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  posted on 5/28/2008 at 08:19 PM
If posted already, sorry.

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http://blogs.creativeloafing.com/tampacalling/2008/05/28/gregg-allman-on-th e-road-to-recovery/

Go to the blog to read it and see the link to the video

Here's what was written in the Blog today:

Gregg Allman, pictured right, and Warren Haynes performing “These Days” (3/28/2007). The song was written by Gregg Allman’s former roommate, Jackson Browne. (video inserted on the blog)

A close friend of Gregg Allman emailed me on Monday with good news. The singer/songwriter/golden voice of the Allman Brothers Band canceled a bunch of recent shows, including ABB’s Wanee dates, due to hepatitis C. But it sounds like his condition is improving. “Talked to Gregg today,” she noted. “He is on the road to good health and will be glad to get back out on the road.” I’m a big ABB fan. Here’s an interview I did with Allman in 2006 for McClatchy Newspapers. This one ran in the San Diego Union-Tribune:


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Here's the article it copies:

A midnight rider and his son ride into town

By Wade Tatangelo
November 30, 2006

Gregg Allman was in good spirits when he answered the telephone at his home near Savannah, Ga., recently. The singer-keyboardist had just been inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in Atlanta. He was already a member of the Georgia and Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame as part of the Allman Brothers Band.

Allman sounded sincerely moved to be in the company of his heroes, fellow Georgia greats James Brown, Little Richard, Otis Redding, “Statesboro Blues” composer Blind Willie McTell and his late brother, Duane Allman, who was also inducted, posthumously, as a solo act in 1982.

“I appreciated it quite a bit,” Allman said in his soft Southern drawl.

The 58-year-old was inducted along with R.E.M., whose members joined him on a rendition of “Midnight Rider,” the Allman Brothers song Gregg rearranged as a hit single for his 1972 solo album “Laid Back.”

His touring show this year, which lands at the House of Blues in downtown San Diego Wednesday night,also features Allman’s 31-year-old son, Devon, who fronts the rock ‘n’ soul band Honeytribe.

“It’s really great,” Allman enthused. “I remember the first time I heard that (jazz great) Dave Brubeck was going on the road and had two of his sons in his band. I thought, man, what a great thing, to have your kids play with you.

“Now, (Devon) is no kid, he’s half as old as me,” he said chuckling.

His other son, Elijah Blue, from his marriage to Cher, fronts the hard-rock band Deadsy. The proud father was quick to point out that both his boys accomplished everything on their own.

And that led to a recounting of his early days with the Allman Brothers Band.

“In 1970, we worked 306 nights and I don’t think I made enough to pay income tax, I think I made $1,600 for the year,” Allman said, laughing. “We’d play Philly on a Saturday night and find a park to play for free the next day.

“We’d borrow a generator and somehow, some way, set up and start playing and the next thing you know 2,000 people are there. … All that’s changed, though.”

His solo career began with “Laid Back” in 1973, a masterstroke featuring the hit reworking of “Midnight Rider,” as well as fresh, emotional originals like “Multi-Colored Lady” and “Queen of Hearts.”

Allman, who self-medicated himself for decades, recently said he got sober on Oct. 29, 1996 – the 25th anniversary of Duane Allman’s death. By all accounts, he has remained on the wagon. In addition to working on new music, he said he is two-thirds finished with his autobiography. Unhappy with past Allman Brothers tomes such as “Midnight Riders,” by Scott Freeman, Allman decided to tell the tale himself.

“Might as well put it out there as it is,” Allman said. “My book is funny, but there are some tearful parts. I stay away from the drug and alcohol stuff except to warn people you’re being fooled if you think you sound your best up there when you’re stoned.”

Allman hasn’t released a solo record since 1997, but The Allman Brothers Band’s last studio release, “Hittin’ the Note” (2003), was hailed as the group’s best album in decades. Allman said he plans to work on both new solo and Brothers albums next spring. His current solo tour takes him through the winter. Next spring and summer he will again team with the Brotherhood.

“I’m looking down the barrel of 60 years old, I’m 58, people say there’s gotta come a day,” Allman said. “But retire from what? If the tour bus don’t kill me, I’ll do this as long as I can. I got to play because as much as I have been playing the last 10 years with my two bands I’ll get home and just be exhausted. But four or five weeks later it’s like ‘Come on, let’s do something.’ ”

 

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  posted on 5/28/2008 at 08:33 PM

 

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  posted on 5/28/2008 at 09:19 PM
Great news indeed!!!

 

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  posted on 5/28/2008 at 09:26 PM
It's gonna be good to hear and see him up there again soon... Thanks for sharing

 

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  posted on 5/28/2008 at 10:06 PM
I think the fact that more summer shows are going on sale now is a good sign that we will get to see them this year. Best wishes to Gregg for a return to good health!
 

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  posted on 5/28/2008 at 10:15 PM
Good to hear Keep getting well Greeg!

 

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  posted on 5/28/2008 at 11:42 PM
I am so happy to hear good news. Thanks for the post.

 

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  posted on 5/29/2008 at 09:26 AM
Thanks Ang!

 

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  posted on 5/29/2008 at 10:48 AM
It will be good when this is behind him once and for all.
 
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  posted on 5/29/2008 at 11:27 AM
Awesome news!

 

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  posted on 5/29/2008 at 01:18 PM
Go Gregg Go! Get well buddy!

 

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  posted on 5/29/2008 at 03:26 PM
What fine news. I can't wait to see him. I miss him so.
 

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  posted on 5/29/2008 at 04:04 PM
Be careful of second hand news. Yes, it sounds great and I'm definately not trying to dismiss anyone's hopes, and good thoughts. Just being real and under the same tx. I am still very nervous and scared that it is way too soon. I was told yesterday he is still feeling very crappy.

 

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  posted on 5/29/2008 at 06:50 PM
Thank you, Ang. Still....Hil has a point.

 

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  posted on 5/29/2008 at 10:29 PM
I'll read anything I find on the web about Gregg, even if it may not be a credible source.
That's because we get no information at all from the ABB organization or from Gregg himself.
I know he is entitled to his privacy, but we should get a morsel of truth sometime. I am not
buying anymore show tickets or plane tickets either until I know he will be at the shows.


I think it's unfair to fans. I love Gregg and I support him and wish him all the best and I hope
he is healing well, but it is a little annoying not to know anything. From what I've heard and read,
most people take at least a year to recuperate from this treatment. That is what I think about it.
BTW, I lost money canceling the May Beacon shows since I had non-refundable
plane tickets for two.



[Edited on 5/30/2008 by ruthelane]

 

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  posted on 5/29/2008 at 10:37 PM
Ruthie, you are a smart girl. The morsel has been posted by this credible source. Hil

 

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  posted on 5/30/2008 at 11:01 PM
Thank you Hilarie!

 

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