ABB @ The Beacon: Celebrating 40 Years

The Allman Brothers Band celebrated their 40th Anniversary last night by playing their first two albums in their entirety on the 13th show of their 15 show run at New York City’s Beacon Theatre. When set one started off with Don’t Want You No More, Jeff texted me that he thought the band would run through their self-titled debut album and he was right. For the second set, the Brothers tackled the songs from 1970’s Idlewild South.

With each passing night the members of this band have gotten tighter and tighter especially without any guests on stage. In a pre-Beacon interview drummer Butch Trucks mentioned that this show would just be the Allman Brothers Band leading Peacheaters to speculate that Dickey Betts would sit-in, but that never came to pass. And it was just as well as the ensemble tore through everything they played unencumbered by any guests.

Butch, Gregg and Jaimoe – who was playing with more passion tonight than I’ve seen the whole run – seemed to be all smiles on the Moogis webcast forty years after first playing together. The Allman Brothers Band returns to the stage tonight for the penultimate show of the run with all signs pointing to Warren’s The Dead bandmates Phil Lesh and Bob Weir joining the band on Saturday. Tune in to Moogis to follow the action live.

Set 1: Don’t Want You No More, It’s Not My Cross to Bear, Black Hearted Woman, Trouble No More, Every Hungry Woman, Dreams, Whipping Post

Set 2: Revival, Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’, Midnight Rider, In Memory of Elizabeth Reed, Hoochie Coochie Man, Please Call Home, Leave My Blues at Home

Encore: Statesboro Blues

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