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  posted on 3/24/2009 at 03:46 PM
It's a shame that things between brothers are the way they are, but as it stands, showing up at the Beacon is a no win situation for Dickey; knowing that, he will keep his distance. If he shows up and has a spectacular night, it's like going to your daughters wedding with your ex wife. Bittersweet. If he has an off night, you could almost hear the I told you so's coming from behind that tympani. A shame that some cant let bygones be bygones. The real loser here is... you and I.
 
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  posted on 3/24/2009 at 03:51 PM
Maybe you consider yourself a loser, I like to think I'm success challenged in this situation.
 

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  posted on 3/24/2009 at 03:52 PM
I still hope he shows up, even if it's just for a song or two.
 

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  posted on 3/24/2009 at 03:53 PM
if the brothers can tput aside their differences, no matter how deep, for one night, to honor duane with a founding brother, we havent been challenged my friend...we've lost.
 

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  posted on 3/24/2009 at 04:12 PM
"if the brothers can tput aside their differences, no matter how deep, for one night, to honor duane with a founding brother, we havent been challenged my friend...we've lost"

Truer words were never spoken, right on brother!!!!!

 

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  posted on 3/24/2009 at 05:13 PM
I agree very much. It is a no win.

Option A: Dickey has an off the charts appearance, awesome beyond belief. The old rift opens wide among fans and the old hash / rehash arguments ensue. So what now, ABB?

Option B: Dickey appears and it is just "alright" for whatever reason. That may actually be the best result for least controversy afterward, in an odd way.

Option C: Dickey appears and it is bad, again for whatever reason. Then it just is a bad, sad, weird thing that will be mocked forever.

I suppose Option D exists, where drum sets are smashed, Leslie speakers are kicked apart, and Beacon Security gets the most challenging situation to date to deal with

 

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  posted on 3/24/2009 at 05:37 PM
The best damn band in the land is tearing the roof off the Beacon and I feel so fortunate to be able to witness it, even if only via moogis. I don't care who shows up (or doesn't), I certainly won't feel like I've lost anything but rather will only feel like I've gained some more great musical memories.

 

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  posted on 3/24/2009 at 05:50 PM
LOVE HOW SOMEBODY POSTED THAT HE WAS SUPPOSED TO BE THERE YESTERDAY MAYBE THESE SCALPING AGENCIES PUT THE SPIN ON TO SELL TICKETS

[Edited on 3/24/2009 by snake12]

 

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  posted on 3/24/2009 at 06:29 PM
Maybe I didn't see Dickey on 19th & 20th in NYC while I was there, but back here in FLA, I will welcome him home here on April 10th. No sides here, just good music being played...that's it, plain and simple.

 

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  posted on 3/24/2009 at 06:41 PM
From 3/13 show.

Like watching Michelangelo strap on a guitar By John Petric

Published: Wednesday, March 18, 2009 3:46 PM EDT

He looks like a Confederate soldier, rawboned and hawk-eyed, yet with a slight touch of Charles Manson in him. One tough-looking hombre, in other words.

But ex-Allman Brothers guitarist Dickey Betts embraces the rainbow of American roots music with his Les Paul, pouring out electric truth and beauty with solos oozing laconic grace and emotional intensity. Dickey is a six-string Zen master. He means every jazzy, bluesy, country-tinged note.

The amateurishly pointless jams of Allmans-idolizing jam bands can only approximate those that inspire them. Dickey’s musical posture, on the other hand, was pitch perfect Friday night at the LC Pavilion.

Ah, but why get negative on music that is so positive?

Believe you me, brothers and sisters, there is nothing quite like the full flight of three Southern guitars led by the 65-year-old Betts, who co-founded the Allman Brothers with the late Duane and still-living Gregg in Jacksonville, Fla., in 1969.

Watching the long-haired, bandana-wearing Betts in action is to see workmanlike craftsmanship combined with Michelangelo’s passionate visions. He puts his whole physical and spiritual being into his music, and you’re lifted right along with his climbing, floating, free-falling solos. His body dips and ducks, his eyes sometimes watching his fret board, other times closed as he concentrates on his breezy vibrato.

Lots of guitar players want to appear heavy, as if they’re orbiting around the sun. With Dickey, it’s obvious he’s the real thing, irrevocably connected to a core with a seething surface and calm depths—or vice versa, depending on the song.

“Blue Sky,” that lazy-day-in-the-country song, had Dickey soloing a honeyed lyricism up and down the neck of his guitar. His low notes rippled a thick wake, like a gator cruising the swamp for a midnight snack. Working his way up the frets, Dickey would work a tender phrase at the fifth, rework its mellowosity at the eighth and then pour a stinging sweetness with high arcing notes on the 12th fret. Goddam glorious, it was, fit for painting frescoes on the walls of Jericho.

When he got past the 12th fret, his solos became angelic. Not even Carlos Santana or Jeff Beck can bring out the lyrical halo of the guitar’s upper reaches the way Dickey can.

With an excellent slide guitarist playing counterpoint next to him, and his son Duane on his other side on third guitar (and two set-kit drummers just like the ABB), Dickey resurrected the double and triple leads and guitar harmonies he and Duane pioneered so many years ago. Sounded bloody marvelous, particularly the slide dude, who framed a lot of Dickey’s magnificent solos with his continuously moving sheets of chords.

“Ramblin’ Man,” “Hoochie Coochie Man” and, of course, the triumphal masterpiece, “Jessica” were but a few pages taken from the Allmans’ halcyon days. When Dickey hits the middle passage of a long and beautifully composed solo, after the descending cascade of lead guitars finally fall to earth and the rhythm section kicks back in, I get so emotional I can’t believe it.

Dickey Betts on the frets—a true star. When he connects—and he always has with me, even though I’ve been seeing him play since I was 16—his music takes you to a place you can’t get to any other way. Long may you fly, tough guy.


[Edited on 3/24/2009 by les_paul_sunburst]


 

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  posted on 3/24/2009 at 06:47 PM
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From 3/13 show.

Like watching Michelangelo strap on a guitar By John Petric

Published: Wednesday, March 18, 2009 3:46 PM EDT

He looks like a Confederate soldier, rawboned and hawk-eyed, yet with a slight touch of Charles Manson in him. One tough-looking hombre, in other words.

But ex-Allman Brothers guitarist Dickey Betts embraces the rainbow of American roots music with his Les Paul, pouring out electric truth and beauty with solos oozing laconic grace and emotional intensity. Dickey is a six-string Zen master. He means every jazzy, bluesy, country-tinged note.

The amateurishly pointless jams of Allmans-idolizing jam bands can only approximate those that inspire them. Dickey’s musical posture, on the other hand, was pitch perfect Friday night at the LC Pavilion.

Ah, but why get negative on music that is so positive?

Believe you me, brothers and sisters, there is nothing quite like the full flight of three Southern guitars led by the 65-year-old Betts, who co-founded the Allman Brothers with the late Duane and still-living Gregg in Jacksonville, Fla., in 1969.

Watching the long-haired, bandana-wearing Betts in action is to see workmanlike craftsmanship combined with Michelangelo’s passionate visions. He puts his whole physical and spiritual being into his music, and you’re lifted right along with his climbing, floating, free-falling solos. His body dips and ducks, his eyes sometimes watching his fret board, other times closed as he concentrates on his breezy vibrato.

Lots of guitar players want to appear heavy, as if they’re orbiting around the sun. With Dickey, it’s obvious he’s the real thing, irrevocably connected to a core with a seething surface and calm depths—or vice versa, depending on the song.

“Blue Sky,” that lazy-day-in-the-country song, had Dickey soloing a honeyed lyricism up and down the neck of his guitar. His low notes rippled a thick wake, like a gator cruising the swamp for a midnight snack. Working his way up the frets, Dickey would work a tender phrase at the fifth, rework its mellowosity at the eighth and then pour a stinging sweetness with high arcing notes on the 12th fret. Goddam glorious, it was, fit for painting frescoes on the walls of Jericho.

When he got past the 12th fret, his solos became angelic. Not even Carlos Santana or Jeff Beck can bring out the lyrical halo of the guitar’s upper reaches the way Dickey can.

With an excellent slide guitarist playing counterpoint next to him, and his son Duane on his other side on third guitar (and two set-kit drummers just like the ABB), Dickey resurrected the double and triple leads and guitar harmonies he and Duane pioneered so many years ago. Sounded bloody marvelous, particularly the slide dude, who framed a lot of Dickey’s magnificent solos with his continuously moving sheets of chords.

“Ramblin’ Man,” “Hoochie Coochie Man” and, of course, the triumphal masterpiece, “Jessica” were but a few pages taken from the Allmans’ halcyon days. When Dickey hits the middle passage of a long and beautifully composed solo, after the descending cascade of lead guitars finally fall to earth and the rhythm section kicks back in, I get so emotional I can’t believe it.

Dickey Betts on the frets—a true star. When he connects—and he always has with me, even though I’ve been seeing him play since I was 16—his music takes you to a place you can’t get to any other way. Long may you fly, tough guy.


[Edited on 3/24/2009 by les_paul_sunburst]






Amen.

Thank you, Gina.

 

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  posted on 3/24/2009 at 06:54 PM
Not having been in the ABB, not knowing any of these guys personally, I try to avoid any finger-pointing or side-taking. Knowing that my days on this planet are numbered, 'specially the way I eat, I also try to avoid bumming myself out with what could have been. Instead, I caught a great Beacon show and am looking forward to seeing DB & GS in 2 months. It sounds like this has been a great run overall, and I will be scouring YouTube for more!
 

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  posted on 3/24/2009 at 07:10 PM
Would love to see him there. SERIOUSLY Doubt it was ever really an option. Agree that it's a no-win. I guess the 'debate' will never, ever go away.
 

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  posted on 3/24/2009 at 10:00 PM
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It's a shame that things between brothers are the way they are, but as it stands, showing up at the Beacon is a no win situation for Dickey; knowing that, he will keep his distance. If he shows up and has a spectacular night, it's like going to your daughters wedding with your ex wife. Bittersweet. If he has an off night, you could almost hear the I told you so's coming from behind that tympani. A shame that some cant let bygones be bygones. The real loser here is... you and I.


I actually think it's a win-win for DB; if it sucks it's because no rehearsal/chemistry, if it blows the roof off - it's a big i told you so for him.

It would be nice, but so would a perfect world.

 

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  posted on 3/24/2009 at 10:40 PM
From 3/13 show.

Like watching Michelangelo strap on a guitar By John Petric

Published: Wednesday, March 18, 2009 3:46 PM EDT

He looks like a Confederate soldier, rawboned and hawk-eyed, yet with a slight touch of Charles Manson in him. One tough-looking hombre, in other words


Staying out of all of the other arguments,WhyTF would somebody writing a "positive" review/article about anybody say they have a slight touch of Manson in them

 

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  posted on 3/24/2009 at 10:54 PM
The high cost of low living doomed this opportunity! Good call Dickey on staying away. There is no need to fuel the fire with a subpar performance

 

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  posted on 3/24/2009 at 10:59 PM
Maybe Dickey could do a remote jam using GoToMeeting?

Just put him on the big screen behind the band and conference him in.

 

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  posted on 3/24/2009 at 11:30 PM
Have seen DB & GS recently and loved every minute of it. What is meant to be will be....

 

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Staying out of all of the other arguments,WhyTF would somebody writing a "positive" review/article about anybody say they have a slight touch of Manson in them


Yeah, no sh*t. You can't make that a compliment no matter how you spin it.

 

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  posted on 3/24/2009 at 11:48 PM
I caught Dickey and the boys at my local (as in, walk to it) theater last May, and the entire band completely nailed it that night. I was so glad to catch DB in such fine shape that evening.

Evidence:

Blue Sky http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x49uNVuy_vw

No One To Run With http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1iInUwOSMc

Ramblin' Man http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8f1qkFuKYQM

I'm so glad he still plays.

 

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  posted on 3/25/2009 at 07:34 AM
I am on the ABB listserv and an email was posted yesterday by someone from MN. He was at the airport waiting for his flight to NYC to go to the Beacon and who does he see there, Dickey and Donna Betts. He asked if Dickey was going to NYC and he said no, he the wife and dog were headed back to Sarasota for a few days of R&R. So, I guess this means we can stop wondering now.
 

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  posted on 3/25/2009 at 07:38 AM
Someone please pass the popcorn. It's over there in the "I could care less" bin.

 

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  posted on 3/25/2009 at 07:53 AM
I don't see him showing up...and I think its better that he didn't

 

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  posted on 3/25/2009 at 08:06 AM
Wait , wait... I thought all this hoopla was about The celebration of their 40th anniversary.... Wait , Wait .... then it was about paying tribute to ALL who played with Duane.... and then wait again... they then added ALL who were influenced by Duane... whew.. glad we got all bases covered there.... Lets see Bruce Willis... and all the other guest were the same for years with the exception of Clapton.... I wonder what kinda of begging went on to get him there $$$$.. and I am sure it was only because of Derek... I think Eric is in ligation with the Layla rights with Duane's daughter ... or I think I read that ...

Has Duane's daughter be seen around all this celebration and asked to give a little speech about her Dad's contributions to the most Famous ALLMAN BROTHER BAND .. maybe Butch is handling the pay outs on that and decided that wasn't a good prospect for him.... hmmm

Dickey Betts should be there.... whether you all think so or not.... He is the ABB as much or more than the others even the one with the name, he made up the sound with Duane and Berry....
The ones who constantly say Dickey is drunk or can't play are jealous and closed off fans and believe all the hype that was put out there by the ABB themselves mostly by Butch nice guy that Butch...they should be embarrassed not only by there said actions... but how about last ight with those stupid fake beards.... O M G....

I have seen Dickey countless times as well as the ABB band ... all different ways.... I will take DB & GS any day... for the sound of the ABB...

When I want Jazz infusion and a style of slide that is dirty ( I think that is what it is called ) I will see the new ABB... but that won't happen , because I don't dig that sound.
I don't like Warrens singing UGH and he is tiring to a copy of Dickey ...but not really..... so why bother.

Just my opinion .. flame away.... ouch.. ouch... ouch....

 

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  posted on 3/25/2009 at 08:16 AM
Dickey decided not to come.

The man in the hat decided not to come.

So, rainy, are you saying that the people Duane played with shouldn't
be there?

Like Billy Gibbons, the Muscle Shoals people, John Hammond, Bonnie Brammlet,
etc.


Dickey decided not to come.

Sucks I know, but come on now ...

 

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