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Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks to Leave the Allman Brothers Band

January 08, 2014

Photo by Dean Budnick

Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks have announced that they will leave the Allman Brothers Band at the end of 2014. This year marks the 45th anniversary of the group and the pair will stick with the band through the Beacon Theatre run and whatever might follow (with Wanee expected and then one imagines some shows this summer). Haynes joined the Allman Brothers in 1989 and remained with the band until 1997 when he left along with Allen Woody to focus on Gov't Mule. Then in 2001 after the ABB parted ways with founding member Dickey Betts, Haynes rejoined the group. Derek Trucks officially joined the Allmans in 1999. The current incarnation of the Allman Brothers Band is the group’s longest-standing lineup since its formation. Both musicians have released official statements regarding their departure.

Warren Haynes:

I joined the Allman Brothers Band in 1989, at age 28, for a reunion tour with no promise or expectations of it going any further. Based on the success of the tour and the uncanny chemistry between the original members and the new members, we decided to continue and see where it all led. Now, here we are, 25 years later, and it has been an amazing experience. I've always said that if I were to join a band that I grew up listening to the ABB would be at the top of that list. The original version of the band was a huge influence on me and I'm sure that the countless hours I spent listening to and studying that music helped shape me as a musician. As proud as I am of being a member of such a legendary band, I'm even more proud of the music that we've made together and of being a part of carrying their original vision into the future.

As someone who's been fortunate enough to juggle a lot of musical projects and opportunities I look forward to maintaining a vigorous schedule which will include many more years of touring and recording with Gov't Mule in addition to my solo projects and to enjoying more family time as well. Being part of the ABB has opened a lot of doors for me and that's something I don't take for granted nor do I take for granted the friendship and musical relationships I have with each of the members. The 45th Anniversary of the ABB is a milestone amidst too many highlights to count and I'm looking forward to an amazing year creating music that only the Allman Brothers Band can create.

Derek Trucks:

I got the call to join the Allman Brothers while on tour with my own band at the age of 19. It was out of the blue and felt surreal. I leapt at the chance. This was the music that I had cut my teeth on and it was the distinctive sound of Duane's guitar that inspired me to pick up the instrument in the first place.

When I started with ABB I didn't know how long it would last, only that I would let the music lead me and teach me. Amazingly that led me past the band's 40th anniversary, to the band's 45th, and now my 15th year as a member of this incredible band. Five years ago the 45th seemed like a lofty goal but I thought if we could make it to that milestone it would be a logical time to move on.

While I've shared many magical moments on stage with the Allman Brothers Band in the last decade plus, I feel that my solo project and the Tedeschi Trucks Band is where my future and creative energy lies. The Tedeschi Trucks Band tour schedule keeps growing, and I feel the time has finally come to focus on a single project, which will allow me to spend that rare time off the road with my family and children. It’s a difficult decision to make, and I don’t make it lightly.

I’m proud to have made a small contribution to the masterful music they have created over the past forty years, and will continue to create. Now seems like a good time to go out on a high note with a great 45th anniversary in 2014, and the mutual respect and friendship of the other 6 members of ABB.

Comments

BOOM!

By Ross Neilsen - 01/08/14

...and the future of Wanee as well is uncertain.

By GratefulDem - 01/08/14

Holy sh*t

By denise - 01/08/14

Hate to see them go

By WestSideBobby - 01/08/14

BRING BACK DICKIE BETTS!

By ricox - 01/09/14

Looks like Wanee is going to be Panic’s baby now.

By Legba - 01/09/14

Duckie and Butch don’t get along at all…little chance of that….

By Hotlantabandlive.com - 01/09/14

Ok. Misleading reporting. Wanee is 100% confirmed as is Peach Fest in August. They typically do their beacon shows then into maybe 8-10 summer shows, and those two festivals. Those two festivals are ABB festivals and 100% confirmed. I would assume that with this news, their summer tour will also continue in the regular spots (jones beach, atl, etc). The year of 2014 has just begun, and their announcement specifically states 2014 as their last year with ABB. We still have a whole year to soak in the two departing talents, and wish for bright futures all around.

By Kendall - 01/09/14

I still remember them as the Allman Joys

By Robert Burgess - 01/09/14

I hope Gregg finds some new young talented guitarist and keeps the ABB legacy alive.

By Mike Lorah - 01/09/14

God bless the greatest band from South!

By BE - 01/09/14

Nooooooooooo ,please don’t do it .I don’t think I can bear it . I love the ABB . They will always rule .

By Cary - 01/09/14

It had to happen some time. Derek needs to spread his wings The TT Band is one of the best on Earth. Let the man follow his muse he is a true musical genius.  Needless to say Warren is right there, too.

By dk70 - 01/09/14

Saddened to hear the news,but excitement builds thinking of what the future holds for 2 of the worlds greatest guitarists.
Beacon will be even more appreciated this year and one hell of a farewell party.

By Sean Bell - 01/09/14

Sad news indeed. I hope to see them one more time.

By Jim Wyatt - 01/09/14

Please God Let Dickey play one more time…

By Sparky - 01/09/14

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