The Allman Brothers Band Beginning
Duane and Gregg Allman formed The Allman Brothers Band in 1969, along with their companions Berry Oakley, Dickey Betts, Jai Johanny Johanson and Butch Trucks. In the coming years, the lineup was to change a lot. The band’s first release was “Duane & Greg Allman”. This was followed by several live shows by the band. They eventually released their debut self titled studio album to critical acclaim in 1969. This was followed by another studio album, “Idlewild South” which further increased their sales.
Allman Brothers’ real break came with the release of their first live album “At Fillmore East”, which came out in 1971 and was a product of their March 12th and 13th performances. The album received rave reviews. It was also included into the list of “The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time” at number 49 by Rolling Stone. The album featured music that was a blend of several genres, dominating ones being the fusion of jazz, hard rock and classical music. This was followed by a spree of concerts, as the band toured across the world. It also included the band’s performance at East Fillmore, which was the venue’s last before it closed down in June. That particular performance managed to receive a legendary status.
Tragedies and Triumph
Not long after the band enjoyed its days of glory with East Fillmore, Duane Allman died in a motorcycle accident in October of 1971. Despite the weight of the loss lying heavy on their hearts, the band members decided to move on. Dickey Betts filled in for Duane on their album “Eat a Peach”. The album was of great importance to the band, because it was the last that Duane contributed in. This record had a softer tone with songs like Blue Sky and Little Martha. This was followed by several live concerts. However, as soon as the band had remotely started overcoming the loss of Duane, another tragedy struck. Berry Oakley became victim of a motorbike accident and died in November 1972, only three blocks away from where Duane had lost his life.
In memory of Duane and Berry, The Allman Brothers Band released “Brothers and Sisters” in August of 1973. With its heartfelt tunes, the band was back into the limelight once again. They toured a lot, witnessing sold out venues. However, personality conflicts start to rise soon after. With other personal troubles that the band members were facing individually, along with the band’s conflicts, eventually they broke up.
Revival and the Beacon Theatre Era
The band got together again in 1978 with the released of another album, “Enlightened Rogues”. The reformed lineup included new members as well. However, by that time the band members had started their solo projects and the revival didn’t last for long. A couple of more reunions followed until 1989, the year when The Allman Brothers Band reunited for one last time and for good.
After embarking on their 20th Anniversary Tour, they released a new album titled “Seven Turns.” This is when the spring tradition at Beacon Theatre also began. Till day, the band has performed more than 220 concerts at the venue and returns every spring for ten or more dates. However, this year will mark their 45th anniversary celebrations at the venue, which will make this spring even more special for the fans and the band.