New York City, NY (March 27, 2008) -- The Allman Brothers Band announced today that they are postponing their annual run of 15 shows at New York City’s Beacon Theatre set for May 5-24, with rescheduled dates to be announced. In addition, they have also canceled their upcoming performances at the Wanee Festival that they host every year in Florida (set for April 11-12, Wanee will continue as planned despite the fact that the Allman Brothers Band will not be appearing). For the past six months, founding member Gregg Allman has been receiving scheduled treatments for Hepatitis C, a virus that, with these treatments, has become curable in recent years. The treatments have been successful so far and the virus has been eradicated from his system.
However, the recovery time from the side effects of the treatment are taking longer than originally projected. Since the Allman Brothers Band are known for exhilarating and exhausting concert performances, they don’t want to give fans anything less than they have come to expect, so the band members made a group decision to delay the first round of dates.
“I’m getting better but I’m still tired,” says Gregg. “I need to be at 110 percent to do the shows the way we do them. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate the support and understanding my brothers and our fans have given me.”
Organizers say the Wanee Festival featuring Gov’t Mule, Bob Weir & Ratdog, Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi’s Soul Stew Revival, moe., Levon Helm and others will indeed take place April 11-12 in Live Oak, FL, despite the Brothers’ cancellation. As for other Allman Brothers Band dates, a 12-concert jaunt planned for August, including two shows that have already been announced (8/16 in Boston, MA and 8/23 in Camden, NJ), will go on as scheduled. The rescheduling of the Beacon Theatre run and additional fall shows will be announced soon. The band did not say whether they will still be playing at the Bonnaroo festival on June 12-15.
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