The Allman Brothers Band US Cellular Pavilion at Meadowbrook Gilford, NH Aug. 24, 2009
In celebrating their 40th anniversary this year, The Allman Brothers Band would seem to be playing it safe, at least judging from setlists relying almost solely on staples of their repertoire. But if their New Hampshire appearance proved anything, it was that mere titles don't convey what actually happens on stage.
The back drop behind the stage as the band took the stage displayed a formal declaration of their milestone--as well as Dedication to a Brother," in ...read more
The Allman Brothers Band Beacon Theatre New York, New York March 27th, 2009
The Allman Brothers March 27th show at The Beacon Theater epitomized the band's entire 2009 run at the now gorgeously refurbished off-Broadway theatre. The Dixie rock pioneers played brilliantly most of the time on their own while their guests were hit and miss.
Not surprisingly, most of the novelty of the Beacon run has come from sit-ins ranging from Eric Clapton and Jimmy Herring to Bruce Willis and Sheryl Crow. Yet as the fifteen shows progressed, ABB ...read more
The Allman Brothers Band's 2009 run at New York City's Beacon Theatre carries more than its usual amount of hot-blooded anticipation. This year is the band's 40th anniversary, impressive enough in itself for any band, perhaps doubly so for one with the cataclysmic history of this group, with its well- documented accounts of personal tragedy and recurrent internecine warfare.
Celebration of the ABB milestone looks to include more than the customary array of special guests for its mid-to-late March 10-night run at The Beacon. Both founding member Gregg Allman and latter day prodigal son Warren Haynes have spoken ...read more
The Allman Brothers BandComcast CenterMansfield, MassachusettsAugust 16th, 2008There were more than just a small handful of stellar moments during the Allman Brother's set at the newly christened Comcast Center in Mansfield MA August 16th. But the seminal Southern rockers never built up a full head of steam during the course of their comparatively truncated two-hour set.Perhaps that lack of cumulative momentum was due to taking the stage around 9:00 with an 11 P.M. curfew after a late start by Bob Weir and Ratdog (the single set from Weir and Co. comparable in length ...read more
The Allman Brothers reaffirmed their love affair with the city of Boston by playing two nights in Beantown early in their summer 2007 tour. In doing so, they answered the question What's summer without ABB@ The Tweeter? and suggested this venue in the heart of the city might well serve as a regular stop in summers to come.
As if hometown heroes or returning prodigal sons, the band took the stage to absolutely roaring acclamation on August 7th. Unlike the Mansfield show in 2006, however, the fitful progression of the two sets suggested that, rather than meet the response (and ...read more
The latest Allman Brothers archive title, Boston Common 8-17-71, is not essential for either the devout Peach-head or the casually curious. But it will remind both the aficionado and the dilettante that the scintillating peaks scaled by The Brothers' At Fillmore East were nevertheless revisited fairly regularly.
The group brings an edgy energy---and, during the lengthiest improvisations, an altogether melancholy majesty--to a fairly standard set. The list of titles may look familiar but, then as now, hardly tells the story of the music itself. While the angular slash of guitars, guttural growl of voices and piston-fire interaction of drums isn't ...read more
Allman Brothers Band Beacon Theater New York, New York March 20-31, April 5-8, 2007
The Allman Brothers have always done what they had to do. Whether it's sleeping in abandoned buildings to save money in their struggling days (as recounted in the liner notes of their newest archival release), or fighting their way through internecine battles in the eighties, nineties and new millennium, this seminal Southern rock band hasn't just survived: they've persevered.
When it's been absolutely necessary, ABB has reinvented itself. The survivors exorcised the grief stemming from the loss of ...read more