The Allman Brothers Band have announced plans for their 45th anniversary in 2014, including their annual concerts at New York City’s Beacon Theatre. Ten shows start on March 7. The Allmans have performed at the Beacon over 220 times since they began the tradition in 1989.
“It’s always good to get back on stage with the Brothers,” says ABB co-founder Gregg Allman. “Man, beyond the Brothers, that Beacon audience is like our family. You can look into their eyes—they’re right on top of you…there’s no other room like it.” All 11 of their 2013 Beacon Theatre shows sold out.
In February, the group’s own Allman Brothers Band Recording Company will issue Boston Common 8/17/71, which was recorded 10 weeks before the death of co-founding guitarist Duane Allman. It is “one of the few Duane Allman-era shows that no fan has heard or owns,” they say.
In addition, on February 18, Epic/Legacy Recordings will release the two-CD set Play All Night: Live at the Beacon Theatre 1992 and a live DVD from 1991, Live at Great Woods.
In April 2014, the group will return Florida for the 10th annual Wanee Festival, which they have curated and headlined since 2005 - a full line-up will be announced soon. Major acts who have joined the ABB at Wane in past years include Gov’t Mule, the Tedeschi Trucks Band, The Black Keys, Furthur, Widespread Panic, Robert Plant, Dr. John, Steven Stills, Steve Miller Band, O.A.R., Robert Randolph, Bob Weir & Ratdog, Levon Helm, Buddy Guy and many more.
And that’s not all. A movie of Gregg Allman’s memoir starts filming in spring 2014. William Hurt is set to star as the adult Gregg in a movie based on his book My Cross to Bear. The movie will be called Midnight Rider and will tell the story of Allman’s earliest days through the success of the Allman Brothers Band.
Rolling Stone magazine quote Gregg Allman as saying he is hands-on with the script. Already he’s vetoed a scene with his late brother Duane Allman which featured dialogue that Gregg deemed inappropriate for containing too much profanity. “It’s time consuming and tedious work to get it all right,” Allman says. “I don’t know first-hand because it hasn’t started yet, but I know I need to be there every single day if I want it done right.”
Wyatt Russell will portray Duane Allman in Midnight Rider.