Thursday, March 27, 2008


Today, The Allman Brothers Band announced that thier annual residency at New York's Beacon Theater is being postponed indefinitely. Usually dubbed "March Madness," this year it was scheduled for May. But according to the band's website, Gregg has been getting treatments for Hepatitis C for the past six months. The virus is now out of his system, but he is recovering from the side-effects of the treatment, and he won't be in shape to play by May. They still have a handful of summer gigs that haven't been postponed, so that's a good sign.

I've seen the Allmans a number of times over the years, and they're pretty much always great. I caught them twice in 2007 - once at their own show at Jones Beach, and once at Farm Aid - and they were so good it's just ridiculous. Gregg is one of the great blues/rock singers of all time, but I think he really benefits from guitarist/singer Warren Haynes being in the band, so he doesn't have to sing every song.

Anyway, here's hoping that Gregg recovers and the Brothers return to the Beacon.

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