Born ramblin' men, the Allman Brothers Band will always be ramblin' men. And a ramblin' they will go in 2008, the venerable Southern rock institution's 39th year as a barnstorming tour act.
Led once again by the sage Gregg Allman on keyboards and vocals, the Allman Brothers Band kick off its tour by hosting its own Wanee Festival in Live Oak, Fla. Then, it's off to New York for a 15-show residency — "Mayhem in Manhatten" as it's called — at the Beacon Theatre that starts May 5. After that stretch of shows, the Allman Brothers Band will perform at the Bonnaroo Festival June 14, followed by a summer full of show dates. Tickets to the Beacon Theatre shows go on sale this Saturday, Feb. 9. The residency has become an annual thing for the Allmans, who started doing it in 1989.
The present lineup includes Butch Trucks on drums and tympani, Jaimoe on drums, and the twin-guitar tandem of Warren Haynes on vocals and lead and slide guitar and Derek Trucks on lead and slide guitar. Oteil Burbridge on bass and Marc Quinones on congas percussion round out the band.
Formed March 26, 1969 in Jacksonville, Fla., the Allman Brothers Band, members of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, is, simply put, one of the best live acts in rock history.
This year's Wanee Festival sports a great lineup. Gov't Mule will be there, as will Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi's "Soul Stew Revival," Levon Helm, Oteil & The Peacemakers, Bob Weir & Ratdog, moe and JJ Grey & Mofro.