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Gregg Allman’s son hopes to stage big birthday tribute gig

Gregg Allman’s musician son Devon wants to keep his late dad’s legacy alive by marking his birthday with a big tribute show in New York City.
The Allman Brothers Band icon will be laid to rest in his native Georgia on Saturday (03Jun17), one week after his death, aged 69.
Gregg’s second eldest child, Devon Allman, is still “trying to process” the loss, just six months after the death of his mother Shelley Kay Jefts, the rock legend’s first wife, but he is hoping to do his part to honour his dad’s memory on what would have been his 70th birthday on 8 December (17).
“I just want to make sure that his music lives forever and is treated with respect and integrity,” he tells Billboard.com. “We are… having a big celebration of life for him in New York City, a big concert where all his friends can play, play his songs, donate the money to charity and just have a big love-in in his honour.”
However, before Devon begins organising the charity show, he is planning to take some time away from the spotlight to gather his thoughts.
“I think I’m going to take a break; losing both parents in six months is tough,” the 44-year-old admitted. “I think it’s time for me to just huddle around family and kind of hit the reset button.”
In the meantime, fans of the late Allman have been given some good news – Gregg had been working on a new album, Southern Blood, prior to his passing, and Devon insists devotees will really appreciate the “special record”, which the veteran star’s manager Michael Lehman recently confirmed will be released this year (17), as planned.
Fans will also be able to look forward to a special performance saluting Gregg at the upcoming CMT Music Awards on 7 June (17), which will feature Jason Aldean, Darius Rucker, and Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum.

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