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  posted on 12/12/2017 at 08:20 AM
http://www.heraldtribune.com/news/20171212/exclusive-allman-brothers-co-fou nder-dickey-betts-plans-select-tour-dates-for-2018

“Ramblin’ Man,” “Jessica” and “Blue Sky” singer, songwriter and guitar great has spent past three years in retirement at his Sarasota County home.

SARASOTA COUNTY — The Allman Brothers Band that Dickey Betts propelled to pop stardom with his song “Ramblin’ Man” played its final shows in October of 2014. Soon after, the singer-guitarist also responsible for writing the classics “Jessica,” “Blue Sky” and “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed” decided to retire from his own, separate touring career following a hometown performance at Robarts Arena.

Three years later, on Tuesday, his 74th birthday, Betts announced he’s returning to the road. Described by his longtime manager David Spero “as a birthday present to himself” the rock icon has decided “to go out and play a select group of dates.” An email blast has been sent to concert promoters to see what options are available.

“Everywhere I go fans keep saying they want me to get out and play again,” Betts said from his Sarasota County home. “I think the time is right.”

Raised in Manatee County and a resident of Sarasota County in recent years, Betts split with the Allman Brothers Band in 2000 after a ’90s comeback that found the group releasing several acclaimed new studio albums, winning a Grammy for a live performance of “Jessica,” and being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Betts would spend the next 14 years mostly touring as Dickey Betts & Great Southern with a first-rate roster of musicians including Betts’ son, Duane Betts, sharing lead guitar duties with him. During that period, Betts only performed his own originals or the blues songs he helped arrange during his years with the Allman Brothers Band.

Before Gregg Allman died May 27, he and Betts rekindled their friendship that dates back to when the two men were among the six founding members of the Allman Brothers Band.

“I’m so glad I was able to have a couple good talks with him before he passed,” Betts said in a statement posted the day Allman died. “In fact I was about to call him to check and see how he was when I got the call. It’s a very sad thing. I, along with the entire Great Southern family, pass along my deepest sympathies to Gregg’s family, friends, and fans.”

The 2018 concert dates will feature Betts peppering his setlists with songs written by Allman, whose credits include “Midnight Rider,” “Melissa” and “Whipping Post.” The 23-minute live version of “Whipping Post” from the Allman Brothers Band’s masterful, breakthrough album “At Fillmore East” famously features the dual lead guitar playing of Betts and Duane Allman.

“I think the fans deserve to hear a few of Gregg’s song as well, so I’m pulling out some classics,” Betts said.

Gregg’s older sibling, Duane Allman died in a motorcycle crash in 1971 and then bassist Berry Oakley met the same tragic fate about a year later. Drummer Butch Trucks died earlier this year.

Betts and drummer Jai Johanny “Jaimoe” Johanson are the only surviving members of the original Allman Brothers Band, which pioneered the Southern rock movement with an inspired blend of rock and blues, informed by country and jazz.

“We really gave this a lot of thought as to how and what the show will be,” Spero said. “Even I can’t wait to see it.”

The Dickey Betts Band that will hit the road in 2018 will consist of Dickey and son Duane sharing lead guitar duties.

“Dickey is talking to some of the guys he has played with,” Spero said. “We should know in a couple of weeks who will comprise the band.”

 

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  posted on 12/29/2017 at 03:57 PM
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Dickey never plays Chicago. Seen him in the south, NYC, Detroit but he doesn't come here for some reason.

And useless trivia that was told to me. The first live BHLT show was here in Chicago in a club on Clark street not far from me. The place is a liquor store now.

I have a copy of the show. Not sure if this is true or not but again, that was what I was told.


Lee, I believe it was 2008 I saw Dickey there on the South Side at the Beverly Arts Center, 400 seater, solid show, not spectacular, but solid. Given the chance, I would see him again............Peace........joe

 

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  posted on 12/29/2017 at 01:48 PM
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... DBGS played the Beacon I think it was 07” ( anyone ) Im to lazy to look it up... It was a great show and it looked pretty much sold out ... I was in the 6th row .. I’d go again and again...
Im hoping as all his fans are that there will be more shows closer to their homes.. so we wait , impatiently , I might add to see the dates.
Thank God for DB...




I think you mean this one, and I agree it was a great show, with Kenny Wayne Shepherd opening (not so great). Thank to a post by you (or maybe Liz) I got great seats for that night... so thanks again.

Dickey Betts and Great Southern
July 26, 2006
Beacon Theater
New York, NY

Disc 1
01. High Falls
02. One Way Out
03. Havin A Good Time
04. Franklyn Tower Intro/Blue Sky
05. Come Into My Kitchen
06. Seven Turns

Disc 2
01. In Memory of Elizabeth Reed>
02. Drum Solo>
03. Bass Solo>
04. In Memory of Elizabeth Reed
05. Band Introductions
06. My Get Away
07. Back Where It All Begins
08. No One To Run With
09. Long Time Gone

Disc 3
01. Jessica > Will the Circle Be Unbroken
02. Crowd Noise
Encore
03. Ramblin Man

 

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  posted on 12/29/2017 at 01:43 PM
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Well since this apparently some lame team sport type thing, I'll stand with the folks who would naturally expect a good show from a world-class musician.

I don't think Dickey's most hardcore fans are doing him any favors with this "NO expectations" jive. Have some faith please!!! He's not that bad y'all!


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I think I will use that for the password to the pre-Beacon show meet and greet at the Fairway... brings back the Clapton experience.

 

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  posted on 12/29/2017 at 01:32 PM
Gosh I'd hate to be on a lame team maybe I am! just people spouting off on the internet.

I reacted on Christmas which I should not have. I think I need to stay off these Dickey threads. The same people (even under different handles) say the same stuff over ad nauseum, , me included. I think if you are doubting or let down by Dickey, then it shouldn't be a big deal, just don't go. I don't get anything more than that simplistic. Or some (like me included) just like to post and be grand on the net.

If you want honesty here:
I am sorry I reacted to two posts. I don't care what anyone thinks of Dickey. What really tripped me was how sad it appeared that the only thing someone can think to say on Christmas is negative. I felt bad for that kind of reality of down-ness. and I wrongly got annoyed someone would actually share it on Christmas.

Time to slip away from this deal, as best I can. I wish all the best..... try not to get on this Dickey thing. Flame, piss, rant, smile, joy, whatever, it is the grand internet, where little un's can be big un's, me included, so FU on being offended

 

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  posted on 12/29/2017 at 01:25 PM
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Well since this apparently some lame team sport type thing, I'll stand with the folks who would naturally expect a good show from a world-class musician.

I don't think Dickey's most hardcore fans are doing him any favors with this "NO expectations" jive. Have some faith please!!! He's not that bad y'all!


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  posted on 12/29/2017 at 09:41 AM
Alan,Rainy,Mitch,Tony....I'm with you guys...no expectations,just Dickey and all of you....a great bunch....


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  posted on 12/29/2017 at 09:21 AM
Dickey never plays Chicago. Seen him in the south, NYC, Detroit but he doesn't come here for some reason.

And useless trivia that was told to me. The first live BHLT show was here in Chicago in a club on Clark street not far from me. The place is a liquor store now.

I have a copy of the show. Not sure if this is true or not but again, that was what I was told.

 

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  posted on 12/29/2017 at 09:10 AM
I agree with Mitch and Bird72... great expectations can always lead to disappointment. I try not to put that on myself or other people ....people are always expecting more than you can deliver at times.
He’s Dickey Betts a founding member of The Allman Brothers Band ..an original member of the best band EVER... and 73 going strong and wants to go out there. I would imagine thats scary when your young , Its a lot to do at his age.
Personally like Mitch stated I think Duane and Andy fit nicely as does Pedro ,Mike , Frankie not sure who other drummer would be ??
DBGS played the Beacon I think it was 07” ( anyone ) Im to lazy to look it up... It was a great show and it looked pretty much sold out ... I was in the 6th row .. I’d go again and again...
Im hoping as all his fans are that there will be more shows closer to their homes.. so we wait , impatiently , I might add to see the dates.
Thank God for DB...

Side note..my heart is broken that Gregg Allman has passed but he fought the fight bravely and with dignity. Im heart broken over Butch .... not sure why he would do it and it makes me so sad that anyone has that much pain and darkness. His powerful percussion and passion for keepin it all in the beat is hard to replace... so Missed is what I feel.

MItch I will forward to seeing you and all ABB / DBGS fans ...Blue Sky days ahead

 

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  posted on 12/29/2017 at 12:00 AM
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At least someone in this thread has his feet on the ground and reasonable expectations.



Hey be nice, all opinions are welcome if stated respectfully. Everyone here is well grounded I'm sure.

I think it's quite reasonable, in exchange for price of admission, to expect any artist to show up and give a good effort. I don't think anyone here has started any higher expectation than that.

Dickey has disappointed many of his FANS over the years, we all know that. Don't make it out to be the fan's fault. Everyone here seems willing to give him another chance.



All opinions are welcome and appreciated. I do not think any of the opinions expressed here were disrespectful. MY opinion is just that many are not realistic. I do not believe Dickey will be playing the Beacon Theater or touring with Jack, Chuck, Warren or Derek.

I also do not feel any disrespect for Dickey. No matter who is in his band and no matter what venue, if there is a show nearby, I will go. I don't care if he does an entire acoustic show or an acoustic set. I will be there. That is the sentiment that Mitch expressed and I was echoing.

I agree with you ABSNJ. I would love for Dickey to tour/play with Jack Pearson, Chuck, Oteil, Warren, and even Derek but realistically I don't see it happening.

 

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  posted on 12/28/2017 at 10:49 PM
You know what I mean Alan...I don't think Dickey will get any "celebs" in the band, and I do think Duane Betts and Andy Aledort are terrific axemen, worthy of playing alongside Dickey.

And I know Dickey has put on some sub par shows in the past. But he has also put on shows that were great...in the true spirit of The Brotherhood. I will gladly take my chances with regard to what the next show will be like. I won't hear great music if I don't go.

Look forward to seeing as many ABB and DB fans as I can at the show.

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At least someone in this thread has his feet on the ground and reasonable expectations.



Hey be nice, all opinions are welcome if stated respectfully. Everyone here is well grounded I'm sure.

I think it's quite reasonable, in exchange for price of admission, to expect any artist to show up and give a good effort. I don't think anyone here has started any higher expectation than that.

Dickey has disappointed many of his FANS over the years, we all know that. Don't make it out to be the fan's fault. Everyone here seems willing to give him another chance.



All opinions are welcome and appreciated. I do not think any of the opinions expressed here were disrespectful. MY opinion is just that many are not realistic. I do not believe Dickey will be playing the Beacon Theater or touring with Jack, Chuck, Warren or Derek.

I also do not feel any disrespect for Dickey. No matter who is in his band and no matter what venue, if there is a show nearby, I will go. I don't care if he does an entire acoustic show or an acoustic set. I will be there. That is the sentiment that Mitch expressed and I was echoing.

 

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  posted on 12/28/2017 at 02:31 PM
Dickey playing again. Will I go? Yes . Why thats what i do. Since 1970 thats the time.

 

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  posted on 12/27/2017 at 08:26 PM
Saw Albert King perform in 1988. Wasn't sure about going but ultimately decided that if I had the good fortune to see him perform, then I should go. Never ever regretted going.

Saw B. B. King perform in 2004 and 2012. Wasn't sure about going to the 2012 show but, again, decided that I should go. Never regretted going to either show.

This could be the making of a 2018 New Year's resolution for me.

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  posted on 12/27/2017 at 08:06 PM
Gee,and here I was thinking we were being good troopers driving 100's of miles,not asking for refunds or complaining about his no-show but just hoping he'd maybe play Sunshine again since he may tour again someday. And that other guy bought tickets & drove 60 miles but was clearly a bit disappointed by the end of the show,he even wished Dickey well, Neither comment seemed particularly harsh to me.
 

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  posted on 12/27/2017 at 02:58 PM
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I do believe Dickey will come to NYC, and I am lucky that for me, it will be an easy place to go to.

I will be there no matter who is in his band...I do not have any expectations, and I would be just as happy if he reunites the last version of DB+GS or has an all star band.

That said, Bird72 (Tony), I wish you could come to NY so we could attend the show together.

Mitch


At least someone in this thread has his feet on the ground and reasonable expectations. Just be thankful we MIGHT get to see Dickey play again. There are a lot of obstacles to overcome before Dickey hits the road. NYC would seem to be a no-brainer, and it's been a long time since I have seen you Mitch, so I am on board.


 

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  posted on 12/27/2017 at 09:49 AM
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I recommend you two absolutely do not go to a Dickey show. Please.


I saw Dickey immediately in 2001 during one of his first tours, it was a pretty great show to an embarrassingly small crow. I started to hear all of the bad feedback from Dickey's shows in the years after that and the live discs didn't sound too hot (Twinkle? Ugh), so I stayed away. But feeling nostalgic I saw one of Dickey's last shows from his 2014 tour, only a month and around the corner from the Allmans' last shows, and it was pretty stellar. I really thought that would be the end, but I'll go out and see him one more time since he will likely be near by.

 

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I do believe Dickey will come to NYC, and I am lucky that for me, it will be an easy place to go to.

I will be there no matter who is in his band...I do not have any expectations, and I would be just as happy if he reunites the last version of DB+GS or has an all star band.

That said, Bird72 (Tony), I wish you could come to NY so we could attend the show together.

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I do believe Dickey will come to NYC, and I am lucky that for me, it will be an easy place to go to.

I will be there no matter who is in his band...I do not have any expectations, and I would be just as happy if he reunites the last version of DB+GS or has an all star band.

That said, Bird72 (Tony), I wish you could come to NY so we could attend the show together.

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  posted on 12/26/2017 at 10:03 AM
I recommend you two absolutely do not go to a Dickey show. Please.

 

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  posted on 12/25/2017 at 04:46 PM
yes and we drove hundreds of miles to see him in Florida at Sunshine Fest but when we finally got there we were told at the gate he had just cancelled out and wouldn't be showing. We actually couldn't believe it, and had ignored the naysayers telling us we'd only be disappointed by him. He was the main performer we went for.

It'd be nice if he made up that date at Sunshine for the paying fans when he does finally perform again...since its very near his home too and there were a lot of very disappointed people there.

 

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  posted on 12/25/2017 at 11:20 AM
Based on the last time I saw him play, which was about five years ago in Fort Lauderdale, I would have to say that I certainly hope he gets himself together before he starts touring again. Dickie was so bad off that he lost himself in the middle of in memory of Elizabeth Reed where he didn’t even know where he was. He started rambling some intelligible words Between the sets, his son had to help him off the stage. I felt embarrassed for him and drove 60 miles to see this show. I felt let down. Please get better brother!
 

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The best I ever saw Dickey play in the last 15-20 years was with Phil Lesh & Friends in 2006. He & Duane came out for an hour of their show (entire 3rd set). It was Phil Lesh (bass, vocals), John Scofield (guitar), Larry Campbell (guitar), Rob Barraco (keys), John Molo (drums). It was like getting transported back to 1992.

Something to be said about the caliber of players on stage with him.


I have that disc... It was a good one... Lovelight & Going down the road were great

 

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The best I ever saw Dickey play in the last 15-20 years was with Phil Lesh & Friends in 2006. He & Duane came out for an hour of their show (entire 3rd set). It was Phil Lesh (bass, vocals), John Scofield (guitar), Larry Campbell (guitar), Rob Barraco (keys), John Molo (drums). It was like getting transported back to 1992.

Something to be said about the caliber of players on stage with him.

 

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  posted on 12/19/2017 at 08:53 PM
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Only one way to start the DB 2018 tour. At the Beacon on 12/31/17 with the Mule. Hope DB's management sees this. BTW, first post, but first show was 12/70. Been reading you guys since day one. Much joy, especially in '09 and '14.


Oh HELL NO!!!!!

If this get going, the absolute best place to start, and end the tour is Macon, Ga.

 

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