Thread: Hi - Bloomberg piece on Allman Bros

markbeech - 3/19/2012 at 11:56 PM

Hi all. It's Mark Beech here from Bloomberg. I'm writing a positive piece on the band and its longterm fans focussing on last Wednesday show. Seeking any thoughts from fans out there who saw the show especially longterm followers who maybe have followed the Allmans for years. seen how many shows? how was it for you? any comments welcome here or to Will let you know when piece is done. thx much to all. Mark

Motown - 3/20/2012 at 03:59 AM

Hi Mark...I can't comment on Wednesday's show, but many of us travel annually to NY to attend one of the shows. Personally, I've made the trip from Detroit every year for the last 17 years. It's a rite of passage to Spring! And every year, The Brothers make the trip worth it. We see the Beacon shows as the band's commitment to their most devoted fans.....seeing them at a 20,000 seat outdoor theater in the Summer is something we do because we love The Brothers, but seeing them in the 2800 seat Beacon is very special. I was at the show on the 10th and as usual they delivered.

mustangbob - 3/20/2012 at 06:00 AM

Mark, Sorry to say that I attended the show on 3/17 but I wanted to just let you know that I started coming to the Beacon with my son and two of his friends in 2006 and this year was our fifth show. Our group has grown to 13 from around the country; five in their mid twenties and eight in their mid fifties. The group grows because the music is so powerful and hanging in NYC for the weekend is just too much fun. We will be coming for as long as the band continues with the Spring Run. The general consensus is that for the first time next year many of us will be doing more than one show - a Friday night and Saturday night show. In my opinion band success appears to be built on a lack of ego by all involved. Most ABB members have their own bands that they tour with during a good part of the year which is nice since you won't see any rusty playing at the Beacon. If you went to a show I don't need to talk quality. Anyway good luck with your story. I am a relative newbie to the Beacon but I have met many at the Amsterdam Ale House that attend many shows during each stand and have been doing so for many years. You should find some very nice folks that love this band.

rongabbard - 3/20/2012 at 08:37 PM

Hello Mark,seen the show on 3/17,have been enjoying the brothers since the late 80's,only going to the beacon from 09,thought the show was fantastic.Was alittle bummed at the amount of chatter during the acoustical set,but other than that was very happy to be there(understatement)The wife and i only catch 2 shows a yr.Being from upstate its not to bad of a trip to get there.In the past we caught 1-3 shows during summer tours,but since they scaled back this is where we have to go to enjoy the band.The whole NYC experience makes it that much more fun.Not much of a story but ,,,,thx rg

markbeech - 3/20/2012 at 08:48 PM

Hi - to these folks above and a few more on the net, thanks for these replies. Got the sorta thing I need but any more thought welcome -- to all, enjoy the shows: hope to do this report soon and then something on Gregg's book for May. Bests!

HowardH1 - 3/20/2012 at 10:17 PM

Say hello to Matt Winkler for me. I think he should go to a show with Tom Secunda and loosen up a bit. Then again, Tom is into good music, I once ran into him at a David Bromberg show. I'm not sure if Matt even knows who the Allman Brothers are. Remember the Bloomberg Way.

big-ed09 - 3/21/2012 at 05:34 AM

Hello Mark, was not at 03/14/12 but was at the03/13/12 show and ironically had written a review when I got home from the show because once again had been elevated to new heights as the ABB delivered yet another incredible performance, only problem was my computer did it's daily update as I was finishing my post at 3:15 a.m. and was too tired to rewrite it. That being said, as a longtime fan, I have now had the priviledge of seeing the band for 5 decades, my first show being
09/13/75, I was 15 years old and introduced to my first blues master as Muddy Waters opened the show before Charlie Daniels hit the stage and then the ABB. I must say it would wind up being the worst show out of nearly seeing the band 50 plus times. Gregg was with Cher who was at the show, and it was a cold damp night at legendary Roosevelt Stadium in Jersey City, N.J. the Brothers were just plan out of sync, a very rare occassion as I would come to realize, thank goodness I loved the band and from the second show forward the term "baddest band in the land" would hold true despite some personnel changes over the next four decades. Unfortunately, I missed the early years of the band and never got to see the late great Duane Allman and kickass bassist Berry Oakley, who both passed way before their time. After a break-up/layoff saw the formation of Dickey Betts and Great Southern, as well as The Gregg Allman Band,the Brothers reunited and released their comeback album Enlightened Rogues in 1979. I thought the album was really good and featured some solid guitar work from Dickey Betts and Dangerous Dan Toler , a member of Great Southern, and Gregg's vocals were great on it as well. Fast forward to current lineup, I didn't mean to get into a history of the band, just some insights of when I started following the ABB,anyone who has seen the band the last few years know that we are in the presence of greatness and it is indeed a special time to be a fan of these amazing musicians, every show will leave you wanting more, the guitar tandem of Derek and Warren is musical genius as I have never witnessed before because they are always working, when you think they have plateaued they all of a sudden make anything old, new and fresh and exciting to listen to again, it is simply amazing to see and hear,changing the setlists each night out, and as much as I could and would never mind any guests, I must say that usually having guests play along on ABB classics and covers is for the most part nice to hear as they have been doing this since the 70's. My latest show was incredible from the Bill Graham 06/27/71 intro to the last note of No one to run with encore this band is tighter then ever and the jukes were great on all songs involved. If you can get to a show DO IT! You will be blown away.

axeman - 3/21/2012 at 11:42 AM

The set list the band played Wednesday, which includes the names of the guests musicians and what songs they played on, can be found by clicking the "set lists" link in the Menu column to the left of this post.

Wednesday's guests the Juke Horns is a horn section that has been guesting with ABB at the Beacon every year for at least 10 years now. In my opinion, they are always a fantastic addition to any song. I am pretty sure they only play with the ABB at the Beacon. I am not familiar with the other guests.

The ABB is also opening the second set with an acoustic set during this Beacon run. This is the first time the ABB has played an acoustic set since 1998. Wednesday's set featured the instrumental 'Little Martha' which is very rarely played and is a fan favorite.

Historical background: The ABB has played a March, multi-night run at the Beacon (at least 9 shows) almost every year since 1992 (missing only 1993, 1995 when they did a multi-night run at Radio City, 2008 due to Gregg Alman's health and 2010 due to James Dolan's failed Cirque de Sole production).
Founding member and guitar player Dickey Betts left the ABB shortly after the 2000 Beacon run. This was a big deal (signature style/sound, founding member, loyal fans etc; that's a whole other story). Up until that point, the set lists were the same every night until 1998 when they had three different set lists they would rotate. Following Dickey's departure, guitar player Warren Haynes returned to the band for the first time in 4 years. This saved the band from commercial collapse and they began creating a unique set list every night and expanding their song catalog considerably (mostly with covers). Guest artists began joining the band much, much more frequently at the Beacon since Dickey Betts left as well.
Another historical item you may need is that in 2009 the ABB celebrating their 40 year anniversary at the Beacon by invited a large number of very high profile guests to play with them the most notable of which was Eric Clapton. The Clapton performances are among the most talked about and treasured of the band's entire career.
Gregg Allman's health has been shaky the last few years (sober for 15 years but Hep C and treatments since 2008) and this, with the drummers' advancing age, have put more emphasis on the younger second generation players.

I didn't see Wednesday's show but hope this helps for some background.

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dougrhon - 3/21/2012 at 04:38 PM

I was at the 3/14 show and thought it was fantastic. I go to multiple shows every year. I am going again tonight. One year I actually went to 6 but the tickets have gotten way too expensive. So you know my perspective, while I am a huge ABB fan, I am even more a fan of Warren Haynes so I love everything he does most of all. If you have more specific questions feel free to PM me.


markbeech - 3/22/2012 at 12:46 AM

Thanks again to all. My piece so far can be seen at dwagon-keeps-rolling-review.html

I really liked the show and only had space for a few comments and, yes, I confess I went for some of the more colorful ones. I'll try to add a few more because there are some great points in the above and also in the direct messages I got.

You guys ROCK! Best. Mark

HowardH1 - 3/22/2012 at 01:09 AM

Good article. You should have BN approve a research trip to write about Mountain Jam at Hunter in June. You won't be the first, Mark Pittman set the precedent. He and another Reporter went upstate to cover the concert scene for BN. He sued the Fed and won a landmark FOIA case and he also wrote about the Upstate music scene Could it get any better than that?

Go to the Beacon for Furthur next month and you'll really have something to write about. Avoid the rock & roll journalism cliches and write something about the net gross of a band that started touring in 1965 as the Grateful Dead. You can try to give new meaning to the oft quoted Frank Zappa "Rock journalism is people who can't write interviewing people who can't talk for people who can't read."

OriginalGoober - 3/23/2012 at 06:12 PM

Nice piece, I smiled at some of the fanbase descriptions, swiigging beer and sitting happily spaced-out.

Minor note- if a writer is gonna menton Cher than couldnt hurt to add a line about the Dickey Betts situation.

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