The Allman Brothers Band will retire from the road at the end of 2014, which in effect will put the largely non-recording band to rest after 45 years. Bandleader and co-founder Gregg Allman spoke candidly about the band's end during an interview with Relix, revealing, "This is it -- this is the end of it. 45 years is enough and I want to do something else, anyway. Everyone has their own real good perspective (sic) bands." Allman was pressed about a possible Allman Brothers Band reunion in the future: "Who's to say? We may get together every five years and just do one play at a time."
Earlier this month, Allman Brothers Band guitarists Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks announced their departure from the legendary group after this year. Haynes joined the band via co-founding member Dickey Betts in 1999, with Derek Trucks -- the nephew of drummer Butch Trucks -- joining in 1999. Trucks will focus his efforts on his Tedeschi-Trucks Band with his wife, Susan Tedeschi. Haynes will carry on his work with his primary band Gov't Mule and possible future gigs with the Dead.
Fans will no doubt be clamoring to catch one of the band's upcoming annual "March Madness" shows at New York City's Beacon Theatre -- marking the final run of one of rock's most beloved traditions.
The Allman Brothers Band's 2014 "March Madness" run at New York City's Beacon Theater will play on March 7th, 8th, 11th, 12th, 14th, 15th, 18th, 19th, 21st, 22nd, 25th, 26th, 28th, and 29th.
On April 11th and 12th, the Allmans will perform in Live Oak, Florida at the Wanee Festival at the Spirit Of Suwannee Park.
The Allmans' third annual Peach Music Festival is set for August 14th through the 17th. The event, which will take place at Scranton, Pennsylvania's Pavilion At Montage Mountain, will feature two headlining sets from the band -- including a set to close out the weekend.
The Allmans' final date on the books for the year is set for September 7th at Arrington, Virginia's Lockn' - Interlocking Music Festival at Oak Ridge Farm.
CHECK IT OUT: The Allman Brothers Band in 1996 performing "Blue Sky" live on Austin City Limits:
It was 37 years ago today (January 15th, 1977), that the Eagles' album Hotel California hit Number One. The album, which was released on December 8th, 1976, was the group's third chart-topper in a row, following 1975's One Of These Nights and 1976's compilation Eagles/Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975.
Hotel California included two Number One hits featuring the group's main songwriters and distinctive lead vocalists, with guitarist Glenn Frey taking the lead on "New Kid In Town," and drummer Don Henley singing the album's famous title track. The album's third single, "Life In The Fast Lane," just missed the Top Ten, peaking at Number 11 in the spring of 1977.
Hotel California featured the addition of former James Gang guitarist Joe Walsh, who joined shortly after co-founder Bernie Leadon's departure. It turned out to be the only Eagles album featuring the lineup of Henley, Frey, Walsh, guitarist Don Felder, and co-founder and bassist Randy Meisner.
The album's themes reflected the state of America through the decaying Los Angeles rock scene, which by the mid-'70s had changed from an earnest singer-songwriter community into a far more decadent lifestyle fueled by celebrity, money, and drugs.
In their original review of the album, Rolling Stone commented on Hotel California's music and its reflection of its creators by saying, "Hotel California showcases both the best and worst tendencies of Los Angeles-situation rock. . Its lyrics present a convincing and unflattering portrait of the milieu itself."
Hotel California went on to top the charts for eight nonconsecutive weeks, and to date has sold over 16 million copies. Over the years, the Eagles have included most of the Hotel California album in their concert setlists, including such classic album tracks as "Wasted Time," "Victim Of Love," "and "Pretty Maids All In A Row."
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The Eagles' Hotel California LP has been replicated into the "world's largest record" to sit on top of the L.A. Forum in commemoration of the band's six-night residency at the newly revamped venue. The Eagles kick off their 2014 dates at the Forum on January 15th, 17th, 18th, 22nd, 24th and 25th.
Rolling Stone reported, "The record, which is indeed made of vinyl, covers a staggering 5.7 acres. The record is 407 feet in diameter and spins at 17 miles per hour or roughly 70 r.p.m — but sadly, will not play any music. It is held up by what (the company designing the structure) Pop2Life claims is the only 120-foot truss circle in the U.S and is visible from over a mile high, with planes flying into LAX able to spot the classic album from above. The Forum hired 75 people to construct the album over Christmas time."
On Friday night (January 10th) Gregg Allman and the Allman Brothers Band were among the many performers who took the stage at Atlanta's Fox Theatre at the All My Friends: Celebrating The Songs & Voice Of Gregg Allman tribute concert.
Highlights included performances by Jackson Browne, Sam Moore, Dr. John, Taj Mahal, Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks, John Hiatt, Zac Brown, Keb’ Mo’, Train's Pat Monahan, Martina McBride, and Widespread Panic, among others.
"Come & Go Blues" - Warren Haynes
"End Of The Line" - Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks
"Stand Back" - Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks
"Can’t Lose What You Never Had" - Devon Allman, Jimmy Hall and Robert Randolph
"Please Call Home" - Sam Moore
"Just Another Rider" - Keb’ Mo’
"Just Before The Bullets Fly" - Brantley Gilbert
"Let This Be A Lesson To Ya" - Dr. John
"Queen Of Hearts" - Pat Monahan
"One Way Out" - John Hiatt
"Statesboro Blues" - Taj Mahal and Gregg Allman
"Just Ain’t Easy" - Widespread Panic
"Wasted Words" - Widespread Panic and Derek Trucks
"I’m No Angel" - Trace Adkins
"Trouble No More" - Trace Adkins
"Multi-Colored Lady" - Vince Gill
"All My Friends" - Martina McBride
"Can You Fool" - Pat Monahan and Martina McBride
"Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More" - Eric Church
"Win, Lose Or Draw" - Eric Church
"These Days" - Jackson Browne and Gregg Allman
"Melissa" - Jackson Browne and Gregg Allman
"Midnight Rider" - Vince Gill, Zac Brown and Gregg Allman
"Dreams" - The Allman Brothers Band
"Whipping Post" - The Allman Brothers Band
"Will the Circle Be Unbroken" – Full cast
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Actor William Hurt has been cast as the present-day version of Gregg Allman in the upcoming Allman biopic, Midnight Rider. Hurt is best known for his work in such films as The Big Chill, Broadcast News, along with his Oscar-winning role in 1985's Kiss Of The Spider Woman.
Hurt joins the cast, which features All American Rejects lead singer Tyson Ritter, who plays the younger Allman in the film, along with Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn's son Wyatt Russell, who'll portray the late Duane Allman.
Tickets are now on sale for the Allman Brothers Band's 2014 "March Madness" run at New York City's Beacon Theater. As it stands now, the band will play 10 nights between March 7th and 22nd -- with more shows expected to be added should the initial dates sell out.
The Allmans' Beacon dates are: March 7th, 8th, 11th, 12th, 14th, 15th, 18th, 19th, 21st, and 22nd.
The Allman's third annual Peach Music Festival is set for August 14th through the 17th. The event, which will take place at Scranton, Pennsylvania's Pavilion At Montage Mountain, will feature two headlining sets from the band -- including a set to close out the weekend."
The Allman Brothers Band guitarists Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks have announced their departure from the legendary group after this yea. Haynes joined the band via co-founding member Dickey Betts in 1999, with Derek Trucks -- the nephew of drummer Butch Trucks joining in 1999. Speculation is divided between who will replace the two iconic guitarists and whether the Allman's should simply pack it in while on top.
CHECK IT OUT: From Friday's tribute -- Gregg Allman, Zak Brown and Vince Gill performing "Midnight Rider":
The first performers have been announced for CBS' upcoming Beatles tribute, The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute To The Beatles. The Eurythmics -- Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart -- will reunite for one night only, with the show also featuring appearances by Alicia Keys with John Legend, Maroon 5, and a special team-up of John Mayer and Keith Urban. Other performers are expected to be announced soon.
The Night That Changed America, celebrates the Beatles' career and the 50th anniversary of landing in America and first appearing on The Ed Sullivan Show. The show will tape on Monday, January 27th, the day after The 56th Annual Grammy Awards, and will be broadcast on CBS on Sunday, February 9th at 8 p.m. ET/PT -- exactly 50 years to the day, date, and time of the "Fab Four's" original Sullivan Show appearance.
The Beatles’ first Capitol album, Meet The Beatles!, was released on January 20th, 1964.
After holding down the British Number One spot chart position for five consecutive weeks in the England, “I Want To Hold Your Hand” reached the top of the U.S. singles chart on February 1st, 1964, holding the top spot position for seven consecutive weeks -- and within two months, over 3.5 million copies of Meet The Beatles! were sold in the U.S.
On January 21st, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' first U.S. Number One hit, "I Want To Hold Your Hand" and their American debut on The Ed Sullivan Show, Capitol Records will release the 13 CD set, called, The U.S. Albums, which will span the group's American albums from 1964’s Meet The Beatles! to 1970’s Hey Jude.
As most fans are aware of, the "Fab Four's" U.S. albums differed from the band's British releases, with the albums including different tracklistings, song mixes, album titles, and cover art.
The new box includes: Meet the Beatles! (1964); The Beatles’ Second Album (1964); A Hard Day’s Night (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (1964); Something New (1964); The Beatles’ Story (1964); Beatles ’65 (1964); The Early Beatles (1965); Beatles VI (1965); Help! (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (1965); Rubber Soul (1965); Yesterday. . . And Today (1966); Revolver (1966) and Hey Jude (1970).
The collection and individual albums are now available for pre-order on iTunes.
Although fans were hoping to get their hands on all of the new Led Zeppelin remasters this year, the wait for the majority of the band's catalogue continues, according to Ultimate Classic Rock. Jimmy Page posted an update on his officiate website (JimmyPage.com) stating, "The first of the Led Zeppelin reissues -- comprising of Led Zeppelin I, Led Zeppelin II, and Led Zeppelin III -- will be released this year. I’ve also been working on some of my own material from the archives that will be unleashed in 2014."
The wait for Led Zeppelin IV, Houses Of The Holy, Physical Graffiti, The Song Remains The Same, In Through The Out Door, and Coda, will likely stretch into 2015.