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  posted on 9/18/2014 at 08:40 AM
http://www.syracuse.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2014/09/derek_trucks_quitti ng_allman_brothers_relief.html


Derek Trucks on quitting the Allman Brothers Band: 'It's a big relief'

By Chris Baker | cbaker@syracuse.com
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on September 18, 2014 at 6:30 AM, updated September 18, 2014 at 8:18 AM

In January, guitarist Derek Trucks announced he and fellow guitarist Warren Haynes would leave the Allman Brothers Band at the end of this year.

That end is rapidly approaching, with just six shows remaining in the Haynes-Trucks era of the iconic jam-rock group.

Syracuse.com spoke with Trucks on the phone last week about music, family and his decision to leave the Allman Brothers Band. We'll have more from that interview tomorrow.

In the meantime, here's the unedited transcript of Trucks' comments about leaving the Allman Brothers:

As your time with the Allman Brothers draws to a close, what's going through your mind? Are you dreading calling it quits, or is it a relief?

It's a big relief. It's been a huge honor to be a part of that band and it was a huge shock to join at 19 or 20. Even then I had my own band and never thought [the Allman Brothers Band] was the one thing I would do. I wouldn't take the gig if I couldn't keep my own thing too.
But when you're in the gig and bringing that music to life, there's nothing like it.


So you didn't imagine this would be a long-term thing?

I thought 2 or 3 years. I never thought I'd be there for 15 years. I blinked and here we are.

Have you been thinking about leaving for a while, then?

It had been on my mind for the last 7 or 8 years. I even called around and said, 'I love you guys but I've got to focus on this thing. I think I've only got another year or two left.' At the 40th anniversary I thought that was the time. It's amazing how it's continued to roll along.
About 2 years ago I made the decision. I sat down with everyone and said I want to go out right, but I'm stepping away. It's either right now, or if we can rally one more time, let's go out on the 45th [anniversary] and make it a thing. Let's end on a high note. I don't want it to ever be embarrassing or a nostalgia act. Now that the end is getting close maybe not everyone is sticking to that plan. But I'll be sticking to it.


What about Warren [Haynes]? Did you two decide you were going to get out together? Or did your decision spur him along?

Everybody knew I was trying to get out for quite some time and it dawned on Warren that this was the last incarnation he wanted to be a part of. So it became we would get out together. Early in the year Butch [Trucks] was on Jam Cruise and he let it spill that I was leaving. Then I'm forced to make a statement, so I called Warren because I didn't want to leave him in the dark. I told him I was putting out a statement saying I was leaving. He said, 'Can you change I to we?'
It's funny for a band together 45 years it can be a comedy of errors. There's a lot of lessons.


Since I can remember, you've juggled more than one band at a time. What do you plan to do with the free time opened up by not touring with the Allmans?

Really one of the main reasons I decided it's happening now is my kids are 12 and 10 years old. I only have a handful of years left where I'm home and they're kids. It'll be nice to only have one band to focus ideas and attention into. But it's quality of life with the family. Early teen years are a crazy time to be alive on earth.

 

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  posted on 9/18/2014 at 09:09 AM
Derek has always seemed like a well grounded young man. I'm sure that he's made the most of his years with the Allman Brother's Band - especially in the financial sense. He's focused on being a father to his children and furthering his OWN musical ventures and creativity. As a common fan, I am proud of him!

 

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  posted on 9/18/2014 at 09:13 AM
".....let's go out on the 45th [anniversary] and make it a thing. Let's end on a high note. I don't want it to ever be embarrassing ...."


The best laid plans of mice and men...

I'm sure he is very sympathetic towards Gregg but I bet he is also very relieved to be walking away.










 

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  posted on 9/18/2014 at 09:46 AM
Hmmmm.....

"Now that the end is getting close maybe not everyone is sticking to that plan."

 

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  posted on 9/18/2014 at 09:48 AM
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Hmmmm.....

"Now that the end is getting close maybe not everyone is sticking to that plan."


the juicy tidbit begging speculation......

 

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  posted on 9/18/2014 at 09:56 AM
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Early in the year Butch [Trucks] was on Jam Cruise and he let it spill that I was leaving. Then I'm forced to make a statement, so I called Warren because I didn't want to leave him in the dark.


Not that it's a venomous statement, but he sounds at least a little peeved at Uncle Butch.

 

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  posted on 9/18/2014 at 10:07 AM
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Hmmmm.....

"Now that the end is getting close maybe not everyone is sticking to that plan."


the juicy tidbit begging speculation......


The road goes on forever. I have said since day 1 to wait and see. Lots has happened and been discussed in the back ground. The soap opera that is the music business.

 

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  posted on 9/18/2014 at 10:37 AM
Based on the history of the band IMHO the last Beacon show will not be the last Allman Brothers show for this incarnation of the band. I would be willing to bet there are at least some one off reunion shows in the future as they seem to be splitting on good terms this time.
 

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Early in the year Butch [Trucks] was on Jam Cruise and he let it spill that I was leaving. Then I'm forced to make a statement, so I called Warren because I didn't want to leave him in the dark.


Not that it's a venomous statement, but he sounds at least a little peeved at Uncle Butch.


Can you blame him? That was a terrible way to break the news. Either the band makes the statement or the departing members do (after notifying the others first).

I wonder if Derek regrets not simply giving 2 weeks notice.

 

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Early in the year Butch [Trucks] was on Jam Cruise and he let it spill that I was leaving. Then I'm forced to make a statement, so I called Warren because I didn't want to leave him in the dark.


Not that it's a venomous statement, but he sounds at least a little peeved at Uncle Butch.


Can you blame him? That was a terrible way to break the news. Either the band makes the statement or the departing members do (after notifying the others first).

I wonder if Derek regrets not simply giving 2 weeks notice.


He could have just sent a fax ...

 

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  posted on 9/18/2014 at 11:00 AM
Derek is a class act. I have enjoyed his time with The Allman Brothers immensely ans I look forward to all the music Derek will create in the future.

 

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  posted on 9/18/2014 at 11:25 AM
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Hmmmm.....

"Now that the end is getting close maybe not everyone is sticking to that plan."


the juicy tidbit begging speculation......


Derek and Warren have both made that comment in recent interviews.

 

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  posted on 9/18/2014 at 11:28 AM
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Hmmmm.....

"Now that the end is getting close maybe not everyone is sticking to that plan."


the juicy tidbit begging speculation......


Imho, he is referring to Gregg and his grandiose ability to speak of dreams that never seem to materialize.....

 

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Derek is a class act. I have enjoyed his time with The Allman Brothers immensely ans I look forward to all the music Derek will create in the future.


Ditto!

 

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Imho, he is referring to Gregg and his grandiose ability to speak of dreams that never seem to materialize.....


This.

 

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Imho, he is referring to Gregg and his grandiose ability to speak of dreams that never seem to materialize.....


You mean he's hung up on Dreams he'll never see?

 

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  posted on 9/18/2014 at 04:18 PM
That's such a great Molly Hatchet song.
 

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That's such a great Molly Hatchet song.



I think you are in the minority around here with that opinion but I agree with you.


And oh by the way, Dreams is my favorite ABB song. Go figure.

 

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  posted on 9/18/2014 at 04:45 PM
Butch sort of reminds me of McCartney in 1970

The break-up itself was a cumulative process throughout 196970, marked by rumours of a split and ambiguous comments by the Beatles themselves regarding the future of the group. Although John Lennon privately informed the other Beatles that he was leaving the group in September 1969, there was no public acknowledgement of the break-up until Paul McCartney announced on 10 April 1970 he was quitting the Beatles.

 

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  posted on 9/18/2014 at 04:50 PM
I am glad I got to witness Mr.Trucks play in the Allman Brothers band...I am looking forward to his future albums..It would be cool as hell if Derek,Susan,Oteil and Dickey wrote and recorded a song together.

[Edited on 9/18/2014 by fender31]

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Butch sort of reminds me of McCartney in 1970

The break-up itself was a cumulative process throughout 196970, marked by rumours of a split and ambiguous comments by the Beatles themselves regarding the future of the group. Although John Lennon privately informed the other Beatles that he was leaving the group in September 1969, there was no public acknowledgement of the break-up until Paul McCartney announced on 10 April 1970 he was quitting the Beatles.


John Lennon had his take on that whole thing that went something like this: picture the Beatles breakup as a cartoon. The first panel, everyone is on stage. The second panel has three guys leaving the spotlight. The last panel is one guy standing alone who says "I'm leaving." I don't see Butch as the lone guy saying "I'm leaving."

 

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I think you are in the minority around here with that opinion but I agree with you.


And oh by the way, Dreams is my favorite ABB song. Go figure.


Sorry, I was being sarcastic. I'm not a fan of their version of Dreams.


I'm surprised nobody has showed up to say that Derek was being an ingrate for his comments like in so many other recent Derek interview threads about the end of the band.


 

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The break-up itself was a cumulative process throughout 196970, marked by rumours of a split and ambiguous comments by the Beatles themselves regarding the future of the group. Although John Lennon privately informed the other Beatles that he was leaving the group in September 1969, there was no public acknowledgement of the break-up until Paul McCartney announced on 10 April 1970 he was quitting the Beatles.


John Lennon had his take on that whole thing that went something like this: picture the Beatles breakup as a cartoon. The first panel, everyone is on stage. The second panel has three guys leaving the spotlight. The last panel is one guy standing alone who says "I'm leaving." I don't see Butch as the lone guy saying "I'm leaving."


No; but like Paul Butch seems to revel in taking the "spotlight." Paul did it with the breakup; he did it when he was the first Beatle to talk about using LSD (though he was by far the least druggie of the group.

 

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".....let's go out on the 45th [anniversary] and make it a thing. Let's end on a high note. I don't want it to ever be embarrassing ...."


The best laid plans of mice and men...

I'm sure he is very sympathetic towards Gregg but I bet he is also very relieved to be walking away.




I think only one part of this statement is true.

 

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  posted on 9/18/2014 at 09:01 PM
I must admit that I am somewhat concerned by the idea that the ABB will continue sans Derek and Warren. Of the remaining potential members, who has demonstrated a creative spark in the last decade? Obviously Oteil does a lot of projects but his status is unknown. To move forward, Butch, Jaimoe, and Gregg and yet-to-named guitar player(s) would have to create some new material. I just can't imagine how relying on old warhorses like Statesboro and One Way Out with a couple of less prominent guitar players would generate much interest. My fear is seeing Butch, Jaimoe, and Gregg gamely hacking their way through Midnight Rider on a PBS fundraiser or at a local fair. Of course, they reserve the right to play as long as they want to. Doesn't necessarily mean that they should.
 
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