June 16, 1989 |
At its peak, the Allman Brothers Band in many ways was the Grateful Dead with fire. Like Jerry Garcia and company, the Allmans--whose blend of country and blues strains defined Southern Rock in the late '60s and early '70s--frequently engaged in marathon jams on stage, sidestepping visual flash for sheer instrumental authority and grace as it wove an almost magical spell over the audience. But the band--which framed the superb guitar interaction of Duane Allman and Dickey Betts against one of rock's most accomplished rhythm sections--injected the music with an energy and tension that was more consistently involving than the Dead's.
July 4, 2000 |
For those who don't think the Allman Brothers Band without guitarist Dickey Betts would be worth seeing, drummer Jaimoe is offering a money-back guarantee. "I'm happily challenging anyone," says the drummer and founding member of the band. "A few people on the Internet said they weren't going to see a Betts-less Allman Brothers band, and they are entitled to their opinions," Jaimoe says by phone from Virginia Beach, Va.
March 25, 1989 |
The story of the Allman Brothers Band is marked by death and strife--the kinds of memories that many people would rather forget. But Dickey Betts says the past is seldom out of his mind. "Anytime I'm playing music or getting ready to record, Duane Allman will enter my thoughts, and so will Berry Oakley," Betts said. "It's part of my musical makeup and mental process when it comes to music. We learned to play together and taught each other a lot."
August 6, 1989 |
The rags-to-riches-to-rags tale of the Allman Brothers band is one of the tawdriest in rock-music history--real tabloid stuff. Among the seamy elements: drugs and alcohol excesses, deaths by motorcycle crashes, a turbulent breakup, a stormy Hollywood marriage and divorce, not one but two descents into obscurity, drug trials, a financial scandal, courtroom battles and constantly feuding members.
August 26, 1990 |
Two decades, two funerals and far more than seven twists and turns in the road separate the Allman Brothers from their peak. Yet two lingering qualities from the old days allow them to continue with dignity intact and rehash avoided. Those are Gregg Allman's way with a soulful blues vocal, and guitarist Dickey Betts' ability to shape an instrumental excursion into a work of dramatic architecture. Not a brilliant album, but one that's solid and welcome.
August 2, 2001 |
* R&B sensation Alicia Keys, right, plays the House of Blues in West Hollywood on Aug. 13. Tickets go on sale today .... Five other new shows at the House of Blues now on sale: Dickey Betts on Sept. 9; Megadeth on Sept. 16; the Young Dubliners on Oct. 6; Etta James on Oct. 12; and Hall & Oates on Oct. 17 .... Belle & Sebastian visit the Wiltern Theatre on Sept. 6. Tickets on sale now .... SWAG features members of the Mavericks, Wilco and Sixpence None the Richer. The group plays Sept.