The Allman Brothers One Way Ticket Out
After 45+ years of touring the world, the Allman Brothers Band is finally calling it quits. They wrapped up their final show at the prestigious Beacon Theatre last night in New York City, a venue that they have played more than 200 times. I was fortunate enough to see them at the Beacon years ago, as well as this past September to witness the blues/rock/soul band on their farewell tour. Check out one of my favorite Allman tunes, “Blue Sky”, featuring Duane Allman on slide guitar:
To close out a historic run, they enchanted the 2,900 Allman fanatics with a miraculous three-set show that went until 1:30am on October 29, to mark the 43rd anniversary of founding member and slide guitar legend Duane Allman’s passing. To honor Duane’s legacy, artists quoted him in chalk on the sidewalks of New York City.
The Allman Brothers Band will forever be remembered as one of the core southern rock bands that brought slide guitar into the mainstream. Older bands tend to have multiple “final tours,” but this may actually be the Allmans’ last one. Derek Trucks is arguably in the peak of his career, and Warren Haynes and Gregg Allman still sound unbelievable. When I saw them at LOCKN Music Festival this past September, it was obvious they haven’t lost a beat. However, it remains to be seen whether or not they will reunite. I hope they do – but if they don’t, their legacy will be everlasting.
Keep those records spinnin’,
For those interested, here was the set list of their final show at the Beacon Theatre on October 28-29, 2014.
Set I: Little Martha, Mountain Jam, Don’t Want You No More, It’s Not My Cross to Bear, One Way Out, Good Morning Little Schoolgirl, Midnight Rider, The High Cost of Low Living, Hot ‘Lanta, Blue Sky, You Don’t Love Me
Set II: Statesboro Blues, Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More, Black Hearted Woman, The Sky is Crying, Dreams, Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’, In Memory of Elizabeth Reed > JaBuMaOt > In Memory of Elizabeth Reed
Set III: Melissa, Revival, Southbound, Mountain Jam (reprise) > Will the Circle Be Unbroken > Mountain Jam
Encore: Whipping Post, Trouble No More
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