The Allman Brothers Band: Live at The Beacon Theatre NYC 2006
The apparent short rotation of tunes on the run may not be all that significant because this is after all early in the ABB calendar. It's well to keep in mind the original band worked from a standard bookcompare Fillmore East to Live @ Atlanta Pop(and remember how standardized were the repertoire of the great Quintets of Miles Davis)and that is after all a tried and true convention of both rock and jazz units. The question is whether stagnation arise from the short list so the placement of a choice nugget like "Come and Go Blues even at a slight distance from "Les Brers in A Minor (see 3/23 show) would preclude that: One of the multiple beauties of music is how 'new' and 'old' songs can stand out in much different and greater relief from each other.
Derek Trucks' aforementioned stint with Eric Clapton, his continued roadwork and public relations efforts on behalf of his band, combined with Mule's heavy spring and summer tour schedule as already announced (plus the tentative late summer release of their new studio effort recorded this past January) may curtail Allman activity in terms of summer touring after their second annual Wanee festival in April. What the Brothers brought to the Beacon 2006 run though was a robust purpose and a commitment to avoid stagnation that should stand them in good stead as the next few months (and, dare we say it? years) go by. They do after all remain staunchly their own menafter all who has a tradition compared to the annual Beacon run?and if that's not a foundation to build upon, what is?