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  posted on 12/20/2008 at 05:37 PM
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http://www.heraldnews.com/entertainment/x1435866946/Allman-joy

Rock legend Gregg Allman celebrates the holidays at the Z

By Deborah Allard
GateHouse News Service
Posted Dec 19, 2008 @ 09:40 AM
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NEW BEDFORD — The legendary Gregg Allman, Allman Brothers Band co-founder, is heading to the Zeiterion Theatre for a concert on Sunday, Dec. 28, as part of his holiday solo tour.

“We got some new songs. It ought to be a lot of fun,” Allman said, speaking by phone from his home outside Savannah, Ga., on a bayou that leads to the ocean.

There, Allman co-exists with 300-year old oak trees and his new friend, 3-month old Marley, a black and blonde yorkiepoo pup.

At 61, Allman said Marley isn’t the only one learning new tricks. As both a solo performer and a member of the Allman Brothers Band, Allman is still creating music that combines rock, blues country and even jazz.

Being a solo performer, Allman said, resembles being “head chef.”

“There’s less stress. With the brothers, you’ve got to get everybody to agree.”

The recently divorced Allman, who was also married to Cher in the 1970s, has seen a lot of ups and downs in his life. His brother, Duane Allman, died in 1971, just two weeks after the Allman Brothers’ live record At Filmore East went gold. The following year, bassist Berry Oakley passed.

Allman has also dealt with drug and alcohol problems and just this year recovered from Hepatitis C.

Allman said he contracted the blood-bourne disease when he got a tattoo in the early 1970s. The infection laid dormant for years, he said.

“Ten or 15 years later, I went on a drinking binge, heavy, for about 10 years. It brought it out,” Allman said.

Sober for many years now, Allman was treated for the disease with Interferon, which he called “watered-down chemo,” and said he feels 30 years old these days.
“I never imagined being 60 and doing the same things I did when I was 22,” Allman said.

A singer, guitarist and keyboardist, Allman’s performance at the Zeiterion will be his second tour stop before he heads to New York and other northeast states.
At present, he’s rehearsing in his studio at home.

“She’s ready to chew my ankles off,” Allman said of Marley with a laugh.

He got Marley for his 61st birthday on Dec. 10 from some friends. He recently lost a dog, Dawn, which he rescued from a shelter in Louisiana following Hurricane Katrina. She was one day from being put down.

“I’ve had bloodhounds, St. Bernards and a Newfoundland,” Allman said. “But, you don’t know love until you’ve had a lap dog.”

Joining Allman on the tour will be Bruce Katz (keyboard), Jerry Jemmott (bass), Steve Potts (drums), Scott Sharrard (guitar), Jay Collins (sax) and Floyd Miles (percussion).

“They’re way better players than me,” Allman said. “It really puts you up on your toes.”
The Zeiterion performance starts at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $48 to $68 depending on seating preference. Tickets from previously postponed shows will be honored at this performance.

Visit www.zeiterion.org for tickets or call the Box Office at 508-994-2900, Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.





[Edited on 12/22/2008 by DerekFromCincinnati]

 

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  posted on 12/20/2008 at 06:22 PM
well it has always been like that hasn't it............??

Jerry had much less drama with the JGB than with Weir et al.

he controls his band and the song selection and set list is my guess and would stand to reason he would.

.........the ABB is now a full blown orchestra with two premier world class guitar players > one of whom is a pretty decent sanger song-writer too.

just more hands on the pot > all is good.........stress in the ABB is like a good instrumental...........tension > release.

 

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  posted on 12/20/2008 at 07:04 PM
recently divorced? from Stacey? i didn't know that.
geeeeez how many is that?
i'm excited about some "new stuff"!

 

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  posted on 12/20/2008 at 09:37 PM
I just gotta laugh when I hear a musician talking about the "stress" of his job. I"m sure there are disagreements with his bandmates, but it's hardly real stress that the rest of the workforce has to put up with: obnoxious bosses, deadlines, obnoxious clients, obnoxious co-workers, competition with co-workers, possible layoffs and firings, overtime, long hours, meager pay, etc. etc.

The stress of big-time musicians, even the ABB isn't real stress. I'd take their stress anyday compared to the stress I get at my 9 to 5!



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  posted on 12/20/2008 at 10:18 PM
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I just gotta laugh when I hear a musician talking about the "stress" of his job. I"m sure there are disagreements with his bandmates, but it's hardly real stress that the rest of the workforce has to put up with: obnoxious bosses, deadlines, obnoxious clients, obnoxious co-workers, competition with co-workers, possible layoffs and firings, overtime, long hours, meager pay, etc. etc.

The stress of big-time musicians, even the ABB isn't real stress. I'd take their stress anyday compared to the stress I get at my 9 to 5!



[Edited on 12/21/2008 by BarrySmith]


It sounds as if you know what a working musician goes through.

 

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  posted on 12/20/2008 at 10:22 PM
Of course! I've heard the song by Dire Straits "Money for nothing" a million times. Mark Knophler overheard a conversations from some laborers at an appliance store. They were watching MTV and complaining that musicians aren't working.

"Money for nothing and checks for free"
"That ain't workin' play your guitar on MTV"




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  posted on 12/20/2008 at 10:22 PM
LOL!!

 

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  posted on 12/20/2008 at 10:38 PM
Interesting article Derek. I've always felt that as Gregg got older that he would focus more on GA&F than the ABB. One of the great ironies of the ABB is, is that they have one of, if not the best Blues/R&B singers in the business, but by and large the ABB in and of itself is not a singer's band, but more a guitarist band. Gregg ioves singing the "old school" Blues/R&B classics, and in many ways GA&F is a better vehicle for Gregg to do so. I would love for Gregg to do a tribute CD to that many artists such as Ray Charles, B.B. King, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Little Milton, ect that have influenced him throughout the years. And I would want him to do it right, with a full horn section, female back-up singers, the whole nine yards, and then take THAT show on the road.
 

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Interesting article Derek. I've always felt that as Gregg got older that he would focus more on GA&F than the ABB. One of the great ironies of the ABB is, is that they have one of, if not the best Blues/R&B singers in the business, but by and large the ABB in and of itself is not a singer's band, but more a guitarist band. Gregg ioves singing the "old school" Blues/R&B classics, and in many ways GA&F is a better vehicle for Gregg to do so. I would love for Gregg to do a tribute CD to that many artists such as Ray Charles, B.B. King, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Little Milton, ect that have influenced him throughout the years. And I would want him to do it right, with a full horn section, female back-up singers, the whole nine yards, and then take THAT show on the road.


Sounds great to me!

 

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I just gotta laugh when I hear a musician talking about the "stress" of his job. I"m sure there are disagreements with his bandmates, but it's hardly real stress that the rest of the workforce has to put up with: obnoxious bosses, deadlines, obnoxious clients, obnoxious co-workers, competition with co-workers, possible layoffs and firings, overtime, long hours, meager pay, etc. etc.

The stress of big-time musicians, even the ABB isn't real stress. I'd take their stress anyday compared to the stress I get at my 9 to 5!

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To Barrysmith and anyone else who thinks being a working musicain ( making a living just from music) is a cakewalk, frankly you have no clue.
All that stuff you mention in your "real" job, goes on with being a musicain. Which is a very real job.Showbuisiness is a very stressfull and hard job. Obnoxious Bosses= Band leaders, Club Owners, Booking Agents, and Venue Managers. Deadlines= I have to pay my bills, like rent, car payment( I have to haul my gear) and a slew of others. Obnoxious Clients= Drunk Patrons at the show, Club Owners who treat you like meat, and everybody else trying to screw you buy making a buck off your talent and not paying you anything. Obnoxiuos co-workers= Bandmates, Waitresses, Bartenders, Other Bands. Competition? Are you freaking kidding me? One of the most competitive fields in the world.....music world. Possable lay-offs and firings= Gig getting canceled, being fired from band. Overtime=Trying to get gigs( dozens of hours spent on phone and computer), Practice, Long Hours= A gig starting at aprox. 5 pm , when you have to load your gear into your vehicle . Then you load into the venue, set up and play for 4-5 hours, tear down and drive home ( which can be 2-3 hours or more). A shift( Gig) can be 10-12- hours. Meager pay= alot of times you make little to no money, especailly if you play in a big city like NYC or the type.

A big time musicain has been where a working musicain is before. Sometimes for several years. Being a big time musicain, alot of the above stuff gets amplified times 1000. The pressure has gotten so bad it has killed people. Drugs and alcohol being the occupational hazard.
Your 9-5 sounds pretty good to me. I have to laugh.
I could go on and on.

 

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  posted on 12/21/2008 at 07:18 AM
I have to go with Chowin on this one. Just the scrutiny alone, and the consequences of performing poorly, are far more stressful than what we go through. When I have a bad day at the office, it can usually be easily fixed and only a few learn of it. If I lost my job, I can get another. What would Gregg do if he could no longer perform at this level? Play small bars, get a job as a cook? Big time stress, indeed. I will sign on for being a fan any day. The interesting part of this comment for me is that his solo band, where he is front and center, is more stressful than the ABB, where he has the spotlight for a fraction of the time. If he chooses, he can bang out a Statesboro, Dreams and MR with the ABB and call it a night. GA and F requires much more attention and work, I would think. Also, this is the first I am hearing of a divorce, is this true. I understood Stacey to be a big part of his recovery.

 

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To Barrysmith and anyone else who thinks being a working musicain ( making a living just from music) is a cakewalk, frankly you have no clue.
All that stuff you mention in your "real" job, goes on with being a musicain. Which is a very real job.Showbuisiness is a very stressfull and hard job. Obnoxious Bosses= Band leaders, Club Owners, Booking Agents, and Venue Managers. Deadlines= I have to pay my bills, like rent, car payment( I have to haul my gear) and a slew of others. Obnoxious Clients= Drunk Patrons at the show, Club Owners who treat you like meat, and everybody else trying to screw you buy making a buck off your talent and not paying you anything. Obnoxiuos co-workers= Bandmates, Waitresses, Bartenders, Other Bands. Competition? Are you freaking kidding me? One of the most competitive fields in the world.....music world. Possable lay-offs and firings= Gig getting canceled, being fired from band. Overtime=Trying to get gigs( dozens of hours spent on phone and computer), Practice, Long Hours= A gig starting at aprox. 5 pm , when you have to load your gear into your vehicle . Then you load into the venue, set up and play for 4-5 hours, tear down and drive home ( which can be 2-3 hours or more). A shift( Gig) can be 10-12- hours. Meager pay= alot of times you make little to no money, especailly if you play in a big city like NYC or the type.

A big time musicain has been where a working musicain is before. Sometimes for several years. Being a big time musicain, alot of the above stuff gets amplified times 1000. The pressure has gotten so bad it has killed people. Drugs and alcohol being the occupational hazard.
Your 9-5 sounds pretty good to me. I have to laugh.
I could go on and on.




What is a "MUSICAIN" Never heard of the occupation.

Seriously folks, I have many friends who are professional musicians. They aren't wealthy, and doing their best to make a living. They are talented and great at what they do.
I feel for them because they struggle to make ends meet. For most musicians it's a hard job. They have their day jobs. Giving up their day jobs would be a huge risk.

However, those those that have made it, are wealthy, own big homes, sell out concerts all the time, and have given up their day jobs, they aren't in "DIRE STRAITS" like the rest of us. Even the Britney Spears and the Amy Winehouses who spend half the time in rehab. They are still have lots of money in their banks and their stresses in life are not all that bad compared to the rest of us


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  posted on 12/22/2008 at 12:55 PM
Nice article!

 

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I just gotta laugh when I hear a musician talking about the "stress" of his job. I"m sure there are disagreements with his bandmates, but it's hardly real stress that the rest of the workforce has to put up with: obnoxious bosses, deadlines, obnoxious clients, obnoxious co-workers, competition with co-workers, possible layoffs and firings, overtime, long hours, meager pay, etc. etc.

The stress of big-time musicians, even the ABB isn't real stress. I'd take their stress anyday compared to the stress I get at my 9 to 5!


lol...

 

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I tho't it was "CHICKS" for free!!!......Damn, I've been singin' this wrong for all these years!
Changes the whole concept!

 

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I will chime in that BS's post was sh!tty and ignorant. I'm sure Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks are doing pretty well financially. But to say they have low-stress jobs is just an f-ing stupid thing to say.
 

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To Barrysmith and anyone else who thinks being a working musicain ( making a living just from music) is a cakewalk, frankly you have no clue.
All that stuff you mention in your "real" job, goes on with being a musicain. Which is a very real job.Showbuisiness is a very stressfull and hard job. Obnoxious Bosses= Band leaders, Club Owners, Booking Agents, and Venue Managers. Deadlines= I have to pay my bills, like rent, car payment( I have to haul my gear) and a slew of others. Obnoxious Clients= Drunk Patrons at the show, Club Owners who treat you like meat, and everybody else trying to screw you buy making a buck off your talent and not paying you anything. Obnoxiuos co-workers= Bandmates, Waitresses, Bartenders, Other Bands. Competition? Are you freaking kidding me? One of the most competitive fields in the world.....music world. Possable lay-offs and firings= Gig getting canceled, being fired from band. Overtime=Trying to get gigs( dozens of hours spent on phone and computer), Practice, Long Hours= A gig starting at aprox. 5 pm , when you have to load your gear into your vehicle . Then you load into the venue, set up and play for 4-5 hours, tear down and drive home ( which can be 2-3 hours or more). A shift( Gig) can be 10-12- hours. Meager pay= alot of times you make little to no money, especailly if you play in a big city like NYC or the type.

A big time musicain has been where a working musicain is before. Sometimes for several years. Being a big time musicain, alot of the above stuff gets amplified times 1000. The pressure has gotten so bad it has killed people. Drugs and alcohol being the occupational hazard.
Your 9-5 sounds pretty good to me. I have to laugh.
I could go on and on.




What is a "MUSICAIN" Never heard of the occupation.

Seriously folks, I have many friends who are professional musicians. They aren't wealthy, and doing their best to make a living. They are talented and great at what they do.
I feel for them because they struggle to make ends meet. For most musicians it's a hard job. They have their day jobs. Giving up their day jobs would be a huge risk.

However, those those that have made it, are wealthy, own big homes, sell out concerts all the time, and have given up their day jobs, they aren't in "DIRE STRAITS" like the rest of us. Even the Britney Spears and the Amy Winehouses who spend half the time in rehab. They are still have lots of money in their banks and their stresses in life are not all that bad compared to the rest of us


[Edited on 12/21/2008 by BarrySmith]


But money doesn't buy happiness and it often causes other stressful problems that us non-wealthy people don't have to deal with.

It's all relative and it all evens out at some point.

I was a professional musician for many years. And looking back, I'd never go back to it on that level. I'm still a musician and I am now in an all original band, just wrote and recorded an album that will be out in 2 weeks. I did it because I had to get that music out of me. Plus I love doing that. - But I'm going to continue working for a living. And not trying to make my living as a musician. It's much easier to be in an office, or out on the road doing sales. - Yes, I have pain in the butt bosses, but you know what? When things go wrong, it's their problem, not mine and not my money at risk (unless of course I create the problem!)

I guess the thing is that we all have problems. And some things are easier for some people. I'm not sure anyone should be assuming that anyone else has it "so easy".

I also don't believe that being rich is going to solve everyone's problems.

 

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  posted on 12/23/2008 at 09:38 AM
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Tickets are $48 to $68 depending on seating preference. Tickets from previously postponed shows will be honored at this performance.



Not bitching here, just curious......Does anyone know how ticket prices are determined? I am going to see Gregg in Ridgefield, CT on 12/30 and I paid a little over $90 for the ticket, which is fine, I would have paid more for this kind of entertainment in a place like the Ridgefield Playhouse. I always thought bands had uniform ticket prices wherever they play though. Apparently not.

 

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  posted on 12/23/2008 at 09:44 AM
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I tho't it was "CHICKS" for free!!!......Damn, I've been singin' this wrong for all these years!
Changes the whole concept!


Nope, you are correct Dana...it is "chicks for free"

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  posted on 12/23/2008 at 10:32 AM
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Not bitching here, just curious......Does anyone know how ticket prices are determined? I am going to see Gregg in Ridgefield, CT on 12/30 and I paid a little over $90 for the ticket, which is fine, I would have paid more for this kind of entertainment in a place like the Ridgefield Playhouse. I always thought bands had uniform ticket prices wherever they play though. Apparently not.


Hey Jim,

Ticket prices are determined by the size of the venue, and what the artist wants has their "guarantee". From what I understand Gregg is "guaranteed" 25K a night plus a predetermined percentage (I'm guessing 90%) of all ticket sales. An example would be a venue holds 800 seats and tickets are $45 each wbich would equal 36K. Now if the show "sells out" then Gregg would be getting 32.4K for the evening with the club owner getting 3.6K. As you can see the club/theate owner doesn't make much on the ticket sales, where they make their money is on alcohol sales and most club/theater owners figure the average number of drinks per person will be three. Assuning the average price of drinks is $5 and 800 people are at the show, then the club/theater owner should make at least 12K on drink sales.


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  posted on 12/23/2008 at 11:05 AM
Thanks Fred, probably about right as Ridgefield is a small venue. Either way, looking forward to this show!
 

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  posted on 12/23/2008 at 11:34 AM
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Yeah, but has he had a pet sheep ?

 

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