[Slowhand] re: ec to be guest

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Fri Mar 24 12:13:30 EST 2006

>From a recent Reuters article:

Allmans roll out guests, old gems at N.Y. stand
Thu Mar 23, 2006 10:25 PM ET

By Wes Orshoski

NEW YORK (Billboard) - While fans of the Allman Brothers Band have long
treasured its annual residency at New York's Beacon Theater, they might
remember this year's stand as the best yet.

Since opening the 14-night stand on March 9 with an appearance by longtime
Howlin' Wolf guitarist Hubert Sumlin, the Allmans have welcomed a parade of
guests, including Taj Mahal, Ben Harper, Mountain's Leslie West, Susan
Tedeschi, former ABB/current Rolling Stones keyboardist Chuck Leavell and
jazzman Bernard Purdie.

On March 13, exactly 35 years after the recording of the band's legendary
album "At Fillmore East," the Allmans upped the ante and performed the set
in its entirety.

"Christ, did that kick my ass," drummer Butch Trucks told Billboard.com. "We
played the whole 'Fillmore East' album for the first set and then came back
in the second set and really jammed. We went back and listened to the album
and realized that some of the songs had morphed into something else. So we
tried to be a little bit more true to the record on songs like 'You Don't
Love Me."'

Mixing in both ABB staples with obscure album tracks and such choice covers
as the Band's "The Weight," Derek and the Dominos' "Anyday" and Howlin'
Wolf's "Smokestack Lightin'," this year's run impressed even the Allmans.

"I don't know what happened," Trucks said, "but last Saturday night,
(drummer) Roy Haynes got up and sat in with us, and all of a sudden,
everything jumped up four of five notches, and hasn't come down since. This
past week has been the most incredible week of music that I've ever been
through. I mean, I've had nights where it's just been unbelievable, but I've
never been through an extended period of time like this. Everything we try

With this year's stand continuing through Sunday (March 26), Trucks promised
still more surprises, but was tight-lipped with specifics. He did quell
rumors about a guest appearance from Eric Clapton, with whom his nephew and
ABB guitarist Derek Trucks has recently been collaborating.

"On Saturday and Sunday, a very special guest is gonna be there," he said.
"We're gonna finish this off with a bang. He's a friend that goes way back.
He was one of (late band founder) Duane Allman's close personal friends."


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