The current line-up of the Allman Brothers Band will bow out as a live act with two October (14) shows at the New York venue they have performed at over 230 times since 1989. The group has rescheduled four postponed Beacon Theatre shows and added two final concerts on 27 and 28 October.
The Allman Brothers Band were forced to cancel shows at the Beacon in March (14) when Gregg Allman fell ill with pneumonia.
Allman's band formed in 1969 and the current line-up includes Butch and Derek Trucks and Warren Haynes, who announced they would be leaving the group following a final tour this year.
Derek Trucks tells Billboard.com, "That's the way for this incarnation of the band to go out, one final, short Beacon run. I think that's appropriate for this version of the group. I think we've done most of our best work there."
Veteran rocker Gregg Allman has silenced reports suggesting The Allman Brothers Band is preparing to split after celebrating its 45th anniversary. Longtime guitarists Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks announced in January (14) that they will be departing the iconic group at the end of the year (14), and drummer Butch Trucks recently fuelled rumours the Ramblin' Man hitmakers might call it quits after admitting 2014 "may very well be our final year".
However, frontman Gregg Allman, who has struggled with health issues in recent years, has put an end to the speculation by insisting they will continue rocking out once they find replacements for the exiting members.
He tells Radio.com, "As for the rumour of the brothers breaking up after 45 years, in other words, after this year, that is a rumour. We are not breaking up."
The Allman Brothers Band previously parted ways in the 1970s and 1980s, but the rockers have remained together since its second reunion in 1989.
Guitarists Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks are leaving The Allman Brothers Band. Gregg Allman and his iconic group are celebrating their 45th anniversary in 2014 and at the end of this year, two of its members will part ways with the band.
Haynes and Trucks, who have been with the group for 25 and 15 years respectively, announced the news in a statement that reads: "We are both preparing to dig even deeper into our various creative and musical endeavours and, as a result, 2014 will be our final year as part of the band."
Haynes leads the group Gov't Mule, while Trucks fronts his Derek Trucks Band. He also plays in The Tedeschi Trucks Band with his wife, singer/guitarist Susan Tedeschi.
The Doors star Robby Krieger is to join rockers Gov't Mule for a Halloween tribute to his former band. Allman Brothers star Warren Haynes' band stage a tribute show to other artists annually, and this year they've chosen to honour Krieger's group - and the guitarist will join them onstage.
Gov't Mule and Krieger will perform at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles on 30 October (13), and at the Fox Theater in Oakland the following night.
Krieger is also gearing up for another major Doors tribute show next year (14) - he and former bandmate John Densmore are planning to pay tribute to keyboard player Ray Manzarek, who lost his battle with cancer earlier this year (13).
He recently told Ultimate Classic Rock, "It's going to be February 12th. I'm not sure where yet, but probably somewhere in L.A. February 12th is Ray's birthday, so that's what we're shooting for. We're talking with Live Nation, and we want to get some great guys to play. I want to get some great keyboard guys, some people that Ray looked up to - Keith Jarrett maybe or Herbie Hancock - some guys like that.
"Hopefully we'll be successful in getting something like that together, and that would be the first time that John and I would have played (together) for a long time."
Stars including Trace Adkins, Natalie Cole, Martina Mcbride and Don Was are set to salute veteran rocker Gregg Allman at a special tribute concert in Atlanta, Georgia next year (14). Train frontman Pat Monahan, Jackson Browne, Warren Haynes, John Hiatt, Sam Moore, Eric Church, Widespread Panic and the 65-year-old star's own The Allman Brothers Band will also perform in his honour at the All My Friends: Celebrating the Songs & Voice of Gregg Allman event.
Don Was and Haynes will serve as co-musical directors of the Fox Theatre concert, which will feature unique collaborations and surprise guests for one night only on 10 January (14).
Show organiser and producer Keith Wortman says, "I am honoured and humbled to produce a multi-media event of this magnitude."
Country music legend Willie Nelson has rejoined the bill of an upcoming music festival in Nashville, Tennessee after previously axing the date due to a shoulder injury. The veteran singer cancelled three shows, in Indiana, Michigan and Illinois, after doctors ordered him to rest up, and he also pulled out of his slot at the Southern Ground Music & Food Festival in Nashville on Saturday (28Sep13).
However, the On the Road Again hitmaker has made a good recovery, and has now rejoined the festival's line-up, and he also invited musician Warren Haynes to play during the show.
A statement from organisers reads, "Late breaking news from the Southern Ground Music & Food Festival! Willie Nelson & Family have confirmed with Southern Ground Music & Food Festival organisers that they will in fact perform on Saturday, September 28th and have invited their friend Warren Haynes to sit-in on a couple songs."
Keith Richards stunned music fans at Eric Clapton's Crossroads festival in New York on Saturday night (13Apr13) when he stepped onstage for an unannounced jam session. The Rolling Stones star joined his fellow guitar great towards the beginning of Clapton's hour-long set at Madison Square Garden for blues standard Key to the Highway and rocking number Sweet Little Rock N' Roller.
Clapton, who staged the two-night spectacular to raise funds for his Crossroads Centre for substance abuse in Antigua, was also joined joined by John Mayer, Jeff Beck, Robert Cray, Los Lobos and Buddy Guy.
And Richards wasn't the only special guest who performed with Clapton on the second night of the festival - Robbie Robertson also joined him onstage to sing I Shall Be Released.
The two-night festival also featured appearances from Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks, Gregg Allman, Keith Urban, Vince Gill, Albert Lee, Keb' Mo', Taj Mahal and newcomer Gary Clark Jr.
Gill summed up the thrill of the event when he told the sold out crowd, "It's one of the greatest things that ever happened, getting this invitation from Eric Clapton."
And Robertson added, "I just want to say it's an honour to be here in honour of Crossroads and Eric Clapton."
As critics and other dole out this year's film honors, Oscar front-runners are headed in varying directions.
The Los Angeles Film Critics chose Alexander Payne's dark comedy About Schmidt Saturday as 2002's best film. The film centers on a retired man who learns a few life lessons while on a soul-searching journey across the country. Runners up were Todd Haynes' melodrama Far From Heaven and Stephen Daldry's Virginia Woolf opus The Hours.
The L.A. Film Critics also chose Julianne Moore as best actress for her performances as a depressed 1950s housewife in The Hours and a picture-perfect 1950s housewife in Far From Heaven, with French actress Isabelle Huppert taking the runner-up spot for her emotional portrayal in the Holocaust drama The Piano Teacher.
Best actor honors were shared by Daniel Day-Lewis for his performance as the malevolent gang leader in Gangs of New York and Jack Nicholson's tour-de-force as the 66-year-old Schmidt in About Schmidt.
Spanish director Pedro Almodovar was chosen as the year's top director for his moving relationship drama Talk to Her. The runner-up wasHaynes for Far From Heaven.
Chris Cooper was named best supporting actor for Adaptation with Christopher Walken as the runner-up for Catch Me If You Can. Edie Falco was the favorite supporting actress for Sunshine State followed by Kathy Bates for About Schmidt.
Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor won best screenplay accolades for About Schmidt with Charlie Kaufman and Donald Kaufman runner-ups for Adaptation. Best foreign language film went to Mexican hit Y Tu Mama Tambien, followed by Talk to Her.
Last week the National Board of Review picked The Hours as best film of the year, widening the rift for what may take Academy Award nominations for Best Picture. Only Moore stands as a clear Oscar favorite, as she also won the best actress honors from the National Board of Review.
The Los Angeles Critics Association is comprised of 50 local movie reviewers and are among the first major critic organizations to announce their choices for 2002's best in film. Still to come this week are the New York Film Critics Circle picks and the Golden Globe nominations, which will be announced Dec. 19.