDuane’s, and yet so true Joe’s own style! Get Dickey back and those two guys would have fun together, life is too short, especially when these guys have these rare God given gifts. To Greg and Dickey you owe it to yourselves FIRST, NOT to leave this earth without making amends regardless who was right and who was wrong.Build a bridge and GET OVER IT!!! We ABB fan-tics will always want to hear you. Joe Walsh with the ABB,assisting in writing and playing. Come on Butch and Jaimoe I hope all you brothers find this idea a true possibility. Throw in Duane Betts and Devon Allman for additional young blood. You guys still and must continue to set the bar for all of the new kids that want to explore good music. Get Crackin!!!

Jack October 19, 2014, 18:39:33

Damn, I know the perfect guitarist to replace either one of them. He was born to be in that band! But he is a relative unknown. I wish there was a way to reach-out to them?

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Keith Schultz May 15, 2015, 11:57:11

I have been a brothers fan since they started I was at the Filmore when they recorded live at the Fillmore I’ve have seen them at least 20 times I named one of my daughters
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