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Published: 2014/04/21

Gregg Allman Unable to Perform Two Australian Shows Due to Wrist Injury

Gregg Allman will not perform during the next two shows of his Australian tour scheduled for tonight at Sydney’s Enmore Thretre and Melbourne’s The Forum on Wednesday.

Allman is still ailing from a wrist injury that forced him to relieve his organ duties to Kofi Burbridge during The Allman Brothers Band’s finale at Wanee Music Festival. All of this follows Allman’s battle with bronchitis in March, forcing the ABB to cancel the remaining four shows of their Beacon Theatre run.

The shows will continue each night, however, with extended sets from opening acts Gov’t Mule and Devon Allman. Ticket purchasers will be able to receive a full refund if they choose not to attend the show but these will only be available until midnight day of the performance. For those that choose to attend the show, tickets will be $80 and the difference will be refunded to the purchaser. With any questions regarding ticketing please go to the original place of purchase.

Bluesfest Touring issued a statement via their Facebook about the cancellation:

Bluesfest Touring regret to inform that Gregg Allman will not be able to perform his Sydney show at the Enmore Theatre on Monday 21st April or his Melbourne show at The Forum on Wednesday 23rd April due to a severe wrist injury worsening since his arrival to Australia. Gregg Allman broke his wrist not long before the tour commenced and since, his injury has unexpectedly worsened leaving him in severe pain and unable to perform. Gregg will be returning to the US immediately to seek medical treatment.

Gov’t Mule, fronted by the visionary singer-guitarist Warren Haynes who has been the six- string mainstay and a vocalist for the Allman Brothers Band and Devon Allman, Gregg Allman’s son who has appeared in his father’s band as well as the Allman Brothers Band will be performing an extended set each.

Ticket purchasers will be able to receive a full refund if they choose not to attend the show but these will only be available until midnight day of the performance. With any questions regarding ticketing please go to the original place of purchase.

We apologise to Gregg Allman fans who were looking forward to his appearance. We wish Gregg Allman a fast recovery and look forward to his return to Australia.

Allman performed at the Byron Bay Bluesfest as scheduled on April 18 and 19. Warren Haynes sat in with Allman and his solo band during the shows, including on a song he co-authored, “Just Before The Bullets Fly,” on April 19.


There are 28 comments associated with this post

derpa April 21, 2014, 15:00:00

dude, just stop already. this was already comical, now it’s just sad. but that one beacon show I went to was…just OK. thank god for warren and derek though, may want to rethink trying to carry on without those two.

burning_beard April 21, 2014, 15:42:47

^^ what derp said.
ain’t wastin’ time no more.

sad is right April 21, 2014, 15:44:19

Greg stop booking shows if you can’t finish tours and dates you’ve already booked! This is turning into a gamble. Get it together, complete the Beacon run and finish the year. You are embarrassing yourself, the band, and fans. And wasting my time and $

GAMBLERS ROLL!! April 21, 2014, 15:51:25

well he’s got a lot of child support to pay!

Black hearted Band April 21, 2014, 16:02:29

Gregg please close out this year with Derek and Warren and hang it up. There is nothing to prove here.

Fred McMurray April 21, 2014, 16:08:59

Time for Gregg to stay home and get some rest. I wish him well whatever he chooses to do.

dk70 April 21, 2014, 16:34:07

Wow lots of hate for Gregg. Take a step back and think of all of the great music and great times he’s given YOU. Then….....

The Last to Know April 21, 2014, 16:42:48

Can anyone in the community shed some light on what is really going on here? This is getting ridiculous, and completely out of hand, but what is truly happening. Unless someone comes forward with a reasonable explanation, it will be left up to the imaginations of idiots like Dj Damage and Dave the Slave.

off the wagon April 21, 2014, 16:56:32

That’s the word on the street…don’t know how accurate it is…

off the wagon April 21, 2014, 16:58:19

bronchitis cover for drinking & perhaps other extracirriculars

Tostonesfix April 21, 2014, 16:58:25

I don’t think anyone is “hating” on Gregg Allman. I think people, rightfully so in my opinion, are fed up with a guy who can’t make it though a 10 night run aThe Beacon and then books a bunch of solo dates only to cancel them at the last minute. If I were a festival promoter and I had Gregg booked at my festival, I’d be pissed, especially if he were one of the bigger names on the bill. The guy is clearly not well enough to play live music any more. Most people here are just suggesting that he retire gracefully or take enough time off so that he can fullfill his obligations.

derpa April 21, 2014, 17:33:02

Tostonesfix nailed it. Definitely no hate coming from me, it’s just hard to spend my hard earned money on what has become a train wreck. It’s kind of a big deal for some of us to take time off work, hop in a train/plane/car, and go to the Beacon for a show or two. More than that, for HIS own health, someone close to him needs to tell him that it’s getting to be that time…either retire or rest up so you can fulfill those obligations.

lifetimefan April 21, 2014, 17:46:38

Christ, can people cut the guy some slack here. Obviously, Gregg Allman has been through the bad health ringer for awhile with the liver transplant and other stuff. As a fan I give Gregg Allman or any of the original brothers the benefit of the doubt and hope for the best outcome. Same With Dickey Betts when he has had health issues and such in the past. These people are human beings like the rest of us, not infallible machines. The piling on is wacky, ungrateful, and uncalled for in my opinion. That is one reason why I hated to see Butch and Gregg and some fans piling on Dickey with outrageous claims and wild rumors and airing any dirty laundry in the press after the split. Gregg Allman and all the original brothers deserve respect and the benefit of the doubt the same way Dickey Betts did regardless of the split. All these cats have earned it regardless of their differences. Cut the big cat some slack. I’m pretty sure Gregg Allman wants to perform at a high level as much as the fans want to see it. When he’s ready he’ll be back on stage as long he can do it and wants to. And just for the record and for those that think Dickey Betts is washed up like they’re now claiming Gregg is. Dickey Betts and Great Southern by all reports just put on three blistering shows and tore it up in the recent mid west swing last week. I fully expect Dickey to tear the roof off in Macon in May as I fully expect Gregg Allman to be tearing it up on his tour dates in the future once he gets healthy enough again. Damn, we can be so fickle when it comes to the music, the brothers, and this band sometimes. It’s all good and the health of these cats comes first.

Patrick April 21, 2014, 18:29:22

Exactly why I didn’t go to Wanee. Not trying to hate but he sounded like shit…he should just quit before he becomes a sad story about one who totally unwinds and continues for the cash

drasticjasper April 21, 2014, 18:53:47

Much love for Gregg Allman and get well soon bro

bg April 21, 2014, 19:48:12

FOH cut down the main in the peanut gallery! Get well soon! bg

Dave the slave April 21, 2014, 20:28:15

I sure hope he gets better, but at some point you have to wonder if he should be touring anymore. Unlike Trey and Phish, who are at their touring prime and are releasing great new material, not least of which is the entirety of Wingsuit. I don’t know why DJ Damage and I are always lumped together.

dave the slave April 21, 2014, 22:46:51

Yes Phish is in their prime. Their next good show will be their first good show. I wonder if they have ever thought about taking lesions. That might help but I doubt it Good news for the Phans is that the drugs make up for what the music lacks. It takes lots of drugs to make Phish sound good.

Byron blues April 22, 2014, 06:30:42

Just saw the 2 shows in Byron bay after last seeing gregg allman band in 2010. I thought his singing was excellent, and his Hammond playing ok but not great. Other than his arm he looked in very good health. They were working out arrangements on the fly for songs he couldn’t play guitar for like Melissa and midnight rider – and it sounded great!
The highlight off me was sharrard – I feel sorry for any guitarist who had to follow warren on the same stage (sat night mule was the best I’ve ever seen). Sharrard has a great tone, quotes the original guitar parts only occasionally, and can the explode like a young dickey betts or even Eric clapton when needed. But more tasteful. He has improved enormously since I saw him last and I hope he has a long career ahead of him.
Anyway – I’m not worried about gregg’s health! Other highlight of this festival – Jason isbell – brilliant songs, great performer

Rico Tejas April 22, 2014, 07:19:45

All you haters, realize this: Gregg is 67 years old, and had a liver transplant in 2010 as a result of Hepatitis C he got from a tattoo. Don’t judge unless you’ve been there. Oh, and lest you forget, his brother and one of his best friends died when he was young.

MoDawg April 22, 2014, 07:52:49

Attended Wanee this year and can’t remember when Gregg’s voice sounded so strong. He spent the week with family and friends and fell from his golf cart, injurying his wrist. I have witnessed him being propped up behind the B-3 before, but there was nothing to indicate he had relapsed this time. It was truly an injury. He was looking forward to the Aussie trip and feel that if there was anyway he thought that he could make it through the show, he would.
The nay sayers have it wrong this time and it is shameful.

Phil April 22, 2014, 08:14:37

Not seeing a lot of support for a man that has brought a lifetime of music and good vibes to us all. Think back through your years and you’ll start to remember the ABB sounds being the sound track through different milestones of your life on this spinning ball. It would have been a different ride without the boys. We all age and our bodies start to hurt. I’m as well a musician and suffer at times with chronic pain and have to cancel a gig. So Cheers to you Mr.All man!! Keep on keep in’ on! You rocked Charlotte! You keep playing and I’ll keep coming out to share the vibe! Thank you for a life of wonderful music. Thank you for being you. Rest up, feel better soon brother! You’ve done good and you don’t owe us sh##.
Peace, Love and Happiness
Phil (Charlotte NC)

Rick Idioto April 22, 2014, 09:00:47

I love Gregg so this is a shame, but who is the jive turkey saying Gregg got Hep C from a tattoo? Come on that’s like Phil getting it from drinking. Gregg was a very active Heroin and Cocaine user for the better part of 35 years. He got Hep C shooting junk as did his former ex wife Savanahh the old school porn star. She’s taking it in the bum on the great set in the sky now. This is all common knowledge. A tattoo? That’s hysterical. Read the guy’s book.

Doug April 22, 2014, 09:09:32

4 Beacon shows owed to the ticket holders, for better or worse, the band should finish the run promptly. A real let down to say the least.

Dave the slave April 22, 2014, 10:13:50

For those of you let down by these shows, I invite you all to the Gathering of the Juggalos, Where there is no limit to the amount of obese ho’s, Where the trailer crowds petal into a great greasy rose, And meth can be snorted off trucker’s down-belows, And if we shower at all it’s in vats of Faygo, so despite all you haters I really can flow!

Clive Bigsby April 22, 2014, 13:09:39

With all the respect in the world, please hang it up Gregg. Or at least take some time off and regroup. Although, I would of been stoked to be at that Australian show, knowing I would be getting a full Mule set instead of a Gregg Allman set, but that’s in my own opinion.

VC April 23, 2014, 19:24:44

Gregg broke his left wrist at Wanee on Friday 4-11. His GF was driving him around the Suwanee Music Park in a golf cart, and somehow had an accident , whic resulted in the broken wrist. At the ER, they told Gregg he needed surgery on the wrist, but he refused and told them just to put a cast on it !!

Smilingpj April 27, 2014, 18:21:02

Gregg broke his wrist on Friday at Wanee…he was in severe pain Friday night and sang little. He made it through Saturday night singing up a storm. If anyone has suffered a broken anything, you know that sometimes there are complications, there is always pain. Some things you can power through, some things you can’t. Enjoy him when he’s there – when he’s not, dig on Warren and the other first class musicians traveling with him or get your money back. Sometimes, no matter what you do, the show can’t go on – but every musician knows that you try your hardest to get there – which means it is always a last minute cancel. If you are not happy, get your money back as offered.

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