The Allman Brothers Band played what they maintain will be their final show together at one of their favorite venues, New York City’s Beacon Theatre, on Oct. 28th. It capped a tumultuous, sometimes tragic but ultimately triumphant 45 years as one of America’s preeminent musical assemblages.
The three-set concert, which lasted well past midnight (into the early morning hours of what was the 43rd anniversary of founding member Duane Allman’s death), included many of their best-loved songs from their classic early albums: “Dreams,” “Melissa,” “Midnight Rider,” “Blue Sky,” “Revival,” “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed,” and on and on.
In the middle of the group’s encore, after they’d performed “Whipping Post,” Gregg Allman briefly reflected on his first rehearsal with the group in Jacksonville. “This was at about 3:30 in the afternoon, on March 26, 1969,” Allman told the audience. “Never did I have any idea it would come to this.” They then played, for their final song, what Allman noted was in fact the first song they ever played in ’69: Muddy Waters’ “Trouble No More.”
Gregg Allman wasted no time announcing a short string of upcoming Southeastern shows with his solo band, including several in Georgia: New Year’s Eve at Atlanta’s Symphony Hall; January 6th and 7th at Athens’ Georgia Theatre; January 9th and 10th at Macon’s Grand Opera House; and January 17th at Savannah’s Johnny Mercer Theatre.