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  posted on 11/23/2013 at 10:43 AM
HEADLINE: The Music Scene: Gregg Allman talks tribute show at Fox Theatre

By Melissa Ruggieri

Atlanta Constitution


Nov. 22--Ask Gregg Allman his thoughts about his upcoming tribute concert at the Fox Theatre and he's humbled to the point of being nearly silent.

How does he feel about being celebrated by a lineup that includes Jackson Browne, Natalie Cole, John Hiatt and the Allman Brothers Band?

"Quite honored," he said quietly in a recent phone interview.

Did he have any input into the performers who will commemorate his musical legacy?

"No, no input at all."

OK, then how did this idea come about?

"My manager approached me about it and I said, 'Don't they do that for people who have already passed away?' I didn't know exactly what to say," Allman noted, still at a bit of a loss for words a few days after the show was announced last month.

Obviously, though, he said yes. And good thing, since the Jan. 10 all-star concert -- officially called All My Friends: Celebrating the Songs and Voice of Gregg Allman -- sold out almost instantly, even with a top ticket price of $225.

The show, which will be filmed for multi-platform distribution, is being produced by Keith Wortman, whose resume includes executive producing the TV movies "Love for Levon: A Benefit to Save the Barn," about the Band's Levon Helm, and "We Walk the Line: A Celebration of the Music of Johnny Cash."

While Allman, who turns 66 Dec. 8, wasn't involved in the creation of the event, he is pleased that old friend Don Was will serve as musical director.

The night will surely involve coordinating the musical chess pieces of the aforementioned artists as well as Trace Adkins, Eric Church, Warren Haynes, Taj Mahal, Brantley Gilbert, Martina McBride, Pat Monahan, Sam Moore, Robert Randolph, Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks, Widespread Panic and any surprise or last-minute additions to the roster.

"I've worked with Don many times," Allman said. "Any time he's throwing any kind of party or gathering of musicians, he always calls and invites me."

Considering that the lineup is heavy on country artists and those with a predilection for jamming, Cole's name stands out as an anomaly.

Although the pair has worked on campaigns with the American Liver Foundation to educate the public about living with hepatitis C, Allman said he knows Cole better through musical channels rather than health-related ones.

"She's a sweet girl. I've known her about 20 years. She's come to (the Allman Brothers' annual concerts) at the Beacon (Theatre) and sat in with us. She likes to sing the blues," Allman said.

Despite downplaying the musically historical significance of the show, Allman became animated when articulating his thoughts about the concert's location.

"We played the Fox a couple of times over the years to keep it from getting torn down," he said. "You know, people rise up in Atlanta. People love that place and they should. It's so perfectly tuned. It's a magical place."

While there are still several weeks until Allman has to concern himself with rehearsals for his night of honor, the flaxen-haired Southern rock icon is hardly sitting idle through the holidays.

In December, he plans to head to Los Angeles to work on another blues album with T Bone
Burnett, who produced his 2011 Grammy-nominated "Low Country Blues."

Allman is also the process of vetting the script for a biopic being made about his life; he has no plans to be involved in casting, but did say of his onscreen counterpart, "I have always been of the opinion that he needs to know how to sing and play."

As executive producer of the film -- which Variety recently noted will be called "Midnight Rider: The Gregg Allman Story" will begin filming in January in Georgia -- Allman has final approval of everything.

"I'm just concerned that I want it to be right," he said. "I don't want people walking out of the theater thinking, 'What a weenie this guy is.'"

That will be an unlikely sentiment come Jan. 10.

All My Friends: Celebrating the Songs and Voice of Gregg Allman. With Jackson Browne, Natalie Cole, The Allman Brothers Band, John Hiatt, Trace Adkins, Eric Church, Warren Haynes, Taj Mahal, Brantley Gilbert, Martina McBride, Pat Monahan, Sam Moore, Robert Randolph, Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks and Widespread Panic. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 10. Sold out. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 1-855-285-8499, www.foxtheatre.org [http://www.foxtheatre.org/] .

 
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  posted on 11/23/2013 at 12:48 PM
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As executive producer of the film -- which Variety recently noted will be called "Midnight Rider: The Gregg Allman Story" will begin filming in January in Georgia -- Allman has final approval of everything.....

"I don't want people walking out of the theater thinking, 'What a weenie this guy is.' "



Sounds like the worst possible news.

Is there such an expression as self-hagiography?!

Some might say that audiences leaving the cinema thinking "What a weenie!" would be evidence of a creative triumph!




[Edited on 11/23/2013 by Shavian]

 

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  posted on 11/23/2013 at 01:23 PM
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As executive producer of the film -- which Variety recently noted will be called "Midnight Rider: The Gregg Allman Story" will begin filming in January in Georgia -- Allman has final approval of everything."


Sounds like the worst possible news.




Yep, don't like the sound of that either. Being involved as an executive producer doesn't seem to be a good idea to me. When the subject matter of the movie has final approval of everything....geez i don't think we gonna get a movie that will stick to the "ugly" truth. Everyone who's fallen from Gregg's grace but was important for his career and/or played a big role in his life will have his role downplayed in the movie and i personally think that a lot of Gregg's dubious recollections of events will be all over this movie and will therefor make it hardly realistic.

 

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  posted on 11/23/2013 at 02:22 PM
Excellent, informative Gregg post. Thank You.

 

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  posted on 11/23/2013 at 02:33 PM
I'll vote for Jeff Bridges playing Gregg.

Who would play young Gregg?

 

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  posted on 11/23/2013 at 03:10 PM
I think that's an excellent call, Seth. Bridges did a great job in Crazy Heart and he plays. Yes, still need a young Gregg.

 

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  posted on 11/23/2013 at 03:36 PM
It must be Jon Voight!



[Edited on 11/23/2013 by BoytonBrother]

 

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  posted on 11/25/2013 at 10:12 PM
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As executive producer of the film -- which Variety recently noted will be called "Midnight Rider: The Gregg Allman Story" will begin filming in January in Georgia -- Allman has final approval of everything.



They start filming in January and they haven't even announced who is playing who in the film? WHAT?? Something's up here. I suspect Gregg knows who will play him but has been told to keep mum.

 

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  posted on 11/25/2013 at 11:05 PM
Speaking of the ABB in movies, the new Matthew McConaghey (sp?!) movie has Matthew looking a lot like Dickey Betts in the commercials!!


http://www.washingtonpost.com/goingoutguide/movies/dallas-buyers-club-movie -review-matthew-mcconaughey-triumphs/2013/11/06/bf30a768-4634-11e3-bf0c-ceb f37c6f484_story.html

 
 


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