GREGG ALLMAN: Bows Out of Aussie Dates, Duets With Former Roomate
Gregg Allman has been forced to bow out of the remainder of his first Australian tour. According to a statement issued by the promoter, Allman recently broke his wrist and it “unexpectedly worsened, leaving him in “severe pain and unable to perform.”
Allman reportedly has returned to the U.S. for treatment, missing Monday’s show in Sydney and Wednesday’s date in Melbourne, but the shows haven’t been canceled. Openers Gov’t Mule and the Devon Allman Band are playing extended sets to fill the void, but fans can also get a refund. Last month Allman had bronchitis, which resulted in the Allman Brothers having to cut short their annual March residency at New York’s Beacon Theater.
One of the highlights of the upcoming Gregg Allman tribute collection, All My Friends: Celebrating the Songs & Voice of Gregg Allman, is his duet of the Allman Brothers’ classic, “Melissa,” with his onetime roommate, Jackson Browne. Allman has posted a clip of that performance on his website ahead of the DVD and CD release on May 6th. It will also air on AXS TV in mid-May.
Among the other musicians who paid tribute to Allman at the show in Atlanta earlier this year were The Allman Brothers, Dr. John, Eric Church, Martina McBride, Keb’ Mo’, John Hiatt, Taj Mahal, Widespread Panic, Zac Brown and many others.
In other Allman news, work will resume in June on his bio-pic, Midnight Rider, following the death of a crew member who was struck by a train in February during filming in Georgia. However, the news has been met with opposition from a Facebook page called “I Refuse to Work on Midnight Rider” that was started by the surviving crew members. The page went up last week and already has more than 5,000 members.