It signals the end of an era.
Ever since the late Duane Allman essentially invented southern rock in the late 1960s by reinventing The Beatles’ “Hey Jude” with Wilson Pickett in a Muscle Shoals recording studio, the Allman Brothers Band have recorded dozens of records (including some of the best live shows you’ll ever hear), broke up and reunited several times, earned a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and performed for millions around the world along the way. This week, after conflicting reports over the past several months as to whether they were playing or folding, the band officially announced they will perform their final six live shows at the Beacon Theatre in New York City, on October 21, 22, 24, 25, 27 and 28.
The first four of these shows are make-up shows for a residency earlier this year that was cut short when Greg Allman took ill with bronchitis. Tickets from the postponed March shows will be honored at their corresponding make-up dates. Between now and then, ABB fans will have the chance to see them perform at a small handful of festivals over the summer, including the Mountain Jam in Hunter, NY on June 8, two shows at the band’s own Peach Festival from Aug. 14-17 in Scranton, PA, and at the Lockn’ Music Fest on September 7 in Arrington, VA.
It’s worth mentioning that ABB haven’t officially said they’re calling it quits—just that they are quitting touring. However, considering this is a band that has been defined by their live shows, to many of us, this news is tantamount to an announcement of retirement.
While the Allman Brothers Band is synonymous with southern rock in the minds of many, the band have long eschewed the term, considering it limiting. Whatever style you choose to call it, you only have a few more chances to hear it live.