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  posted on 10/3/2003 at 03:34 PM
Just curious to how crazy of fans you all are. I know you can't judge the depth of your passion for the band by how many shows you have been to, but I would like to hear some stories.

How many Shows have you been to?
Your Favorite?
Best Memory?

I hit my 19th and 20th shows this year at the Chicago Theatre. My favorite ABB show I have been to was at Red Rocks in 1997. This also ties in with my favorite memory of an ABB show. I took a motorcycle trip from Mpls to Sturgis and then to Red Rocks. We Drove 12 hours one day in a downpour of rain. I mean it was raining!!! Semi's were pulling over because the rain was so hard and consistant. It was so rewarding to travel that far on bike just to see the greatest band ever.

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  posted on 10/3/2003 at 03:38 PM
I bet I've seen more Allman Bros shows in the pouring rain than not. lol

 

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  posted on 10/3/2003 at 03:41 PM
Isn't rain part of the ticket price.
 

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  posted on 10/3/2003 at 03:42 PM
I believe it is in Atlanta!

 

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  posted on 10/3/2003 at 03:42 PM
Hey I didn't get any rain I want a refund!

 

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  posted on 10/3/2003 at 03:43 PM
You know, I'd like to say 25, but I'd actually have to count...

I don't know what my favourite was because there were so many great ones. And one's that I didn't think were that good, sound great on tape. I guess your mood has a lot to do with it. There was a show in 95, I think 9/8/95 (New World Music Theatre, Tinley Park, IL) that just left me stunned for weeks. But I wouldn't neccessarily say it was my favourite...

 

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  posted on 10/3/2003 at 03:45 PM
I couldn't agree more PauliG. I mean how could you have a bad time at an Allman Brothers Concert?
 

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  posted on 10/3/2003 at 03:49 PM
Funniest moment at an ABB concert a saw was at the Northrop Auditorium in Mpls. It was one of those shows that the crowd sat more than they stood. You know the play Whipping Post crowd.
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My friend is 6'7" and during the drum solo everyone sat down except for him. The guys behind him asked him to sit down. He just shook his head no and kept on dancing

 

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I love the name Rocktopus! That's great...
 

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  posted on 10/3/2003 at 04:09 PM
I have seen about 50. First one in 72.
All have been fun. 2 in 2000 were not the best. Dickey was a little off. Saw them 3 days in a row. 2 nite was damn good.
Hard to say the best.
2003 Atlanta
2001 Atlanta
2002 Nashville
1990 B-ham
1995 B-ham
1973 Tuscaloosa
1976 New Orleans
02 B-ham
Fox shows were good.
Hard to say.

 

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  posted on 10/3/2003 at 04:25 PM
First show 7-96. The tally goes about like this: ABB - 9, Mule - 13, Dickey - 6, DTB - 4(includes them opening once for ABB and Phil, once for the Mule). This total is about 1/2 of what I'd like it to be. Favorite show - tie: Detroit '99 and Pittsburgh '02. Best time -too numerous to mention.

 

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  posted on 10/3/2003 at 04:36 PM
I have also seen 3 Dickey Betts Band and about 12 Mule shows. Plus 2 Phil Lesh and Friends shows
 

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  posted on 10/3/2003 at 04:41 PM
I've seen Dickey twice. Gregg about 4 or 5 times. Gov't Mule, countless times, almost as much as the ABB. I've seen DTB once.
 

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  posted on 10/3/2003 at 04:48 PM

I'm pretty sure I've seen more than 100, but have no idea the actual number. I saw Duane and Berry 12 times -- since then I've lost count ...

Best show was 7/17/71. I've written about that show elsewhere on this site (check the calendar).

Too many best memories to pick one out, but when Warren took JNB and me into his dressing room for a chat during the drum solo in Daytona last year was pretty cool. So was riding on the tour bus between Memphis and Birmingham with Warren and Woody. The Peaches & Dreams tour in 1996, where 12 fans rented our own tour bus and saw six shows in eight days was a dream come true. Meeting Berry Oakley backstage at his last show in Atlanta was a highlight, but I was too young and tongue-tied to do much more than stammer in his presence -- that was the show with the grocery sack full of goodies, for anyone keeping track. Being in the front row at Atlanta Pop, watching the Brothers play as the sun came up still gives me chills thinking about it. Actually, I could go on and on -- let's just say that Duane Alllman changed my life in ways that are still affecting me deeply all these years later ...

 

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  posted on 10/3/2003 at 04:53 PM
All I can say to that, Hophead is WOW!!!! Such history
I met Allen and Warren one time only.

 

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  posted on 10/3/2003 at 05:38 PM
Iv'e seen probably 20 first one was in Austin Texas Manor Downs Race track in 1979. I was 19 stationed at Fort Hood, TX as a private some friends down the hall in the barracks asked if I wanted to go and I borrowed there first albumn from him on tape and I was hooked. Best Show Iv'e seen given everything was the Beacon 3/21/03 my first Beacon Experience man that theatre, sound, smell and the vibe is just too much if your on the fence jump off and hit the Beacon in march there is nothing like it. My more fanactical problem is collecting shows on the Allman Brothers and side shoots. As far as the Allman's I have an entire 10 by 10 foot wall full of their shows on CD.
 
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  posted on 10/3/2003 at 06:06 PM
WOW!! is right there, Hophead. I don't know what you can do for an encore. By the way, I forgot the one GA show I saw, 12 -99.

 

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  posted on 10/3/2003 at 07:10 PM
Memories.....It seems every show has a story. Here's a couple. 1st show June 21, 1980. We were 17yrs old and had our older brothers rent us a bus and get us some beer. It was a 2hr ride from Chicago to Alpine Valley that took 5 hrs. The bus driver got lost and we didn't care. The Allman Bros opened w/Don't want you no more and we haven't been the same since. We left one friend behind and had to drive up the next day to get him. Aug 18, 1990, again Alpine Valley, brutal rain storm and the power went out on stage for 5 seconds. The Bros did not miss a beat. Sep 8, 1995 sat 1st row left of stage in front of 12 marshall amps. Lost my hearing for 2 days. June 18, 1999 wife pregnant with third child, this kid now, loves to air jam. July 29, 2003, Chicago Theatre, perfect seats, met a super cool taper and met Warren and Butch after the show. Can't wait for the next show.
 

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  posted on 10/3/2003 at 09:49 PM
Been to about 20 or so shows but for sure the Beacon shows are the best. A great venue with the best fans and city. Bring on the next run.
 
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  posted on 10/3/2003 at 10:09 PM
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I couldn't agree more PauliG. I mean how could you have a bad time at an Allman Brothers Concert?


Got that right. I've never been rained on at an ABB show, though. Weedsport 92 was one of my favorites. Great show, and the Spin Doctors opened. They had played a club that I managed in Houston two years before.

August 99 was also a favorite. First show for Susan & Ken. She was 13, he was 9. They both enjoyed it, big time.

Darien 2002 was the first show for the whole family(minus Amy, who was on her own.). What an experience. Derek's first ABB show. He was 10.

I've seen over 20 shows, in various incarnations. The most fun by far, are with my kids. Just being able to introduce them to this music, and see them enjoy it as much as I do, is worth the price of admission!

 

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  posted on 10/3/2003 at 10:51 PM
I've seen 30 shows now. The first one was March 18, 1997. It's pretty hard to pick the best time. Sitting way up front for the double-Liz Reed show was great. So was seeing the 30th anniversary show. Sat in the front row for a show and a half at the Beacon in 2002. Seeing two shows with my girlfriend this past March was great.

The best time overall was probably the B2P shows - 4 straight nights of Phil and Friends/ABB shows down South, followed by a day in Macon. The fun there wasn't limited to the concerts, though.

 

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I'm pretty sure I've seen more than 100, but have no idea the actual number. I saw Duane and Berry 12 times -- since then I've lost count ...

Best show was 7/17/71. I've written about that show elsewhere on this site (check the calendar).

Too many best memories to pick one out, but when Warren took JNB and me into his dressing room for a chat during the drum solo in Daytona last year was pretty cool. So was riding on the tour bus between Memphis and Birmingham with Warren and Woody. The Peaches & Dreams tour in 1996, where 12 fans rented our own tour bus and saw six shows in eight days was a dream come true. Meeting Berry Oakley backstage at his last show in Atlanta was a highlight, but I was too young and tongue-tied to do much more than stammer in his presence -- that was the show with the grocery sack full of goodies, for anyone keeping track. Being in the front row at Atlanta Pop, watching the Brothers play as the sun came up still gives me chills thinking about it. Actually, I could go on and on -- let's just say that Duane Alllman changed my life in ways that are still affecting me deeply all these years later ...


Your signature should be "Don't hate me cause you ain't me." Damn!

I've seen 27 starting in 95, which means I've been averaging 3 per year.
Best Show - Red Rocks this year.
Favorite Memory - March 4, 1999, Opening night at the Beacon and my birthday. Not the best show I've seen, but cool going to a show on my birthday.

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  posted on 10/4/2003 at 08:27 AM
I have seen them about 10 times. 5 times at the Beacon, 5 at PNC in Holmdel. Prefer NYC much more..

Is it March yet??

 

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  posted on 10/4/2003 at 08:38 AM
I've only been to 4 shows, but they were all this year. The Beacon, Jones Beach, Montage and PNC. I don't know why it took me so long to go, but I'm glad I did.

The Beacon is the best place to see any show.

 

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  posted on 10/4/2003 at 09:46 AM
You should have the memory of experiencing the ABB during a tropical storm....that was Sept 1999 at Walnut Creek in Raleigh.....Oak Mtn, Atlanta, Raleigh weekend....we didnt know if the flights going to Raleigh would be cancelled or not...that's where I met first met Skybyrd...she had been to all the shows and was my seat mate on the plane.....we had a great pilot and a smooth ride considering the conditions of flying in the middle of the storm.....but nothing could keep us from the making it to the show....one of the best shows I 've ever seen...the rain blowing sideways and Dickey playing the heck out of Blue Sky......one of the best performances I ever saw of Dickey.....Rain???? Yes...the boys played their hearts out for us rain drenched fans....

The number of shows that I have seen???.....I have no idea.....many...many.....many....

My most memorable?? The one above, the Fox run, my first Beacon shows this year, my first Red Rocks show this year, Charlotte and Raleigh this year.....all shows are memorable for one or more reasons....you usually always have that "one moment" that you dont forget from a show...

 

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