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  posted on 5/5/2014 at 12:49 PM
Just curious if anyone posted exactly what happened to Gregg's hand, wrist at Wanee? I saw him at Galadrille's book discussion and he was fine. Did he actually break it, his hand or wrist?

Bigger question is, since he couldn't make the Dr John tribute, after he flew home early from Australia, is he still recouperating? I was just a little shocked, and concerned, he missed the Dr John show. Anyone give us some good news on the old boy.

[Edited on 5/5/2014 by revonah]

 
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  posted on 5/5/2014 at 12:57 PM
The word was that he was in a golf cart and it tipped over.

 

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  posted on 5/5/2014 at 01:09 PM
Rumor has it that he was also supposed to sit in on the Gov't Mule show the night before the Dr. John tribute. Warren allegedly said something to that effect before "Dreams".

 

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  posted on 5/5/2014 at 01:11 PM
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The word was that he was in a golf cart and it tipped over.


I'm getting the feeling that he was in a wagon that tipped over.

 

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  posted on 5/5/2014 at 01:15 PM
Whatever is going on, The Santa Cruz Blues Festival is only 19 days away. Would really be disappointed if Gregg couldn't make it, but I fully expect him to be there.

 

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  posted on 5/5/2014 at 01:24 PM
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The word was that he was in a golf cart and it tipped over.


I'm getting the feeling that he was in a wagon that tipped over.


I think you mean he fell off...

 

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  posted on 5/5/2014 at 01:33 PM
From a close 2nd hand source: Gregg was driving a golf cart (to actually go take a look at more of the Spirit of Suwanee park grounds than he had seen before), when he put his hand out. He was going through tight squeeze between buses or trucks and he put his hand out and jammed his wrist breaking it in that area (not sure if the cart actually tipped over).

He still had use of his fingers when it was initially set that day, because he played some two hand keyboards at Wanee. The break might actually be on his forearm but it's in that area. I believe he has had surgery since and has had it re-set.

 

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  posted on 5/5/2014 at 02:00 PM
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From a close 2nd hand source: Gregg was driving a golf cart (to actually go take a look at more of the Spirit of Suwanee park grounds than he had seen before), when he put his hand out. He was going through tight squeeze between buses or trucks and he put his hand out and jammed his wrist breaking it in that area (not sure if the cart actually tipped over).

He still had use of his fingers when it was initially set that day, because he played some two hand keyboards at Wanee. The break might actually be on his forearm but it's in that area. I believe he has had surgery since and has had it re-set.
Yes, he had some "pins" (probably screws) put in to stabilize the fracture. Got that from a source close to him in Macon over the weekend.

 

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  posted on 5/5/2014 at 04:47 PM
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From a close 2nd hand source: Gregg was driving a golf cart (to actually go take a look at more of the Spirit of Suwanee park grounds than he had seen before), when he put his hand out. He was going through tight squeeze between buses or trucks and he put his hand out and jammed his wrist breaking it in that area (not sure if the cart actually tipped over).

He still had use of his fingers when it was initially set that day, because he played some two hand keyboards at Wanee. The break might actually be on his forearm but it's in that area. I believe he has had surgery since and has had it re-set.
Yes, he had some "pins" (probably screws) put in to stabilize the fracture. Got that from a source close to him in Macon over the weekend.


Which begs the question of when he'll be able to play keys or a guitar. Hope this does not impact his California gigs.

 

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  posted on 5/5/2014 at 05:01 PM
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Rumor has it that he was also supposed to sit in on the Gov't Mule show the night before the Dr. John tribute. Warren allegedly said something to that effect before "Dreams".


No rumor. I just listened to the Stage Banter from the MuleTracks. Warren definitely said Gregg was expected but couldn't be there.

 

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  posted on 5/5/2014 at 05:11 PM
Depends if it was a break or a fracture for healing time. Sometimes a fracture takes longer to heal than a clean break. If they went in and put pins in his arm just recently I can't see him playing guitar or keys for a while. Not knowing the exact injury I would guess recovery time is anywhere from 2-6 months. But, maybe the injury is in his wrist/forearm and he'll be able to play keys if he's not in too much pain.


 

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  posted on 5/5/2014 at 05:24 PM
It's his left hand, which he does not use much on keys

 

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  posted on 5/5/2014 at 05:44 PM
This has come up before about Gregg's hand, but why not go to the Mule and Dr. John shows and just sing? Surely everyone from the audience to the other musicians would have been thrilled to hear Gregg sing, even if he couldn't play.

Hey, even if you can't sing or play, why not just enjoy the shows as a spectator? Where else did Gregg have to be that was better or more fun than those 2 shows? I would have been delighted to be able to make it just as an audience member.

It really is a shame about these cancellations, but it sounds like both shows were excellent and did not suffer as a result.

 
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  posted on 5/5/2014 at 07:30 PM
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This has come up before about Gregg's hand, but why not go to the Mule and Dr. John shows and just sing? Surely everyone from the audience to the other musicians would have been thrilled to hear Gregg sing, even if he couldn't play.


He has a 95 year old mother, children, and a grandchild. Unless you are a close personal friend, who knows what is going on in his life?,,,,,,Just saying

 

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  posted on 5/5/2014 at 08:29 PM
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This has come up before about Gregg's hand, but why not go to the Mule and Dr. John shows and just sing? Surely everyone from the audience to the other musicians would have been thrilled to hear Gregg sing, even if he couldn't play.


He has a 95 year old mother, children, and a grandchild. Unless you are a close personal friend, who knows what is going on in his life?,,,,,,Just saying


I don't know what is going on in Gregg's life. But I do think if you make a commitment to perform you do owe your audience an explanation. The Dr. John Tribute show was not a "sit-in". He was listed as a performer.

 

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  posted on 5/5/2014 at 08:34 PM
Anyone remember Gregg's broken arm in the late 70s? Motorcycle accident? Left arm? How long was he out of commission? Of course that was over 30 years ago and we are all healing a bit slower now than we did in the 1970s.
 

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I don't know what is going on in Gregg's life. But I do think if you make a commitment to perform you do owe your audience an explanation. The Dr. John Tribute show was not a "sit-in". He was listed as a performer.


Yes I agree. Yet we must have all had times in our lives when we were under trying circumstances, and did not act as we should. I hope for his sake that their are no unfortunate family problems. If he has fell off the wagon as some may think, then we probably know why he has not given an explanation. If he has relapsed then his behavior is due to an illness.

 

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  posted on 5/5/2014 at 08:52 PM
Fractures take 6-8 weeks to heal. If they put pins/plates in, it will be stable, just painful. He might have some weight bearing restrictions on it, but this would likely not keep him completely off the keys: pain/swelling might.

if he looked fine the day after it does not at all sound like a horribly displaced fracture, 'cause if it was, he'd a been moanin' and hollerin' the blues in the ER and they'd have likely casted it after surgery just to protect it.

The plates and screws hold real good. Bet he's got a souvenir scar through a tat.






 

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  posted on 5/5/2014 at 10:39 PM
I get being protective of our heroes, but two no-shows this past weekend, cancelling shows in Australia, ending the Beacon run early and no announcements of make up shows or why he didn't make it this weekend is a bit concerning.
 

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I get being protective of our heroes, but two no-shows this past weekend, cancelling shows in Australia, ending the Beacon run early and no announcements of make up shows or why he didn't make it this weekend is a bit concerning.



I guess I am being protective of a music hero. I've loved his voice for decades. I am not however excusing his behavior. I'm just trying to say there may be factors that we are not aware of at play here.

 

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  posted on 5/6/2014 at 07:16 AM
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I'm just trying to say there may be factors that we are not aware of at play here.


I think we are all saying that. Lots of music heroes have found themselves off the wagon and under the wheel again... if that is what's happening with Gregg he doesn't owe us an explanation, or the promise of upcoming sobriety, or even a public trip to rehab. If it is just the broken wrist there should be announcements about make up dates for the Beacon shows.

The fans who, in some cases, spent thousands, lost vacation time, and had their very big plans twisted up, are owed an explanation.

A statement needs to be made be it cancellation, new dates, whatever...

Heck I'm still holding out on a Lockn' ticket. The prices will go up soon. I'm not as inclined to go if ABB isn't closing the show.

Music heroes should also be music professionals.

 

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  posted on 5/6/2014 at 07:37 AM
Think about this. It's Gregg's left hand. It didn't affect the ABB shows at Wanee as much because Gregg doesn't use his left hand as much as his right hand when playing the B-3. When he's playing with GA&F, he plays a lot of guitar, and the left hand is his fretting hand, which requires him to bend his wrist a lot. That would cause him pain, I'm sure, and would explain the need to cancel the Australian dates. I wouldn't read too much into this. He broke his wrist, he had surgery, he needs time to heal. My wife broke her wrist in an auto accident in Feb. 2013 and had surgery. She was back to work as a cosmetologist 4 weeks after surgery. Greg's probably doing pretty well by now, or at least on his way to a complete recovery. Be patient folks!
 

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  posted on 5/6/2014 at 08:17 AM
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I get being protective of our heroes, but two no-shows this past weekend, cancelling shows in Australia, ending the Beacon run early and no announcements of make up shows or why he didn't make it this weekend is a bit concerning.


I happen to agree with this. I'm doing Mountain Jam in a month; we'll see. I will say his behavior concerns me when "postponed" shows from March haven't had a breath of rescheduling in May.

 

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  posted on 5/6/2014 at 08:30 AM
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...two no-shows this past weekend, cancelling shows in Australia, ending the Beacon run early and no announcements of make up shows or why he didn't make it this weekend is a bit concerning.


This is a fair statement and merits consideration, but I don't think GA should be castigated for not traveling to NOLA a few days after having pins placed in his wrist to perform a song or two at two concerts. Come on now. Did anyone buy a ticket to the Dr. John event because they could hear Gregg sing a song?

 

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  posted on 5/6/2014 at 08:34 AM
I doubt anyone went to the Dr. John show just for G.A., but a small amount of P.R. stating that he wouldn't be there as advertised would end any speculation and likely be appreciated by fans who were disappointed because they were expecting him.

I don't think that's too much to ask.


Alan, I'd think if you had to miss Wanee last month, you (or your publisher) would have put word out that you weren't going to be able to make it for those who wanted to check your book out.

(By the way, I'm going to try to make it to Macon on Sunday as we will be passing through on the way to Tybee Island.)


[Edited on 5/6/2014 by WarEagleRK]

 
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