In a very sad development, bronchitis has forced Gregg Allman to miss last night and tonighit's Allman Brothers Band concerts at The Beacon Theatre in New York City. In spite of Allman's absences, the concerts are continuing as scheduled. An email to ticket holders went out this morning with the following information:
Dear The Allman Brothers Band Ticket Holder:
Please be advised that, due to illness, Gregg Allman will be unable to perform on Saturday, March 22. The Allman Brothers Band will perform as scheduled. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused and look forward to your continued patronage of The Beacon Theatre.
All remaining shows will go on as scheduled.
Madison Square Garden Entertainment
Last night, a slew of guest musicians sat in with the band including Kofi Burbridge, Rob Barraco, Susan Tedeschi, Bill Evans, Devon Allman, and Cyril Neville. It's a mystery who might be sitting in tonight and filling in for the great singer-songwriter-keyboardist Gregg Allman. Earlier on this run, founding member Butch Trucks had to sit out for a night due to an undisclosed illness. Jambase reported that it's the first time Butch Trucks has missed a concert in the 45 year history of the band.
It has become a tradition that The Allman Brothers Band do a March residency at The Beacon Theatre, but the band has announced that this will be the last year in which they take part. They have concerts scheduled through September of this year, and then it is expected that the band will stop touring as lead guitar players Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks pursue careers in their own bands Gov't Mule and The Tedeschi-Trucks Band, respectively.
At Zumic, we wish Gregg, Butch, and everyone else in The Allman Brothers Band the best of health.
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