The Allman Brothers Band founding guitarist Dickey Betts announced that he is cancelling all upcoming concerts this November after undergoing successful brain surgery this past week.
The “Ramblin’ Man” singer had a “freak accident” earlier this month while outside in his backyard in Little Sarasota Bay. While playing with his family dog, he slipped and cracked his head, causing bleeding from the brain, a post on his website states. In order to relieve swelling, he was scheduled for brain surgery.
It was announced that Betts’ surgery was a success. On his website, there is an updated note from David Spero which says that Betts is “off the respirator and doing great! Talking, laughing, and of course, complaining!”
The accident follows a minor stroke that Betts suffered from in August. The stroke caused him to cancel upcoming tour dates but on September 14, Betts posted that he is ahead of schedule and has “already started playing his guitar again.”
However, now his upcoming shows in November have been cancelled. The gigs cancelled include shows in Georgia, Florida, New Hampshire, and his “Homecoming Concert” in Clearwater, Florida. At this time, it is unknown if they are being postponed to a later date. During the Homecoming Concert, Betts was supposed to play with ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons. Now, Gibbons will play a solo show at the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater the same night.
“It was just a few days ago that Dickey was telling me how excited he was to get back in front of the fans on November 1,” Spero said. “It’s very unfortunate, for all involved, that we need to cancel those shows. Please add Dickey into your thoughts and prayers.”
Check out the cancelled show dates below.
Dickey Betts Cancelled Shows 2018
November 1 — Augusta, GA @ Bell Auditorium
November 3 — Pompano Beach, FL @ Pompano Beach Amphitheater
November 5 — Clearwater, FL @ Ruth Eckerd Hall
November 9 — Hampton Beach, NH @ Hampton Beach Casino