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  posted on 4/21/2014 at 01:54 PM
Found this by accident....quite interesting

http://www.esquire.com/blogs/news/dickey-betts-interview-0114

 

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  posted on 4/21/2014 at 02:29 PM
"Gregg couldn't go wrong. He's got such a beautiful f***king voice"

As always...a class act.

 

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  posted on 4/21/2014 at 02:54 PM
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It was refreshing to get with a fresh group of musicians that weren't so embroiled in age-old jealousies and things.


I'm guessin' that the rest of the ABB felt the exact same way.

 

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  posted on 4/21/2014 at 03:11 PM
Great answers! I wonder what the questions were?

 

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  posted on 4/21/2014 at 03:50 PM
In Greggs book he took several shots at Dickey, everything from his song writing to getting Duanes mother pregnant. I can't help but think when Dickey successfully sued Capricorn for song writer royalties it created a ton of jealousy with Gregg.

 

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  posted on 4/21/2014 at 08:40 PM
Yup, ABB has cried every night since the departure of Mr Class Act who drove Jack P out of the band by refusing to turn down his rig, blew off shows like an emo 16 year old girl having fits, and punched Woody out. Yup. Really class act. Totally. ABB misses him every day=NOT.

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  posted on 4/22/2014 at 02:06 AM
and yet, through the history of the ABB...the true weak b*tch in toto was Gregg.........as a fan of the ABB since 1971....I've been burned more by Gregg's weak-ass than by Dickey two-to-one. Pretty simple. The 1973 resurrection and the highest charting album in the history of the ABB - Dickey. The 1979 resurrection - Dickey. The 1988 resurrection including who wrote the majority of the first two 1980s albums and brought Warren into the fold- Dickey. The song played at my funeral?? 'Jessica." Good luck with Goldie Locks.......

 

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  posted on 4/22/2014 at 02:28 AM
Gregg was always the weak link in the band. So why are you slammin' Dickey when he said nothing detrimental about you idol so why blast him? The ABB has been nothing but a cover band since they fired Dickey. I am happy to see Derek and Warren leave the band. My question is what took so long for them to come to their sense's.

 

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  posted on 4/22/2014 at 02:42 AM
but I have to say...........watching the following video............Galadrielle not only holds her own creatively and intellectually.........she also gets the most out of Gregg that I have heard in recent years - here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6WDTW3tj0LM

 

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  posted on 4/22/2014 at 04:51 AM
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  posted on 4/22/2014 at 05:50 AM
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Gregg was always the weak link in the band.


Aw c'mon. In recent years there have been how many books about the band and it's "All for one, we're all brothers" mantra? Seriously?..The "Weak link"... In what way?...Musicianship?....Man, I still believe that drummers are overrated. Imho, if there ever was a "weak link" it was those two who could have easily been replaced. And what about Gregg's voice?....and that B3. Personalities?, C'mon, you read the books....just which member was consistently described by the band as being a "Bully"?....please. Some here might refer to that alone as being somewhat of a "Weak link"...Songwriting?....Matter of opinion, I think "Jessica"..&.."Liz Reed" are just as much a part of history as "Midnight Rider" ..&.."Whippin' Post".

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The ABB has been nothing but a cover band since they fired Dickey.


You read the books how many times and by how many sources before this rumor/fabrication is put out to pasture?

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I am happy to see Derek and Warren leave the band.


C'mon man....I mean ...really?

And me?... the only band members I ever "idolized" were Duane & Chuck

 

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  posted on 4/22/2014 at 08:33 AM
Read one Way out it shows what a egotistical pain in the ass Dickey was and has always to this day has been .He is his own worse enemy ,and a shill of what he once was ,
 

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  posted on 4/22/2014 at 11:23 AM
I think it's been well documented that Dickey has a wild temper, is hard to work with and can be a psychopath. But my point was he drove the direction of the most commercially successful era of the band. I suspect Dickey financially profitted way more than Gregg or any other band member from the success of Brothers and Sisters and it is probably to this day a contentious issue.

 

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  posted on 4/22/2014 at 11:52 AM
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I suspect Dickey financially profitted way more than Gregg or any other band member from the success of Brothers and Sisters and it is probably to this day a contentious issue.


By googling XXX net worth I came up with this:
Dickey Betts net worth, 40 million.
Gregg Allman net worth, 15 million

Take it for what it's worth but Dickey's worth a big chunk of change.

 

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  posted on 4/22/2014 at 11:58 AM
It would have been nice to see what the questions were. However, you can guess ... Dickey certainly comes off better than Gregg and Butch in just about any interview I've seen. Smarter and more honest.

 

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  posted on 4/22/2014 at 12:17 PM
At the current point in time, they both suck.
 

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  posted on 4/22/2014 at 12:21 PM
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It would have been nice to see what the questions were. However, you can guess ... Dickey certainly comes off better than Gregg and Butch in just about any interview I've seen. Smarter and more honest.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ztQV-YV-EI

 

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  posted on 4/22/2014 at 07:44 PM
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Ya gotta love Dickey threads…

 

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  posted on 4/22/2014 at 10:39 PM
It is sad how some pass judgement on a person's character from things they read or rumors that spread. Dickey has gotten bashed around here over the years. Some thnigs are understandable such as a bad show. Opinions about the band, Setlists or how Dickey played are all valid. But the people who trash the character without meeting the man are way out of line. Dickey may have moments as we all do and perhaps you may not want to marry him or spend your life with him every day but Dickey is a real nice guy. Never been anything but friendly and generous to me, others I know and especially fans that i have seen him with. It is a bum rap that some give him here without ever having met the man. If you have never met him then your opinion of his character mean sh*t.

Between the two guys, Dickey is a much friendlier guy and far more social than Gregg. Approach both and see for yourself. People have all sorts of tales about meeting guys from the ABB, ever notice few involve Gregg? Not his thing I guess.

I agree with Derek's post 100%. I have tickets to two of Gregg's postponed/eventually cancelled shows. And then he playeed shows in the South around the dates of the postponed shows. I feel for some writing with dreams of maybe having the Australian shows rescheduled. Hell he didn't make up the North East shows in the US. I admire the dream but wouldn't hold my breath.

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  posted on 4/23/2014 at 02:38 AM
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The ABB has been nothing but a cover band since they fired Dickey.


Actually, if we're going to go down that road, the ABB has been a cover band since October 29, 1971

 

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  posted on 4/23/2014 at 07:11 AM
"The ABB has been nothing but a cover band since they fired Dickey."

the ABB was playing covers since before day 1. Duane's signature tune was a cover.

"tt is sad how some pass judgement on a person's character from things they read"

Sorry but my experience has been bad. I don't keep eating at restaurants that make me stick after a meal and I don't keep spending $$ on artists who don't deliver a quality show for the price. We tried to see DB and GS twice. First time was a no show cancel. Second time he was a drunken disaster. Never gonna give him a dime again. The kind of entertainment he offers I can achieve with a CD (better music) and courtroom TV (same behavior)

I can even google up any number of youtubes and spend the ticket money on a good sippin' bottle. I'm not 10 years old, so I don't mistake one thing for an entire person. Frankly speaking, he's generally a bad product I don't care to spend money on. This has nothing to do with me thinking he should be pickin' like it's 1975. I don't care for him enough to spend the dough to see if he 'just happens' to be having a good night.


DB did break up the the last run of the original ABB (with him in it). Hey sh*t happens, but I ain't gonna spend any more money on the dregs. He's the dregs. And it can still get worse.

 

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  posted on 4/23/2014 at 08:28 AM
Well, I'd heard all the Dickey horror stories for quite a while, but decided to attend the show in Atlanta last year. While there were a couple of off-moments - mainly stuff that happens within a band that doesn't play/rehearse often enough, it was a very enjoyable show. The setlist was kind of predictable, but all in all a nice evening of music. I'll be in Macon - sitting among fine folks, next Saturday night!

The You-Tube interview clip: this is a great interview! When you read interviews in print, all the lull moments and hems & haws get edited out. On a live TV show (Letterman, Colbert etc), Dickey said a few things that would have been followed by hearty audience laughter. I actually thought he was pretty sharp, here.

With luck, we'll all get old(er). As our temples begin to gray (those of us who manage to keep hair on our heads), our skills will probably fade. I'm in the late-middle 50's at this point, and I can see where I'm not aas sharp in some areas as I once was. Given this, I haven't seen too many players in their prime who can light up a guitar like Dickey Betts at his present age. He has not entered "BB Land" just yet.

 

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  posted on 4/23/2014 at 08:37 AM

i watched the youtube interview clip again after Pops posted it and boy, do i see things 180 degrees from watching it the first time. My hero is in deep, deep denial. thats all i am going to say about that.

 

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  posted on 4/23/2014 at 08:44 AM
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It is sad how some pass judgement on a person's character from things they read or rumors that spread. Dickey has gotten bashed around here over the years. Some thnigs are understandable such as a bad show. Opinions about the band, Setlists or how Dickey played are all valid. But the people who trash the character without meeting the man are way out of line. Dickey may have moments as we all do and perhaps you may not want to marry him or spend your life with him every day but Dickey is a real nice guy. Never been anything friendly and generous to me, others I know and especially fans that i have seen him with. It is a bun rap that some give him here without ever having met the man. If you have never met him then your opinion of his character mean sh*t.


Amen. I met Dickey years back when I was younger and about when I met a handful of people on this board but he was super nice to me. His eyes actually lit up when I told him I was a guitarist (probably because I was just out of high school and I actually listened to and played music) but he was extremely generous with his time and even started talking gear with me and asking what I ran through. I get some of the points, but that horse has been beaten to dust.

 

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  posted on 4/23/2014 at 09:10 AM
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It would have been nice to see what the questions were. However, you can guess ... Dickey certainly comes off better than Gregg and Butch in just about any interview I've seen. Smarter and more honest.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ztQV-YV-EI


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Pops I've seen this (sad) interview before. Ironically he makes more sense than the majority of coked out drunks I've come across. If you just listened to this interview (no video) you could you really tell Dickey was stoned? I don't think so. I can assure you I've seen Gregg during periods of supposed sobriety where he couldn't even speak. Ironically Gregg sang great or at least I though so.

Also I can't place the timing of this interview in relation where Dickey was i.e. close to firing, after Mark May DBB, post DDT GS, so ... that does affect context of it. Like I said listen to the responses without watching the herky jerky motions, the dialated pupils and the obivious liquor before noon. Dickey tries to be honest and funny. However, that said addiction isn't funny ... especially when it has affected your life.

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