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  posted on 10/14/2007 at 04:31 PM
I am listening to an audience recording of their first show of the 1989 reunion tour from June 28, 1989, and I began to think...this show started a new and energetic phase in the career of the ABB: new musicians, new songs, new vitality.

But I can't believe that 18 years has passed since then, it seems like distant days, although the Allman Brothers Band is still running strong in its current lineup.

Anyone remember the first tour from 1989 and got some memories to share?

 

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  posted on 10/14/2007 at 04:50 PM
I saw them July 3, 1989 at Great Woods in Mansfield Ma. Great show, two sets, no opening act. They played something like 23 songs. It was sick, Warren, Woody, Johnny Neel and the original surviving four. Its pretty much a blur for me at this point, but it is also something I really enjoyed, as I wished for an ABB reunion for a long time. I also can not believe the great chapter they entered into as a result of that tour, and all the great shows we have gotten and still continue to get.
 

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  posted on 10/14/2007 at 05:51 PM
saw them at the oakdale theatre in wallingford ct. it was at the old facility in the round, in a tent like venue seated 3-4000 people, it was supposed to be a gregg allman band show, which was postponed and tickets were honored for the reformed brothers show! they did alot of fillmore east material, and even took a stab at "im no angel" which I havent heard them do since. also in the midst of the drum solo, i went to take a whiz, and met dickey and woody in the sh!t-house [no-sh!t] there was no back-stage area, and the stage was in the middle of the venue, the band had to walk through the audience!.
 





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  posted on 10/14/2007 at 06:06 PM
Saw them at Waterloo NJ, and Jones beach that yr. From '89 to 91, they played with an energy that has yet to be matched since.
What made it even more incredible was that ..we never thought we would see this band together again, maybe a reunion here and there like '86, but I never expected such great studio work for a number of yrs... before they went dry.
They were a better band with Dickey..when Dickey was in the right frame of mind.

 

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  posted on 10/14/2007 at 07:34 PM
Yeah, do I remember the reunion tour! I saw 'em on July 11 at the Poplar Creek Music Theatre outside of Chicago (now torn down ) I still consider it the best ABB show I've ever seen, mainly because of the anticipation of being able to see them again combined with not knowing whether they would stay together or if it was just a tour to support the "Dreams" box set.
From the opening notes of "Don't Want You No More" into "It's Not My Cross To Bear", they were just amazing, playing with fury & passion. They continued with "Statesboro", "You Don't Love Me" & "Please Call Home", then played the "hits"-"Blue Sky", "Midnight Rider" & "I'm No Angel". I was just going happy crazy!! The first set ended with "Trouble No More", Dickey's "The Blues Ain't Nothing" with Johnny Neel on vocals, then one of my favorite non-ABB Dickey songs "Duane's Tune", and "Southbound" Gregg said they were gonna take a break, giving me a chance to catch my breath
The second set started with an awesome 15 minute or so version of "'Liz Reed", then a quartet of solid performances- "Done Somebody Wrong", "One Way Out", "Just Before The Bullets Fly" & "Melissa". At this point I was thinking this is totally awesome & it couldn't get any better, but I was wrong, thankfully! Because then they decided to blast my brain to the outer reaches of it's limits For the next half-hour or so they played; "Dreams">"Jessica"(w/Mountain Jam tease)>"Whipping Post" I was floored! Such amazing playing, awesome soloing & just all around greatness! They left the stage at this point only to come back for the encore of "Les Brers" with drums! I was tingling with excitement & smiling from ear to ear, I thought to myself that I could die & go to heaven!
After "Little Martha" played on the PA & the house lights came up, I was walking to my car & over heard a guy say to his buddy "Man, that sucked, they didn't even play "Ramblin' Man" I just had to chuckle to myself, some people are just never satisfied!
Yeah, I remember the 1989 reunion tour!!!

 

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  posted on 10/14/2007 at 08:24 PM
We saw them in Pittsburgh that summer and it was a good show at a so so location. I remember being so excited that they were back together.
 

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  posted on 10/14/2007 at 09:19 PM
How can i forget it was my first ABB show!8/7/89 Greek Theatre Los Angeles
 

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  posted on 10/14/2007 at 09:22 PM
I saw the 8-11 show at Shoreline . Chris Issack opened and was very enjoyable. He played a much more upbeat set than I expected. We were about 20 rows back right in front of Gregg and I couldn't believe the Brothers were back. Dickey was definately the frontman and Warren proved he could play but seem happy to just blend in. I did think who the hell was that monster on bass, as much for his looks as his playing. Duanes Tune is the song that stood out most for me. Doesn't seem that long ago but man has alot happened since then.....pappy

 

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  posted on 10/14/2007 at 09:27 PM
I saw 'em at the Lakewood Speedway venue in south
Atlanta that summer. I don't remember who ... if anybody..
opened for them... but I got caught in traffic jam trying to
get there and was running late. Finally parked and was trying
to get my then-wife to shake a leg ... she wasn't a fan and
would have rathered it be Prince or somebody. As we were
hurrying to the gate I could hear them already playing ...
they opened with DWYNM / Cross to Bear. I thought that
awesome as hell and was telling my wife that this is just like
the 1st album. But ... dang her ... she remained unimpressed.

 

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  posted on 10/14/2007 at 10:26 PM
I was about 5 months pregnant with my first child that summer of 1989. The local radio station in Dallas was having a blood drive and giving away tickets to the ABB show. I couldn't donate but my husband did for me. The show was on a Wed night I believe at the Starplex and we went and I was having a good time but my husband wasn't and neither was my baby. He started kicking a bunch toward the end of the show and so we had to leave early. The only time I have ever left early!!! I guess the sound was too loud for his ears. Now if he would just turn down that rap music!

 

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  posted on 10/14/2007 at 10:28 PM
Beacon, September 1989. What I remember most about the show was the crowd. The anticipation of the people before the show was unbelieable!!. Everyone got to their seats early, we could hardly wait for the show to start. I remember they kicked off the second set with "Liz Reed" and they really nailed it. I remember thinking I will never see them as good as they are that night, but lucky for me I was wrong. I been to every Beacon run since then and every night is good, real good and some nights have been off the charts excellent. You always get your moneys worth with this band, without a doubt
 

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  posted on 10/14/2007 at 10:37 PM
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Beacon, September 1989. What I remember most about the show was the crowd. The anticipation of the people before the show was unbelieable!!. Everyone got to their seats early, we could hardly wait for the show to start. I remember they kicked off the second set with "Liz Reed" and they really nailed it. I remember thinking I will never see them as good as they are that night, but lucky for me I was wrong. I been to every Beacon run since then and every night is good, real good and some nights have been off the charts excellent. You always get your moneys worth with this band, without a doubt


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  posted on 10/14/2007 at 11:34 PM
Saw em at one of the three Oct. 3-5 shows at the Orpheum (saw the Stones in Foxboro the previous night, back to NH & back down to Boston again for this, when I was able to do these things) -- Berry came out with his dad's bass & sat in on Southbound -- very amazing, as was Dickey's Blue Sky solo -- have never heard him play it better, the crowd went nuts & he responded with a friendly wave -- yes the boys were back in town

 

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  posted on 10/15/2007 at 12:06 AM
Totally blew the audience away at Sandstone ( Now Verizon) Amphitheater in Kansas City.

 

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  posted on 10/15/2007 at 01:11 AM
seems like ages ago..saw 3 shows...that new guy Warren sure could play lol
 

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  posted on 10/15/2007 at 05:51 AM
July 1989 @ Great Woods in Mansfield Massacguetts....christ I cant even spell my own home state lol, ( i just got home from work) Ahem, Massachusetts. lol
I was a junior in High School, and being the youngest of 4 boys, I had been waiting to see them my whole life. They played my hometown in 1979/80 at the college football stadium, and my bothers all went but I was too young to go.(I was born in 72) I remember being in my yard and hearing "Pegasus" from the show. ( Enlightened Rouges was the tour, and that album was in heavy airplay in my house at the time, and even at a young age I knew the songs)
So, to make a long story longer, I was chomping at the bit to go see them. Expectations were high, and they did not disappoint. And so began my odyssey of going to as many gigs as I could in the 1990's. From Boston to Maine, to Alabama and Louisiana, New York and all over the east coast. and here I am, 18 years later, still going, gotta love it.

 

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  posted on 10/15/2007 at 10:21 AM
From '89-95 some of the best music since Duane/Berry. Saw the tour in '89, just magical and it got better in '90-95...incredible music.
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  posted on 10/15/2007 at 11:45 AM
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Beacon, September 1989. What I remember most about the show was the crowd. The anticipation of the people before the show was unbelieable!!. Everyone got to their seats early, we could hardly wait for the show to start. I remember they kicked off the second set with "Liz Reed" and they really nailed it. I remember thinking I will never see them as good as they are that night, but lucky for me I was wrong. I been to every Beacon run since then and every night is good, real good and some nights have been off the charts excellent. You always get your moneys worth with this band, without a doubt


I will second that!


And I'll third it,but I was prepared.Had also seen them at Jones Beach in July.

 

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  posted on 10/15/2007 at 11:58 AM
It was hearing a reunion thing on the radio while 12/13 year old me was travelling in ME in 89, that got me into them, Eat A Peach was bought the following day.

 

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  posted on 10/15/2007 at 03:42 PM
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saw them at the oakdale theatre in wallingford ct. it was at the old facility in the round, in a tent like venue seated 3-4000 people, it was supposed to be a gregg allman band show, which was postponed and tickets were honored for the reformed brothers show! they did alot of fillmore east material, and even took a stab at "im no angel" which I havent heard them do since. also in the midst of the drum solo, i went to take a whiz, and met dickey and woody in the sh!t-house [no-sh!t] there was no back-stage area, and the stage was in the middle of the venue, the band had to walk through the audience!.


I was at that show too!! Great show!!

 

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  posted on 10/15/2007 at 05:16 PM
The Blues Ain't Nothin' from those tours are incredible. I kinda wish they'd still play that song! Johnny Neel wrote that one and sang it on the '89 ABB tour, but I'm pretty sure when The Dickey Betts Band did it Dickey sang it.
 

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  posted on 10/15/2007 at 05:25 PM
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I'm pretty sure when The Dickey Betts Band did it Dickey sang it.


Yup, he did and does! "The Blues Ain't Nothin' But A Good Man Feeling Bad"

 

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  posted on 10/15/2007 at 05:51 PM
Saw Darien Lake show that summer. Went from being a big fan of the dead to a very big fan of the Allmans that night.

 

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  posted on 10/15/2007 at 06:38 PM
one of the worst shows i ever went to.7-22-89 met park,fl.
gregg was fried and left after the first set,dickey was'nt playing up to his standards.
warren was awesome and he's the reason i am still going to concerts of the abb.on the
better side, i saw them 7-11-90 at the fl theatre and it was one helluva show,derek
played on one tune,one way out.

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  posted on 10/15/2007 at 06:45 PM
I saw a few of those Dickey Betts Band/Gregg Allman Band shows they did together just before the reunion. The first time I saw Warren in Dickey's band, I knew ABB would reform, they had to with that talent. Dickey really showcased Warren. The first time I heard Warren's slide solo during blue Sky, I knew it was for real. Dickey & Gregg would do a little mini set at the end of those shows. Fond memories of a free show in Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, during that tour. I caught a couple of shows on the reunion tour in '89 also.
 
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