In Oct. 2014, the world-famous The Allman Brothers Band will spend six nights headlining the historic Beacon Theatre in New York to mark the end of its highly influential and celebrated 45-year career. The Georgia-based outfit has scheduled three sets of two consecutive shows for its final performances this fall, with dates set for Oct. 21-22, 24-25, and the final two nights, Oct. 27-28.
Since its formation, The Allman Brothers Band has played more than 200 live shows at New York’s Beacon Theatre, including its 40th anniversary celebration concerts in 2009, making this venue a perfect place to host the band’s final career performances. Five years ago, the 40-year milestone concerts featured appearances from special guests Eric Clapton, Phil Lesh, Buddy Guy, and more. With such a precedent already set, it’s likely fans at the final 2014 concerts will see a few surprise performances to celebrate the immeasurable contributions of this legendary rock group.
Widely considered to be one of the greatest live bands in music history, The Allman Brothers Band was formed in 1969 under the leadership of vocalist Gregg Allman and his late brother, revered guitarist Duane. The current lineup still features Gregg, as well as founding members Butch Trucks and Jaimoe. Trucks’ nephew Derek--also of the Tedeschi Trucks Band--joins on guitar, in addition to longtime members Warren Haynes, Oteil Burbridge, and Marc Quiñones.
Over the course of its lengthy history, the band has released numerous influential studio releases--among them Idlewild South and the Platinum-certified Eat a Peach--but The Allman Brothers Band’s most quintessential, definitive recordings have come from live performances. The band’s 1971 live album, At Fillmore East, is routinely cited as one of the best live records of all time, and it provided a significant breakthrough for the fledgling rock outfit at the beginning of its career.
Fans unable to attend the Beacon Theatre concerts will still have the opportunity to catch the outfit at two music festivals this year. On Aug. 14-17, The Allman Brothers Band will headline the Peach Music Festival in Scranton, Pa., on both Saturday and Sunday, performing Eat a Peach in full. Co-headliners over the course of the weekend will include Bob Weir and Ratdog and the Trey Anastasio Band. The next month, the band will also headline the final night of the Lock’n Music Festival in Arrington, Va. (Sept. 4-7). At this fest, The Allman Brothers Band is expected to perform Live at the Fillmore East along with other major songs.