Gregg Allman Says ABB to Play Six Beacon Shows, No MSG
In a new interview with Radio.com Gregg Allman revealed that the Allman Brothers Band will play six Beacon shows in October to make up for the four that were cancelled following Allman’s battle with bronchitis. The new dates will take place during an eight-day span, including two sets of weekend shows and a pair of mid-week dates.
However, the band will not play the rumored Madison Square Garden finale. “We decided that’s a bad idea. Of all the big rooms, [MSG’s] got the best sound, but nothing sounds like the Beacon.”
He also reiterated that the Allman Brothers are not breaking up but rather replacing Derek Trucks. On current guitarists Warren Haynes and Trucks, Allman said: “It’s like this: No one is the ‘best.’ They’re all different. One is tiramisu, one is crème brûlée. They’re all just sexually delicious.”
As far as his health, Allman says he is feeling “like a million” despite contracting a virus that coated his lungs with mucus, causing unnecessary stress on the heart. “They got me back to normal now,” Allman said. “They looked at my schedule ‘til the end of the year and they said, ‘No wonder, what are you, trying to kill yourself?’”
Allman also said he’s started to get into juicing, health food and has gone vegan. “It’s not easy, man, to find enough to eat. It takes some getting used to! It ain’t biscuits and gravy.”
He will also release a new live album with his new solo band cut from their show at the Grand Opera House in Macon, GA. Next up for the ABB is a slot at Mountain Jam on June 8.