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hwycall



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I think I joined the old site around 97 or 98... can't remember exactly. Man, I miss those folks. Is the old e-mail listserv still around?

I don't know how trading is done now, but it was so much fun then. Now most anything is available on YouTube-- absolutely amazing. I remember checking my old hotmail email and finding I had a dozen folks take me up on my offer to send out a show to anyone who wanted it. It was a lot of work making all those tapes (and some CD's), but it was fun. I didn't do much trading-- mainly just to get the shows I went to. How wonderful it was to get an envelope in the mail with a surprise show in return from the folks I sent those shows to when I had no idea anything was coming. I hope folks still spread the music and kindness like that.

My cassette deck has long since perished, but I still have those tapes/CD's. Walnut Creek 96,97,98,99,00... used to put them in the stereo and play along with them trying to learn as much as I could.

Here's hoping that DVD of the 10/28/14 show I keep reading about in the forums turns out like we all want it to. I'd sure love to get that one and try to find a copy of Dickey's last show with the ABB.
27.3.2015 10:44
BillyEddins
from Peterman, Lower Alabama



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Hey Guys. I first got on the old site, I think in 1996. I have meet some great people on here. Traded music with a bunch that I never meet. I miss Bup, Willie Howard. I also miss a bunch of you. I used to pick college football games on here for fun but I made too many people mad. It was just for fun guys but the Bama in me came out too much. I miss the band but I got too see them a bunch.

See you at Wanee I hope.
Take it light.
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The Road Goes On Forever and It's A Long Strange Trip Indeed.
27.3.2015 09:16
Diamondfarm



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Saw Greg last night at Potawatomi Casino in Milwaukee, WI. What a great show! Can't say enough good things about his powerful voice, awesome band, and music. We loved it.
26.3.2015 12:41
Mitch
from Long Island



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If we had a Beacon run, I'm sure a lot of us "Old Timers" would be busy posting daily. No new music, now new conerts, I guess there isn't much to say. (Exceot hi to everyone and I hope all new and old timers are okay).

Mitch
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"There are fathers who do not love their children; there is no grandfather who does not adore his grandson." Victor Hugo
26.3.2015 09:11
Randall
from North of I-90



User Profile richerj AT msn DOT com
Happy Anniversary to the Allman Brothers Band and crew!
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"Those who dance are considered insane by those who can't hear the music." -George Carlin
26.3.2015 07:19
Carol



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thanks Deb, love U 2 <3

Good to see some of the old time guestbookers posting, it's been so awfully quiet without Beacon reviews..

Our Ashley turned 13 last week. Time flies.

Kevin is so sweet, he's back to working hard hours, only takes 2 days off a month, but he's happy and doing well.


Sunday, (1 of his 2 days off) he treated Ashley & I and a group of her friends to a Ranch out East Punta Gorda, where they rescue horses and offer special programs for handicapped adults and children.

He rented the ranch for the day, as a fund raiser for their programs, which we greatly admire the good these fine Country gals are doing.

The girls and a few of our close friends got to ride and spend a day away in the Country, very peaceful and good for the Soul.

I couldn't have asked for a nicer birthday myself, the sound of the girls laughing and having a good time, was truly wonderful day.

oh, but perhaps the best part was, when we jumped in the car to head home, Rambling Man came on the radio..it was like buttercream icing on a cupcake
24.3.2015 13:07
BadLittleDoggie2
from New City, NY



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Yes hwycall I was around back then too
24.3.2015 10:41
patrickcrenshaw
from Atlanta



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speaking of the "old days" I was there the next night at lakewood in atlanta and that was the first time I had seen the band in over 15 years--great night, but what really brought me back was "true gravity," I knew I had to see the band again after hearing that! a big year for atlanta with the olympics, a lot of the security forces personnel were camped out at lakewood which was sort of weird too.
also liked those days when the band got a formal introduction so later on you would know for sure what city they were in on the recording. A few years later thanks to libby I got a backstage pass at walnut creek that I shared with my brother (it was too humid to stick on anything for more than a few minutes so no problem sharing it) and got to stand on stage with the band for a few minutes (way off to the side, of course) which was unforgettable and the only time I got to do that. too bad those days are gone, but the memories remain!
23.3.2015 16:05
hwycall



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Hi everyone--

I would venture to guess that no one remembers me here. It's been years since I wrote or posted anything at all. Does anyone remember the "Old Site" or "Guest Book Survivor?" It has been that long since I posted.

Before it was an adult contemporary station, WZZU was "the zoo," our local classic rock station. (They probably contributed to Maxell producing the XLII-S cassettes as long as Maxell did with these concert replays.) Being a budding guitarist in the days before the internet, I'd recorded their broadcasts of CSN, Santana, Clapton, Seger and many more from their "Friday Night Fantasy Concerts," and played along with the stereo until I could get it right. Of course, I never knew who the FFFC was going to feature each week at 10 pm. One Friday night there was no introduction-- just applause and "Dah Dum De Dah Dum...". Five notes changed my musical world. (I still have the cassette, even though I played it enough to become virtually useless.)

The radio announcer finally said something to the effect of "Welcome to the Friday Night Fantasy Concert with the Allman Brothers Band" and talked about how they were on tour and would be at the Walnut Creek Amphitheater on July 6th (1996).

My Aunt took me and some of my cousins to the show. After the opening act, with the sun low in the sky, a man in a cowboy hat wielding a big red Gibson ES-335 walked onto the stage like he owned F'n Walnut Creek and checked the tuning of his guitar. I remember thinking, "Whoa, that's loud!" After the others checked their instruments the announcer said, "Alright Raleigh, Get ready for your Olympic champions on their march to Atlanta-- The Allman Brothers Band!" The same five notes shattered the air. I never knew a guitar could be that loud. I was sixteen years old.

I went back in 1997 just after high school graduation, again in 1998 with my best friend I've known since kindergarten, again in 1999 with some friends from this site (I wonder if they're still around?) and got to go backstage after the show. Marc, Jaimoe, and Derek were kind enough to sign my "Back Where It All Begins" CD. I met Kirk, got to thank him for letting me come back stage, to which he replied "You're welcome man! Glad you're gettin' off on it!!" Lana came around with a pitcher of Kool Aid and Dixie cups for everyone-- it was hot and she was taking care of us all. I was disappointed that Gregg, Butch, and Dickey didn't come out to say hello, but that was okay. I had the truss rod cover from my Les Paul with me I'd hope to ask Dickey to autograph-- the front is engraved "Jessica," and I named the guitar after the first song I played on her.

I went back one last time in 2000. I'm not going to start another argument over the changes, but to me, it wasn't the same. Not bad, AT ALL (in fact, I'll be honest, the musicianship was MUCH better), but it *was* different. I have yet to see Great Southern. In truth, I... well... I have heard the clips, the shows, the videos, the stories... the D.B. I heard in 1997 is gone, and I don't know if he'll ever be back, but I sure hope he will be. In the meantime, hang in there D.-- we haven't forgotten you and "it ain't over yet."

It's now 2015. I'm thirty five years old. October 28, 2014 has come and gone. I couldn't go, but I saw the clips online and will be ordering the CD's soon. (I don't know anything about downloading and burning-- the last time I traded recordings was when there was no high speed dubbing allowed, you had to state the generation of the tape, and Maxell XLII-S was the only acceptable cassette for serious trades.)

Warren and Derek are amazing together (an understatement, I know) and when I saw the guitars in the clips, I thought they might be Duane's. Thanks to Google, I found out they were indeed. Talk about class-- you can't know where you're going if you don't know where you've been. I saw that guitar in the R&RHOF years ago and thought it a travesty that Duane's guitar was sitting there, silent. I hope that in the future the caretakers of these instruments might consider a program in which players, amateur and professional alike, who know enough about how to play and treat an instrument properly might be allowed (under supervision) to sit and play a chord or two on the instruments that were used to create the music we all love.

The point to all these rambling recollections? There's a void now. I've never seen the end of (or any part of) the old Route 66, but that's what this feels like. It feels like the road doesn't go on forever anymore and the last silver dollar's worth of gas is gone. I've got one more ride with the ABB left, and maybe that's why I'm putting off ordering the CD's of 10/28/14.

In the meantime, tonight I'll turn the stereo on and put on the old pink label Capricorn Fillmore East LP's. Like Billy Chapel says in For Love of the Game, "Whadda ya say Gus, you and me, one more time?
23.3.2015 09:14
Debbie
from Boynton Beach, Fl



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A true brother and a wonderful friend.......miss you Bup............

Happy Birthday, Carol.........love you
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With the help of God & good friends----I still have wings to fly. Y'all are a great bunch !!!!
23.3.2015 07:21
Randall
from North of I-90



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Birthday rememberance of Buppalo1 (Randy) today. I think that I have the date correct. A true brother, always with positive thoughts and comments. His reminders of Duane's focus and vision were always welcome.

We miss you Bup.
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"Those who dance are considered insane by those who can't hear the music." -George Carlin
21.3.2015 19:53
BadLittleDoggie2
from New City, NY



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We are devastated to report that Twisted Sister / Adrenaline Mob drummer A.J. Pero has died at the age of 55. As of this posting, no cause of death has been revealed.

While Twisted Sister have performed with many drummers throughout the band’s 43-year career, A.J. Pero was easily the band’s most celebrated man behind the kit. Pero had many stints with Twisted Sister, the longest being his latest run of 12 straight years (2003 – 2015) with the heavy metal legends.

The drummer manned the kit for some of Twisted Sister’s most legendary and timeless albums, such as Under the Blade, You Can’t Stop Rock ‘n’ Roll and Stay Hungry. As for Adrenaline Mob, Pero took the place of former Dream Theater stickman Mike Portnoy, staying true to the project until Pero’s untimely death.
20.3.2015 14:17

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