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  posted on 12/13/2006 at 09:23 PM
Allman proves his voice is still peachy at Celebrity Theatre
By Chris Hansen Orf, Tribune
December 12, 2006

With his regular group, The Allman Brothers Band, on break, Gregg Allman played the Celebrity Theatre Sunday night with a little help from his friends, and the nearsellout crowd greeted the rock legend with a hero’s welcome.

“I think Gregg Allman is the greatest white blues singer of all time,” said Patti Nelson, 44, of Mesa. “He’s one of the greatest singers ever.”

Backed by a six-piece band that included guitarist Val McCallum — who handled the tough task of emulating the late Duane Allman’s iconic slide guitar work on The Allman Brothers’ tunes with aplomb — Allman switched between his Hammond organ and guitar throughout the set, which began with the singer’s last major solo hit, “I’m No Angel” from 1986, before tearing into some serious blues, such as “House of Blues” and a hopping cover of blues great Bobby Bland’s “Turn on Your Love Light.”

The singer, who celebrated his 59th birthday last week and now has some gray snaking through his blond ponytail, proved that past years of hard living — the singer has been sober now for a decade — has remarkably left his voice unravaged, as Allman proved on a tender, bluesy cover of Bob Dylan’s “Just Like a Woman,” the singer wringing out every note of the song with a beauty that Dylan himself has never been able to give it.

Highlights from the twohour set included a stellar version of Allman’s prettiest tune, “Melissa,” from The Allman Brothers Band’s classic 1971 album “Eat a Peach,” the lovely acoustic “All My Friends” from the singer’s first solo album, 1973’s “Laid Back,” and two more classic Allman Brothers Band tunes, “Midnight Rider” and a slower, groove-laden “Whipping Post.”

The crowd gave Allman and his band several standing ovations in appreciation, a feeling Devon Allman, Gregg’s son, also experienced after his stunning opening set. The audience gave Devon Allman’s Honeytribe a “standing O” for several minutes as they left the stage after playing a spirited 45 minutes.

The blond, younger Allman physically resembles his father, and it is also apparent that he inherited his dad’s ability to sing and his uncle Duane’s ability to play the heck out of a Gibson Les Paul guitar.

The appreciative audience’s long ovation did not go unnoticed by the elder Allman, who mentioned his son’s set during his own performance.

“That’s my baby,” said the proud father. “He ain’t no baby no more.”

Contact Chris Hansen Orf by email, or phone (480) -898-568

 

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  posted on 12/14/2006 at 07:10 AM
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“That’s my baby,” said the proud father. “He ain’t no baby no more.”

Thats great!

 

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  posted on 12/14/2006 at 06:25 PM
Fantastic article, Mitzi! Thanks for sharing! Touching comment from a dad about a son.
And this really makes me want to hear Gregg's take of Just Like a Woman!

 

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  posted on 12/14/2006 at 07:30 PM
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“I think Gregg Allman is the greatest white blues singer of all time,”


We think so too!!!

 

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