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
The Allman Brothers Band At Fillmore East Polygram 1971 (1986)
While the recent release of Eat a Peach, Deluxe Edition is a most welcome addition to the Allman Brothers Band discography, it incandescently illuminates the pornographically haphazard release history of this important material. The original two-LP release was largely culled from a series of four shows performed on March 12 and 13, 1971 at New York City's Fillmore East Auditorium. Since that time At Fillmore East has seen multiple releases on compact disc, each with differing levels of sonic cleansing and ...read more
The Allman Brothers Band Beacon Theatre New York, NY March 10-11, 2006
Let us now praise famous men...
Because it's probably not fair to expect the Allman Brothers Band to enact a miraculous reinvention of themselves every year. From the sounds and sights of two shows from the two-week run at this year's New York City's Beacon Theatre, ABB is not resting on their laurels--quite the contrary, making every valiant attempt to refine their craft and expand it.
And well they should since the current lineup, in place since 2001 when Warren Haynes rejoined ...read more
The Allman Brothers Band Nassau Coliseum 5/1/73 Allman Brothers Band Recordings 2006
As the Allman Brothers' star has ascended again in the last few years, it's only natural that interest would elevate in their archival recordings. To meet that demand and match expectations, careful consideration has been given to each successive release, so that the respective titles add in their own way to the legacy of the band. Nassau Coliseum Uniondale, NY 5-17-73 is certainly no exception as it documents how the group reoriented its sound with the incorporation of the two ...read more
The Allman Brothers Band hit a creative peak in 2003 with their first studio album in nine years, the splendid Hittin' the Note, and a spectacular extended run at The Beacon Theater in New York City. Culminating in September of 2004 with a brilliant three- night stay at the Fox Theatre, back home in Georgia, the next year's worth of tours found ABB offering constant surprise in the form of songs choices, guest musicians and a connection to the band's collective past that invigorated the entire group.
Yet you could sense this wave of inspiration cresting ...read more
The Allman Brothers Band hit a creative peak in 2003 with their first studio album in nine years, Hittin' the Note, and a spectacular extended run at The Beacon Theater in New York city. Culminating in September of 2004 with a brilliant three-night stay at the Fox Theatre back home in Georgia, the next year's worth of tours found ABB offering constant surprise in the form of songs choices, guest musicians and a connection to the band's collective past that invigorated the entire group.
Yet, you could sense this wave of inspiration cresting during this spring's appearances at the Beacon ...read more
The Allman Brothers Band The Beacon Theatre New York City March 2005
The Allman Brothers Band once again set up camp at New York's Beacon Theatre for nine shows in the past two weeks in what has become an annual rite of passage. The Beacon has become a home away from home for the southern-oriented blues-rockers, and this year's run was no different. The homely New York crowd spurs the Allmans to new heights, dusting the cobwebs off of near-forgotten classics and venturing into new, uncharted territory. The theme of this year's run was ...read more
The five-man lineup of The Allman Brothers Band that remained in the wake of founder member/guitarist Duane Allman's death is the missing link in the history of the band. In part, that's because their studio recordings were initially overshadowed on Eat a Peach --despite the fact two of its three initial cuts are currently staples of the band's repertoire--but also because they played so comparatively few live concerts. The recently-released two-disc set of archival recordings(available on the ABB website and at shows this summer) verges on the spectacular at some points because the band was playing with a passion and ...read more
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