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  posted on 5/31/2007 at 08:59 PM
Allman knows 'which doors to open'
Legendary singer and friends en route to Rialto Theatre this Monday
By Kevin W. Smith
KSMITH@AZSTARNET.COM
Tucson, Arizona | Published: 05.31.2007

Although Gregg Allman's not a doctor, he still practices medicine.
The legendary singer, songwriter and keyboardist of the soulful, bluesy Allman Brothers Band says one of his goals in troubled times like these is to alleviate the stress of his audiences.

Allman estimates that each person in the crowd carries at least 1.5 problems in his or her heart when the person walks through the doors of a venue.
"We make them forget it," he said. "I've even gone so far as to tell people, 'All right, relax, have fun, don't even worry about tomorrow.' "
On a phone call from a tour stop in Oregon, Allman, 59, is surprisingly affable and humble for a guy who suffered painful tragedies while penning some of the greatest classic rock songs in history ("Whipping Post," "Midnight Rider," "Ain't Wastin' Time No More," "Melissa").

He still speaks with a friendly Southern drawl, punctuating sentences with "man," "you know what I mean?" and "dig it" like an outlaw in the 1960s biker classic "Easy Rider."
Similarly, his singing voice retains that distinctive, gruff, gut-grabbing, soul-stirring howl that layers Allman Brothers songs with beautifully cathartic, freewheeling tones.
"I would like to think we're the same boys we used to be," Allman said.
It's hard not to think the past hasn't altered him a bit.

Back in the late '60s, Allman skipped a potential career as a dental surgeon to join his guitarist brother, Duane Allman, in the music business with a group called the Allman Brothers Band in Macon, Ga.

The blue-collar band was playing six nights a week and pulling in about $444 every seven days, Allman says.

It was during this brutal touring time that Allman said he crafted the epic love anthem "Melissa," which he says was partly inspired by the Jerry Merrick song, "Follow."
"Some nights I'll start drifting back and thinking about what I wrote it about," he said. "It wasn't anybody in particular —somebody I wished I'd had."

The Allman Brothers Band would go on to set the precedent through the '70s for what is now known as Southern rock.

Tragedy struck when the Allman Brothers band was peaking commercially, as Duane was killed in a motorcycle accident in Macon in 1971. Eerily, the band's bassist, Berry Oakley, died the very next year after a motorcycle accident near the spot where Duane had crashed.

Gregg Allman soldiered on, battling substance abuse, a doomed marriage with Cher, and numerous Allman Brothers bandmates.

When he comes to Tucson performing as Gregg Allman and Friends, you'll find less outright revelry than at an Allman Brothers concert. The vibe is more subdued, with attention to the meditative qualities of the music, which will include Allman Brothers tunes, Allman's solo material and cover songs by artists like Bob Dylan.

Still, you wonder what runs through Allman's mind today as he's belting out Everyman anthems that have remained vital generations after their inception.

"You can't get too deep into thinking when you're singing a song because it'll make you tear up, and man, you don't want that to happen," he said. "That happened to me once, and it scared me to death.

"I know which doors to open in my brain and which ones not to."

 

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  posted on 5/31/2007 at 09:08 PM
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Allman estimates that each person in the crowd carries at least 1.5 problems in his or her heart when the person walks through the doors of a venue.



1.5 Problems?? That's all??? Wimps!!

 

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  posted on 5/31/2007 at 09:11 PM
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"I know which doors to open in my brain and which ones not to."


Wise words

 

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  posted on 5/31/2007 at 10:40 PM
I love Gregg. What a cool interview. Thanks GW!
 

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  posted on 6/1/2007 at 06:12 AM
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1.5 Problems?? That's all??? Wimps!!


Right on Bobo.

 

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  posted on 6/1/2007 at 06:26 AM
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"I know which doors to open in my brain and which ones not to."


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Wise indeed, isn't this the truth for alot of us. Gotta remember sometimes, don't dwell in all that sorrow too much, come back to reality man, come back.

 

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  posted on 6/1/2007 at 07:42 AM
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Wise indeed, isn't this the truth for alot of us. Gotta remember sometimes, don't dwell in all that sorrow too much, come back to reality man, come back.


So true. As I myself get older, I'm realizing more and more that shutting my mind to the everyday problems we all face is absolutely essential to serenity and sanity. It's like a coping skill we all must learn to develop and continue to exercise on a daily basis. Kind of like a muscle or an organ.

I always enjoy reading Gregg interviews. He's so damn wise to the world.

 

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"You can't get too deep into thinking when you're singing a song because it'll make you tear up, and man, you don't want that to happen," he said. "That happened to me once, and it scared me to death.




I know the feeling, happens to me alot when Im listening to certain tunes. Ya start thinking about stuff and the emotions just starting coming, great stuff!!

 

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  posted on 6/1/2007 at 09:34 AM
Love Gregg!!! Very cool interview, Mitzi! Thanks for sharing!

 

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  posted on 6/3/2007 at 08:25 AM
Great interview , Greggswoman ( Happy Birthday ! ). Thank you.

Imagine, to bring so much emotion and deep feeling to your music . So much , that you have to contain some of it. We love ya, Gregg.

 

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  posted on 6/3/2007 at 12:10 PM
man,that was a cool interview.ive been dealing with my own demons for years.but this band,and all the cool people on this site,do help me forget the past.take care,matt
 
 


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