ALLMAN BROTHERS: Haynes, Derek Trucks to Leave After 2014
Allman Brothers Band guitarists Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks have both just announced that they will be leaving at end of 2014.
Haynes has been with the band for 25 years; Trucks, the nephew of original drummer Butch Trucks, for 15. In a joint statement, the two cited their desire to "dig even deeper into" their "various creative and musical endeavors" as their reason for leaving. They say they "will be forever grateful for the opportunity and the experience, and for the love, enthusiasm, and support of the incredible fans."
The two each issued individual statements as well.
Haynes reminisced about joining the band for a reunion tour in 1989 "with no expectations that it would go any further." He says because of the chemistry on that tour, they decided to continue and that "being part of the ABB has opened a lot of doors for me and that's something I don't take for granted. Nor do I take for granted the friendship and musical relationships I have with each of the members. The 45th Anniversary of the ABB is a milestone amidst too many highlights to count and I'm looking forward to an amazing year creating music that only The Allman Brothers Band can create."
This is the second departure from the Allman Brothers for Haynes. The first came in 1997 when he and bassist Allen Woody left to concentrate on Gov't Mule. He rejoined in 2000, shortly after Woody's sudden death.
Trucks recalls being asked to join the Allmans at 19. Citing the sound of Duane Allman's guitar as the reason he picked up the instrument, Trucks says he "leapt at the chance." Being in the band for their 40th anniversary was a big thing for him. He adds, "Five years ago the 45th seemed like a lofty goal, but I thought if we could make it to that milestone it would be a logical time to move on." He feels that his solo project and the Tedeschi Trucks Band, with his wife Susan Tedeschi, are where his "future and creative energy lies."
The Allman Brothers Band play the All My Friends: Celebrating the Songs and Voice of Gregg Allman concert at the Fox Theater in Atlanta on Friday, and have announced 10 dates in March for their annual Beacon Theater run in New York City. They'll also be playing two headlining sets at their annual Peach Music Festival near Scranton, Pennsylvania on August 14th through 17th.