Earlier this morning Allman Brothers Band founding member and keyboardist Gregg Allman underwent successful liver transplant surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL. Allman, whose fight with Hepatitis C forced the Allman Brothers to cancel a number of shows in 2007, including their annual Beacon run, had been on the waiting list for a new liver after doctors recommended it because of chronic damage to his original liver.
Here’s the official statement from Gregg…
“I feel pretty good, considering everything that’s happened,” says ALLMAN, who co-founded the Allman Brothers Band in 1969. “Everybody involved here, my doctors and nurses in the hospital and all the Allman Brothers fans, they’ve just all been great.” The surgery took place this morning (June 23) after ALLMAN was notified that an appropriate liver had been donated. “All I can really say is ‘thanks,’” the singer says with gratitude.
As a result of the surgery, the Allman Brothers Band has canceled their appearance at Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival in Chicago on Saturday, though guitarists Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks will still perform. We here at HT want to wish Gregg a speedy recovery and a quick return to the road, and look forward to seeing him behind the B3 real soon.