Six years after the group announced they would no longer tour, the Allman Brothers Band have decided to reunite for a special show at New York City’s Madison Square Garden, celebrating their 50th anniversary.
The group, who now call themselves just the Brothers, will hit the stage on March 10 to perform the band’s hits throughout the years. Surviving members of the latest Allman Brothers lineup include drummer Jaimoe Johanson, guitarists Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks, bassist Oteil Burbridge and percussionist Marc Quinones.
They will be joined by the brother of Derek and nephew of late Allmans founding drummer Butch, Duane Trucks, as well as organist Reese Wynans, who performed in the pre-Allmans band Second Coming with Dickey Becks and late Allmans bassist Berry Oakley. Pianist Chuck Leavell, a member in the Seventies, will also join them onstage for a handful of songs.
“It’s a way of honoring 50 years of the band and honoring Duane, Gregg, Berry and Butch and the music they created,” Haynes told Rolling Stone. “That music deserves a 50th anniversary celebration. Most rock bands never thought they’d even see their 50th anniversary. And of course, this one didn’t. So in a way, this brings some sort of closure.”
Betts, who has not held a solid relationship with members over the past few years, has a prior commitment and will not attend the reunion show. This will be the group’s first show together since they performed at New York City’s The Beacon in 2014. Haynes said the group is still in the process of picking which songs they will play from the Allman’s catalog, noting that “it’s going to be impossible to play all of them.”