End Of The Line: Gregg Allman to Retire the Allman Brothers Band
It may not be a surprising announcement following the news that guitarist Derek Trucks and guitarist/singer Warren Haynes are leaving the band at the end of this year, but Gregg Allman revealed in a recent interview with Relix that the Allman Brothers Band will stop touring after 2014.
Allman said “This is it—this is the end of it. 45 years is enough and I want to do something else, anyway. Everyone has their own real good respective bands.” Allman himself still tours as a solo artist and has recently added longtime Allmans percussionist Marc Quinones to his backing band.
As for the other members, drummer Butch Trucks seems likely to retire from playing, as he has osteoarthritis in his right elbow, as well as a few other ailments from years of drumming. Drummer Jaimoe still occasionally works with his other group, Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band. Haynes, of course, fronts Gov’t Mule and also records and tours as a solo artist; Derek Trucks is also in the Tedeschi Trucks Band with his wife, singer/songwriter Susan Tedeschi. Bassist Oteil Burbridge recently played bass on the Zac Brown Band’s The Grohl Sessions Vol. 1 EP.
The Allmans will still have a busy year: they’ve just added four more dates to their annual residency at New York’s Beacon Theatre, and will also be headlining their annual Wanee Festival in Florida in April, and their annual Peach Festival in Scranton, Pennsylvania in August.
— Brian Ives, Radio.com