ALLMAN BROTHERS: Hittin’ the Note For the Last Time
Band brings their 45-year career to an end tonight (Tuesday) in New York City.
The Allman Brothers Band will bring their 45-year career to an end tonight (Tuesday) with their final show at New York’s Beacon Theater.
Although they formed in Jacksonville, Florida, the Northeast has been the band’s stronghold for years, with Gregg Allman telling us it started in 1971 when promoter Bill Graham booked them into the Fillmore East on New York’s Lower East Side.
Formed in 1969, the original line-up was guitarist Duane Allman, his younger brothers, singer and keyboardist Gregg Allman, singer and guitarist Dickey Betts, bassist Berry Oakley, and drummers Butch Trucks and Jai Johanny “Jaimoe” Johanson.
The only three members left are Gregg Allman along with Trucks and Johanson. Duane Allman was killed in a motorcycle accident in 1971 and Oakley died the same way a year later. They fired Betts in 2000. The band soldiered on until 1982 before regrouping in 1989, making their second act the longest of the two at 25 years.
Gregg, Jaimoe and guitarists Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks will continue to work with their bands, but there is no word on what Derek’s Uncle Butch will do.