Thread: Dickey Betts looks back

tbomike - 11/22/2017 at 04:22 PM

Interesting.

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/features/dickey-betts-on-allman-brothers- gregg-allman-retirement-w512157


steved - 11/22/2017 at 05:11 PM

The one and only - Dickey Betts. Thanks for all the great moments and music.


pops42 - 11/22/2017 at 05:37 PM

Gotta love the guy!.


steadyhorse - 11/22/2017 at 05:38 PM

Thanks for the read, think I'm going to listen to Pony Boy now...


jparadise - 11/22/2017 at 05:49 PM

HA!!! This interview is pretty amazing......but the first paragraph is freaking incredible. Good and bad, I love me some Dickey.


Stephen - 11/22/2017 at 05:49 PM

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The mementos are reminders of Betts' vital role in the group. It was Betts who suggested that Duane recruit his younger brother, Gregg, as the band's singer
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Hadn't known that
Great read alright -- great photo too -- Dickey is the man


BillyBlastoff - 11/22/2017 at 07:03 PM

Great article!


dadof2 - 11/22/2017 at 08:06 PM

thanks so much for posting...great article.

love hearing from Dickey...really miss his music & his awesome presence...


MartinD28 - 11/22/2017 at 09:13 PM

Dickey just being frank...very cool. Miss seeing him do shows...so talented!


Randall - 11/22/2017 at 10:09 PM

Thanks for posting the link; I really enjoyed reading the article.

Yet another reason why I love this site!


DanB - 11/23/2017 at 12:03 AM

love it but it's stupid to name the bar Dickey goes to


mikesolo - 11/23/2017 at 01:36 AM

Good reading - glad he can do what he wants even if it is nothing!


StratDal - 11/23/2017 at 02:59 AM

When you get down to it, always something with Dickey. Great guitar player, musician and I love his style. When I saw him perform live a few years ago, he and his band stunk; I left early. Of course at the gig the next day, according to friends who attended, he Rocked it.

For his sake, I hope he makes the most of his time and enjoys every minute of it. Cheers Dickey!

[Edited on 11/23/2017 by StratDal]

[Edited on 11/24/2017 by StratDal]


BIGV - 11/23/2017 at 04:55 AM

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When I saw him perform live a few years ago, he and his band stunk; I left early. Of course at the gig the next day, according to friends who attended, he Rocked it.


I never understood late in his career why he stuck with the ABB stuff, playing small clubs in front of 200-300 peeps....It always seemed to me that his heart belonged to Richard Betts and "Highway Call"..Man that would have been something had he been able to put a band like that one back together, hitting the road and playing country swing. I would have been ten times more likely to have driven for hours to hear that...I guess we'll never know, hope he's doing what makes him smile...


fender31 - 11/23/2017 at 11:48 AM

I have a feeling he will still do a little recording with other artists occasionally.


rainy - 11/23/2017 at 12:46 PM

Dickey Betts has pretty much always stood on his truth . He’ll always be my favorite guitarist , songwriter , melody player, rhythm player ,musical composer and any other hat he chooses to wear. The Allman Brothers Band will always be my favorite band.
The great news which I always new would happen is that Gregg and DB were speaking . I had hoped for more and years ago thought it may happen. It didn’t. It takes dying to bring it all full circle and even then in some families it can bring the worse out .

DB as far as I know is healthy but it pains me as a fan that he no longer would want to play for us. WE get it Dickey your older but so are your fans. We love you if we can forgive our selves for aging we certainly can forgive you. Get on the road for just a few short shows it may help with depression and darkness and embrace the love of your fans and to hear the roar of happiness and joy that you’ve given to many.. dont count your fans out .. we are here...
I know I’d be there ... Thanks for enlightening me to the music I hold so dear to my heart.


CanadianMule - 11/23/2017 at 05:41 PM

I wish that I saw shows with only 200-300 hundred people there. I think that is a little misleading.

All the Dickey shows that I saw had far bigger crowds then that. I am also very lucky that I never saw him have a bad night. I also tended to stay away from shows where he would be going on very late. Too much down time leads to a few too many beers sometimes.

I miss Dickey and would love the odd show but I can understand.


ABBDutchFan - 11/23/2017 at 05:52 PM

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B as far as I know is healthy but it pains me as a fan that he no longer would want to play for us. WE get it Dickey your older but so are your fans. We love you if we can forgive our selves for aging we certainly can forgive you. Get on the road for just a few short shows it may help with depression and darkness and embrace the love of your fans and to hear the roar of happiness and joy that you’ve given to many.. dont count your fans out .. we are here...I know I’d be there ... Thanks for enlightening me to the music I hold so dear to my heart.


Very well put!


MartinD28 - 11/23/2017 at 06:27 PM

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When I saw him perform live a few years ago, he and his band stunk; I left early. Of course at the gig the next day, according to friends who attended, he Rocked it.


I never understood late in his career why he stuck with the ABB stuff, playing small clubs in front of 200-300 peeps....It always seemed to me that his heart belonged to Richard Betts and "Highway Call"..Man that would have been something had he been able to put a band like that one back together, hitting the road and playing country swing. I would have been ten times more likely to have driven for hours to hear that...I guess we'll never know, hope he's doing what makes him smile...


I always have thought Dickey's best solo work was represented by the "Highway Call" album. He certainly wrote some other good stuff for the other solo albums, but "Highway Call" is just pure Dickey Betts. I saw one show on the "Highway Call" Tour, and it was the real deal.

I saw Great Southern several times, and the crowds were in the 1,500 range. Good shows, but amazingly loud...instruments overshadowing vocals.


pops42 - 11/23/2017 at 07:50 PM

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When I saw him perform live a few years ago, he and his band stunk; I left early. Of course at the gig the next day, according to friends who attended, he Rocked it.


I never understood late in his career why he stuck with the ABB stuff, playing small clubs in front of 200-300 peeps....It always seemed to me that his heart belonged to Richard Betts and "Highway Call"..Man that would have been something had he been able to put a band like that one back together, hitting the road and playing country swing. I would have been ten times more likely to have driven for hours to hear that...I guess we'll never know, hope he's doing what makes him smile...
Demand would be less, and tour would be doomed.


PhotoRon286 - 11/24/2017 at 12:35 AM

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When I saw him perform live a few years ago, he and his band stunk; I left early. Of course at the gig the next day, according to friends who attended, he Rocked it.


I never understood late in his career why he stuck with the ABB stuff, playing small clubs in front of 200-300 peeps....It always seemed to me that his heart belonged to Richard Betts and "Highway Call"..Man that would have been something had he been able to put a band like that one back together, hitting the road and playing country swing. I would have been ten times more likely to have driven for hours to hear that...I guess we'll never know, hope he's doing what makes him smile...
Demand would be less, and tour would be doomed.


Agree.

Every DB & GS show I saw folks were there for ABB music.

I only saw one really bad show, a couple other where Dickey was pissed off and showed it.

One of the best times I ever had was sitting backstage at Artpark for an amazingly good show.

I had two of my kids with me, we hung out with the Bomberrys and Pat Harrington, who now plays guitar in Victor Wainwright's band.

Got on the bus after the show, the band signed Dickey's set list that my son retrieved from the stage after the show.

Also met Terry Sack that day.

Great times.


Fretsman - 11/24/2017 at 02:13 PM

Nice read. I was at Dickey's house a couple years back for just about 4 hours. Along with the birth of my kids and other family moments those hours ranked with some of the best moments of my entire life. I played guitar after legendary guitar and he told a story with just about every one of them. From his '57 Les Paul he stained to that Duane dobro mentioned in the article. I asked permission to play each and every one. When I played the one dobro mentioned in the article he said that it was the dobro Duane had played when they recorded Little Martha. The shivers that rocked my nervous system were emotionally charged. He didn't play for the first hour of my guitar to guitar shuffle, but he eventually got the fever. I was playing his whole collection of acoustics and electrics. He got up from his couch grabbed a guitar, came over moved my wife and I's drinks and sat inches from me so he could hear my playing on his '57 Les Paul unplugged. For the next couple hours we played a few tunes together. Quite the "pinch me" moment. It was not that long after his brother had passed and I think it was therapeutic in a sense for him. We ended after he made one last request if I knew Billy Joe Shaver's tune Tramp On Your Street. I told him I knew it and I had actually just recently seen him in NYC. Half of his acoustics were tuned to open E including the one on my lap at the moment. We played the intro and he started singing the verses. I filled the pockets only between his singing taking care to not step on his lyrics, after the 2nd chorus pre lead, I looked at his eyes for direction to see if he was going to just hit the last verse, but he stared into my eyes and with a subtle nod softly saying "go ahead", that moment seemed a lot longer than it actually was. I played a lead with a slide and had my chest throbbing with an unheard percussion. I was so nervous but lived in the moment flub free. I couldn't believe I was actually playing lead guitar for Dickey Betts in his home. He was his happiest talking and playing. He had an aura about him I can't explain, at one point he grabbed a violin off the wall that Vassar had given to him that belonged to his father. He played a little bit exhibiting his overall love of music. He's quite the character, an American Treasure in his own right. I love the man and wish him peace in all his days. He has given me more joy than I could ever repay, not just that day, but in my musically obsessed life in general. I pray for his happiness and well being in all he encounters. God Bless Dickey Betts!


stormyrider - 11/24/2017 at 05:51 PM

great interview and amazing story Fretsman. wow!


ABBDutchFan - 11/24/2017 at 06:29 PM

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great interview and amazing story Fretsman. wow!


Ditto!


The_Newt - 11/24/2017 at 07:53 PM

Thanks for posting this.


gina - 11/25/2017 at 12:11 AM

"But I feel like I did my work, and I'm not gonna do anything that's gonna top what I'm known for. So why don't you just stay home?"


Well someone has to answer that. People still want to hear ya play Dickey, that's why. You don't have to top yourself or create something so incredible people will be speechless for the rest of the night after they hear it and be talking about it for years. You proved all that already. What's left is, enjoying yourself, playing your music, playing for yourself and for the people who like to come out to hear it. Since finances are not an issue anymore, you don't have to play 5,000 seat halls. Come out to places where you have people who want to hear you and just enjoy that. Is it really less of an accomplishment to make a couple of hundred people happy than to play 5,000 seat halls? Joy is joy no matter how many people are benefitting from it.

If you want to sit home and just not play shows anymore, nobody will fault you for it, everybody is allowed to retire, but I think your band could open for Mule, or Derek & Susan, you could have other jam bands with any number of different people playing. Don't feel like it's a snub to your dignity to now be an opening act, because you have been a star with a world re-knowned band.

Once you have hit the pinnacle of your career, what comes next is just enjoying yourself without the strain of worrying over finances, or any of the other stuff that happens while you are making your way to the top (failed/ruined relationships from the rigors of touring, cheating spouses/lovers, problems with taxes, royalties, managers, egos in the bands etc. etc.). all that bull **** is done.

If you want to come out and play, people will still enjoy it.







[Edited on 11/26/2017 by gina]


MACONMUSIC - 11/25/2017 at 03:15 AM

If there was ever one thing that Dickey Betts ALWAYS was, that would be true to himself....And after reading this article, it's easy to see he hasn't changed a bit, well into decade number seven....Genuine Since '69....And probably way before that!!


Jack_Frost - 11/25/2017 at 11:24 AM

It's nice to see Dickey getting some love on this thread. That wasn't always the case in this forum


DarylM - 11/25/2017 at 07:12 PM

Imagine.....the print edition of Rolling Stone wasting two pages on a retired 73-year-old
backwoods guitar-playing genius when they could be telling us about Selena and the Beebs
reuniting, Chance The Rapper or what Taylor Swift had for lunch. Ridiculous! No wonder
everyone dumps on Rolling Stone.


WaitinForRain - 11/28/2017 at 04:40 AM

"he figured he could draw 5000/night and make 20K a night but wound up playing bars for a quarter of that' and the shows were not that great, because the band was not that great. The first DB solo albums were fantastic

The last iteration of GS was ersatz

Yes Dickey is a musical master, and he is straightforward about not having the fire in his belly to
burn it up onstage. I'd rather remember his genius than pay to see him blow it. For that, in fact, I tip my hat. Be nice to see a DB bio before he poots.


BIGV - 11/28/2017 at 07:10 AM

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"he figured he could draw 5000/night and make 20K a night but wound up playing bars for a quarter of that' and the shows were not that great, because the band was not that great. The first DB solo albums were fantastic


The second incarnation of Great Southern was as stated above "not that great"...I always thought the only player in that band who could really play was the keyboardist...And the first DB & GS album was really good (1977) the second, not so much....


jszfunk - 11/28/2017 at 12:22 PM

https://youtu.be/DtWGr5Q0-vk


islalala - 11/28/2017 at 02:36 PM

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"But I feel like I did my work, and I'm not gonna do anything that's gonna top what I'm known for. So why don't you just stay home?"


Well someone has to answer that. People still want to hear ya play Dickey, that's why. You don't have to top yourself or create something so incredible people will be speechless for the rest of the night after they hear it and be talking about it for years. You proved all that already. What's left is, enjoying yourself, playing your music, playing for yourself and for the people who like to come out to hear it. Since finances are not an issue anymore, you don't have to play 5,000 seat halls. Come out to places where you have people who want to hear you and just enjoy that. Is it really less of an accomplishment to make a couple of hundred people happy than to play 5,000 seat halls? Joy is joy no matter how many people are benefitting from it.

If you want to sit home and just not play shows anymore, nobody will fault you for it, everybody is allowed to retire, but I think your band could open for Mule, or Derek & Susan, you could have other jam bands with any number of different people playing. Don't feel like it's a snub to your dignity to now be an opening act, because you have been a star with a world re-knowned band.

Once you have hit the pinnacle of your career, what comes next is just enjoying yourself without the strain of worrying over finances, or any of the other stuff that happens while you are making your way to the top (failed/ruined relationships from the rigors of touring, cheating spouses/lovers, problems with taxes, royalties, managers, egos in the bands etc. etc.). all that bull **** is done.

If you want to come out and play, people will still enjoy it.
[Edited on 11/26/2017 by gina]


Appreciate your sentiments here, Gina, and I largely share them. I, too, wish Dickey would destroy the assumption that his playing will be under appreciated should he choose to start up again.

That said, I do admire and respect the enormously high standard of musicianship he holds himself to --- realistic at this stage of his life or not.


bird72 - 11/28/2017 at 04:02 PM

Met Joe Frazier when he was in his 60's. Never told him he should put the gloves on again. Didn't go on a net forum and say how he doesn't have it anymore. Didn't say anything to him I would not say to his face. At 60 plus his grip was strong and he could have decked me still. Stupid comparison, right? No. Guitar playing goes from the brain, to the nervous system, electrical impulse to muscles, and then the muscles act. It involves physicality. Muscle condition, bone condition, nerve response, and yes, that mental part. Should a musician be as good at 60 or 70 as 30? Aging says maybe it is harder. I find the people waiting on a Dickey thread to post how skills are gone displays more about their range of kindness than Dickey ability. I was good at boxing, not great. To me, one must be great to dis the greats. Otherwise you are just a critic. We know the value of that role.


MACONMUSIC - 11/28/2017 at 06:05 PM

Haaa, good boxing analogy....In his prime Smokin' Joe had a wicked Philadelphia left hook....And he probably still had it well into his 60's!!

As far as Dickey, he "owes no one nothing" to use a double negative. If the man wants to enjoy his golden years in relative peace/quiet/anonymity he certainly has more than earned it....The hard way....And if he's smart enough to realize he wouldn't be able to deliver like he used to, then it takes a lot of guts to leave it lay.

God Bless and long live Dickey Betts!!


hotlantatim - 11/28/2017 at 08:38 PM

The man has earned retirement. I agree.

Selfishly, I'd love for him to set up in his hometown and do a show a month (or a couple over a weekend a few times a year). An acoustic gig where he brings in guests to play with him. You know he could attract absolutely great players. I'd absolutely make a road trip down to see that.


Rusty - 11/28/2017 at 10:17 PM

Great read. As far as the notion that Dickey should not play ABB stuff at his shows , Dickey plays (for the most part) the tunes that HE wrote. No "Whippin Post" - no "Dreams" , etc. He gave birth to that music and it will always be his to perform at his discretion.

I saw two Dickey shows in recent years. One of them was (for me) like watching a good cover band. The second show - he and the band were more rehearsed and practiced and they knocked it outta the park!


redhouse1969 - 11/29/2017 at 09:22 PM

shame he didn't get the opportunity to take that last solo on Gregg's final album.


redhouse1969 - 11/29/2017 at 09:25 PM

What you wrote is correct ... except in this day & age of youtube / twitter etc... one wrong note or forgotten lyric is reported as a trainwreck... I know he probably doesn't care much about all that but it does unfortunately happen.

quote:
"But I feel like I did my work, and I'm not gonna do anything that's gonna top what I'm known for. So why don't you just stay home?"


Well someone has to answer that. People still want to hear ya play Dickey, that's why. You don't have to top yourself or create something so incredible people will be speechless for the rest of the night after they hear it and be talking about it for years. You proved all that already. What's left is, enjoying yourself, playing your music, playing for yourself and for the people who like to come out to hear it. Since finances are not an issue anymore, you don't have to play 5,000 seat halls. Come out to places where you have people who want to hear you and just enjoy that. Is it really less of an accomplishment to make a couple of hundred people happy than to play 5,000 seat halls? Joy is joy no matter how many people are benefitting from it.

If you want to sit home and just not play shows anymore, nobody will fault you for it, everybody is allowed to retire, but I think your band could open for Mule, or Derek & Susan, you could have other jam bands with any number of different people playing. Don't feel like it's a snub to your dignity to now be an opening act, because you have been a star with a world re-knowned band.

Once you have hit the pinnacle of your career, what comes next is just enjoying yourself without the strain of worrying over finances, or any of the other stuff that happens while you are making your way to the top (failed/ruined relationships from the rigors of touring, cheating spouses/lovers, problems with taxes, royalties, managers, egos in the bands etc. etc.). all that bull **** is done.

If you want to come out and play, people will still enjoy it.







[Edited on 11/26/2017 by gina]


emr - 11/29/2017 at 10:52 PM

quote:
What you wrote is correct ... except in this day & age of youtube / twitter etc... one wrong note or forgotten lyric is reported as a trainwreck... I know he probably doesn't care much about all that but it does unfortunately happen.

quote:
"But I feel like I did my work, and I'm not gonna do anything that's gonna top what I'm known for. So why don't you just stay home?"


Well someone has to answer that. People still want to hear ya play Dickey, that's why. You don't have to top yourself or create something so incredible people will be speechless for the rest of the night after they hear it and be talking about it for years. You proved all that already. What's left is, enjoying yourself, playing your music, playing for yourself and for the people who like to come out to hear it. Since finances are not an issue anymore, you don't have to play 5,000 seat halls. Come out to places where you have people who want to hear you and just enjoy that. Is it really less of an accomplishment to make a couple of hundred people happy than to play 5,000 seat halls? Joy is joy no matter how many people are benefitting from it.

If you want to sit home and just not play shows anymore, nobody will fault you for it, everybody is allowed to retire, but I think your band could open for Mule, or Derek & Susan, you could have other jam bands with any number of different people playing. Don't feel like it's a snub to your dignity to now be an opening act, because you have been a star with a world re-knowned band.

Once you have hit the pinnacle of your career, what comes next is just enjoying yourself without the strain of worrying over finances, or any of the other stuff that happens while you are making your way to the top (failed/ruined relationships from the rigors of touring, cheating spouses/lovers, problems with taxes, royalties, managers, egos in the bands etc. etc.). all that bull **** is done.

If you want to come out and play, people will still enjoy it.







[Edited on 11/26/2017 by gina]



Old man time has never (to follow the boxing thread above) lost a match. The musicians all age. Paul McCartney does almost three straight hrs - he's a medical marvel - but every year his voice ages and cracks more.

I saw Willie Mays hit a home his first game at Shea as a met in 1973. It sort of just went out with a touch of angel's breath behind . I deluded myself. When he tripped and fell in the outfield in the World Series later that season as one sportswriter put it "an entire generation got old today."

So the call is up to Dickey. My concert expectations are not what they used to be. I was on line to see John McLaughlin & Jimmy Herring last month (great show by the way) and an old time fan next to me said how excited he was for 6 months prior to the show Hell; if I buy tickets 6 mos before a show and both myself and the artist are alive for showtime I consider that a good concert


gina - 11/30/2017 at 01:24 AM

I also think Gregg's passing hasn't really been accepted yet in most of us yet. We know it happened, we experienced it in our own individual ways, but it is still a shock, and for musicians like Dickey, that is a big thing to really comprehend and incorporate into your psyche. After that to think, where do I go from here? The safe answer is, just retire, because there is no way to get the former band back together, Butch and Gregg are gone. But the others are still here, and even more who love and would do justice to and with the music if he chooses to just try and see where it takes him. Devon is determined that the music will go on, and he is doing his part. So are others. Dickey can take all the time he needs, if and when he comes out to play some more, people will enjoy that.


rayg - 12/1/2017 at 02:16 PM

One of the more satisfying of all post Brother shows played by Dickey was at the Iridium in NYC with Kris Jenson and David Stoltz on a Les Paul Monday night . That type of setting and band would be something that could work for Dickey. Add Jaimoe and Junior Mack to that band and you would really have something special .


The_Newt - 12/4/2017 at 08:21 PM

Richard/Dickey can do whatever he wants. He's earned his retirement and deserves it.

I feel bad for the people who never got to see him play live with the brothers, or any of his side bands like great southern.


blackey - 12/4/2017 at 10:52 PM

Found four shows from 1990 on YouTube and two things stuck out to me that I didn't recall from the 5 or 6 shows I witnessed in 1990.

One was how out of sync Johnny Neal's piano solos often are. Often he would go up on top and play a barrel roll honky tonk type piano solo that was never in the groove and context of the song including Statesboro Blues. If this was typical of Johnny then I understand why he was dropped after the 1990 tour. The band said Gregg objected to Johnny being dropped but the other original members voted to return to the original band configuration of one keyboard player, twin guitars and drums and bass.

The second was how much more powerful Dickey's playing was than Warren's playing. I remember Jaimoe being interviewed about the band in 1990 and specifically was asked about Warren's playing and Jaimoe was very positive. But he added that Warren is still developing and finding his voice and that he ain't no Betts. Jaimoe said Dickey is a M***** F*****." Just listen to his tone and his licks".

By the mid 90s things had changed. Warren kept getting better and better and Dickey was hit and miss. You hoped Dickey would have a good night because it seemed the way it went for Dickey, the way it went for the entire band.

But when Dickey is playing like he often did in 1989 and the early 90s, in the context of the way the Allman Brothers sound, Warren and Derek we're not his match. You have to play the original band with Duane Allman on your CD player to do that.


BIGV - 12/5/2017 at 03:28 AM

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One was how out of sync Johnny Neal's piano solos often are. Often he would go up on top and play a barrel roll honky tonk type piano solo that was never in the groove and context of the song including Statesboro Blues.


Thank you. I could never figure out why JN was in the band. Out of synch, key, call it what you like, not a good fit.


aiq - 12/5/2017 at 01:37 PM

gpm and I listened to Pattern Disruptive on the way back from Mc?aughlin/Herring in New Orleans.

Still a great sounding recording.


jparadise - 12/5/2017 at 06:20 PM

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Jaimoe said Dickey is a M***** F*****." Just listen to his tone and his licks".


Truer words have never been spoken.


jparadise - 12/5/2017 at 08:54 PM

Some interesting news from Dickey's management today.....might not make any official works come to light, but I'd stay tuned.


porkchopbob - 12/5/2017 at 09:22 PM

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Some interesting news from Dickey's management today.....might not make any official works come to light, but I'd stay tuned.


Rather than be cryptic and keep everyone in suspense, I'll elaborate for y'all.

David Spero, Dickey's manager, wrote on Facebook today:

"this is a huge what if....but what if Dickey Betts decided to place 10 cities.....what should they be?"

[Edited on 12/5/2017 by porkchopbob]


bird72 - 12/6/2017 at 12:46 AM

fell off me chair...........


CanadianMule - 12/6/2017 at 12:59 AM

One of the ten shows should be at my house.


RPMcMurphy - 12/6/2017 at 03:37 AM

I wonder if that Rolling Stone article has stirred up some interest. ...or if the article was written in order to stir some interest. Either wsy, Dickey has as much claim to the ABB legacy as anybody. The last couple of times I was able to see him live, the shows weren't pretty, but if he plays within a 2 hour radius oF my home, I wouldn't miss it.


BIGV - 12/6/2017 at 04:01 PM

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if he plays within a 2 hour radius oF my home, I wouldn't miss it.


Yeah, I would make the drive to hear "Long time gone"....& "Let nature sing"


Yankeefan01 - 12/6/2017 at 04:17 PM

Really, all he needs to do is pack up a couple of acoustics and a sound system and he could hit the road. The songs and his playing stand on their own. And with his knowledge and history of music he could pull quite a few gems out of his hat to play.


The_Newt - 12/6/2017 at 06:56 PM

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quote:
Some interesting news from Dickey's management today.....might not make any official works come to light, but I'd stay tuned.


Rather than be cryptic and keep everyone in suspense, I'll elaborate for y'all.

David Spero, Dickey's manager, wrote on Facebook today:

"this is a huge what if....but what if Dickey Betts decided to place 10 cities.....what should they be?"

[Edited on 12/5/2017 by porkchopbob]

If this even ever happens, well we'll just have to wait and see. But personally I would not hold my breath.


plqmule - 12/6/2017 at 07:18 PM

Made the paper.

http://www.heraldtribune.com/news/20171205/ticket-editor-dickey-betts-tour- must-for-allman-brothers-fans


Fretsman - 12/6/2017 at 07:28 PM

It'd be a beautiful thing. Mr. Betts is the real deal, Genuine since '69 (and prior).

Seven Turns from the 2014 tour
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lKawgx0w0TQ

Ramblin' Man
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kvZPmJxjWV8

Blue Sky
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lKawgx0w0TQ


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[Edited on 12/6/2017 by Fretsman]


rainy - 12/7/2017 at 01:28 AM

That would be a dream Long Island New York
Maybe my house ——> rainys


The_Newt - 12/7/2017 at 09:00 AM

http://www.heraldtribune.com/news/20171206/dickey-betts-to-make-announcemen t-dec-12

Dickey Betts to make announcement Dec. 12

Retired rock legend and Sarasota County resident will divulge decision about returning to road on his birthday

SARASOTA COUNTY — Dickey Betts, the Allman Brothers Band guitarist, songwriter and singer who has been living in retirement for the past three years, will make an announcement regarding future touring on his upcoming 74th birthday.

“Dickey and I have had many discussions over the last few years about him playing again,” said David Spero, Betts’ longtime manager. “After Gregg Allman’s passing, his interests were heading elsewhere. Since the Rolling Stone interview, I have received interest from a few promoters which I passed on to Dickey. The fans’ interest has also had a big impact on him. We have agreed to make a decision on December 12, his birthday. See you then!”


Yankeefan01 - 12/7/2017 at 02:05 PM

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http://www.heraldtribune.com/news/20171206/dickey-betts-to-make-annou ncement-dec-12

Dickey Betts to make announcement Dec. 12

Retired rock legend and Sarasota County resident will divulge decision about returning to road on his birthday

SARASOTA COUNTY — Dickey Betts, the Allman Brothers Band guitarist, songwriter and singer who has been living in retirement for the past three years, will make an announcement regarding future touring on his upcoming 74th birthday.

“Dickey and I have had many discussions over the last few years about him playing again,” said David Spero, Betts’ longtime manager. “After Gregg Allman’s passing, his interests were heading elsewhere. Since the Rolling Stone interview, I have received interest from a few promoters which I passed on to Dickey. The fans’ interest has also had a big impact on him. We have agreed to make a decision on December 12, his birthday. See you then!”


Sounds promising! I threw Buffalo, NY in to the ring responding to Spero's post. Fingers crossed!


Budiggle - 12/7/2017 at 07:06 PM

If Dickey just wants to retire than that's fine but if he's saying that because doesn't feel he would be able to top anything he'd done before, then that principle would limit most older musicians including Gregg for one. But as Gregg himself proved, you don't have to top anything just ensure that you keep the integrity of what you do and the rest will follow. Jaimoe is still doing great stuff as was Butch until his tragic demise. It just seems unbalanced to me that Mr. Betts is not out there too. His contribution to the whole shebang stands alongside anybody's. So unless age has caught up with his playing over and above that of other band members, I hope he can find the self confidence to give himself the opportunity to feel the undoubted love that would come his way from a 200 -800 strong audience. Nobody expects him to stand there playing IMOER & High Falls for hours on end. A trip to his own back catalogue and few DB ABB tunes would just fine. I just hope he still has it in him for that because a life without music for Dickey cannot be the best way to end his days.....


BIGV - 12/7/2017 at 11:01 PM

Gonna throw in my .02 here.... Is this for love of the music?...or for the $$?..In this case it would make a difference for me...I've always thought an acoustic show with another famous performer would rock. The two of them would play songs and tell stories, talk to the crowd and laugh. Dickey with Fogerty, Rossington or Gibbons would be spectacular! Two chairs, two guitars and away we go.....I would travel for a show like that....Small halls and history.

If it's just Dickey and a cast of players hitting "Ramblin' Man" and "Jessica"......No thanks!

C' Mon Dickey, just imagine the fun.


BIGV - 12/7/2017 at 11:03 PM

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When I saw him perform live a few years ago, he and his band stunk; I left early. Of course at the gig the next day, according to friends who attended, he Rocked it.


I never understood late in his career why he stuck with the ABB stuff, playing small clubs in front of 200-300 peeps....It always seemed to me that his heart belonged to Richard Betts and "Highway Call"..Man that would have been something had he been able to put a band like that one back together, hitting the road and playing country swing. I would have been ten times more likely to have driven for hours to hear that...I guess we'll never know, hope he's doing what makes him smile...


Demand would be less, and tour would be doomed.


Play small venues for those who want to hear this classic music!


The_Newt - 12/7/2017 at 11:16 PM

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When I saw him perform live a few years ago, he and his band stunk; I left early. Of course at the gig the next day, according to friends who attended, he Rocked it.


I never understood late in his career why he stuck with the ABB stuff, playing small clubs in front of 200-300 peeps....It always seemed to me that his heart belonged to Richard Betts and "Highway Call"..Man that would have been something had he been able to put a band like that one back together, hitting the road and playing country swing. I would have been ten times more likely to have driven for hours to hear that...I guess we'll never know, hope he's doing what makes him smile...
Demand would be less, and tour would be doomed.

Exactly, people go to Dickey Betts' shows to hear him play his songs he played with the Allmans.

While I love his acoustic songs and the songs off of his solo albums, most people are not there to hear those songs. Heck, with the side bands of the Allmans, most people go to those shows to hear songs from the Allmans, not the songs of Gregg, Warren, Butch, Dickey, Jack Pearson, and Jaimoe.


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