It’s never too late … or too early … for the Midnight Rider to strike.
As most of us still struggle to adjust to writing 2014 instead of 2013 it’s difficult to believe that one of the biggest concert moments of the new year is happening this week in Atlanta.
All My Friends: Celebrating the Songs and Voice of Gregg Allman will feature one of the most star-studded lineups that has ever performed at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta. That’s not too shabby for the 85-year-old venue.
Among the artists paying tribute to Allman on the Jan. 10 event are Jackson Browne, John Hiatt, Vince Gill, Trace Adkins, Natalie Cole, Dr. John, Chuck Leavell, Robert Randolph, Keb’ Mo’, Derek Trucks, Widespread Panic and, of course, the Allman Brothers Band.
Unfortunately, it’s a one-night-only performance that has already sold out. Sure, tickets are available from “brokers” but it will set you back much more than “one more silver dollar.” But happily, the concert will be filmed for airing later in the year.
IT’S ALLMAN ALL YEAR DEPT. The concert at the Fox is just the beginning of what should be a banner year for Allman. Shooting began this month in Georgia on the upcoming biopic Midnight Rider: The Gregg Allman Story that’s based on Allman’s superb 2012 autobiography My Cross to Bear.
The movie will highlight Allman’s years as a musician as well as his years of substance and alcohol abuse and subsequent recovery. Allman has been clean and sober since the ’90s and had a successful liver transplant almost four years ago.
Tyson Ritter, lead singer of the All American Rejects, has been cast as Allman. Ritter is probably best known for his recurring roles in the successful television series Betas and Parenthood.
Original recordings from the Allman Brothers band will be used in the movie, which should be ready for screens next year.
VINTAGE RECORDINGS ARE A COMIN’ DEPT. Also set for release from The Allmans in 2014 are a pair of previously unissued in-concert performances. The first is a 1971 show on CD from the original lineup with Duane at the helm titled Live at the Boston Common. There’s also a DVD from ’91 Live at Great Woods in the pipeline as well.
As usual, The Allman Brothers have their longstanding run at the Beacon Theatre in New York set for March 7-22. If you have never witnessed the band at the Beacon you are missing out big time as it’s always full of surprise guests and renditions of older songs rarely performed in concert.
Finally, there have been some rumblings that Gregg might be willing to play again with his fellow (and now estranged) original member Dicky Betts, who was fired in 2000. If that happens, it would be a nice “Revival” for the Allman Brothers Band’s 45th anniversary in 2014.