In a joint statement Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks have confirmed they will be leaving the legendary Allman Brothers Band at the end of 2014 to focus on other projects.
“For 25 years and 15 years respectively,Â we’ve had the honor and pleasure of playing, living, learning, andÂ traveling with the Allman Brothers Band, one of the truly legendary rockÂ and roll bands. We will be forever grateful for the opportunity and theÂ experience, and for the love, enthusiasm, and support of the incredibleÂ fans. We are both preparing to dig even deeper into our variousÂ creative and musical endeavors and, as a result, 2014 will be our finalÂ year as part of the band. We are looking forward to seeing our loyal ABBÂ fans at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta this Friday night January 10th andÂ in March at the Beacon Theater in New York City as we celebrate the 45thÂ Anniversary of the band.” – Warren Haynes & Derek Trucks
As The Allman Brothes prepare to celebrate their 45th year, take a look back at Honest Tune’s week long coverage of their 40th Anniversary in in which we markedÂ he momentous occasion withÂ a retrospective of the band,Â interviews of artists, features, and an overall synopsis of what the band means to our music landscape.
Both Haynes and Trucks also released individual statements expressing their gratitude and fond memories of their time with the band.
From Warren Haynes:
IÂ joined the Allman Brothers Band in 1989, at age 28, for a reunion tourÂ with no promise or expectations of it going any further. Based on theÂ success of the tour and the uncanny chemistry between the originalÂ members and the new members, we decided to continue and see where it allÂ led. Now, here we are, 25 years later, and it has been an amazingÂ experience. I’ve always said that if I were to join a band that I grewÂ up listening to the ABB would be at the top of that list. The originalÂ version of the band was a huge influence on me and I’m sure that theÂ countless hours I spent listening to and studying that music helpedÂ shape me as a musician. As proud as I am of being a member of such aÂ legendary band, I’m even more proud of the music that we’ve madeÂ together and of being a part of carrying their original vision into theÂ future.
As someoneÂ who’s been fortunate enough to juggle a lot of musical projects andÂ opportunities I look forward to maintaining a vigorous schedule whichÂ will include many more years of touring and recording with Gov’t Mule inÂ addition to my solo projects and to enjoying more family time as well.Â Being part of the ABB has opened a lot of doors for me and that’sÂ something I don’t take for granted nor do I take for granted theÂ friendship and musical relationships I have with each of the members.Â The 45th Anniversary of the ABB is a milestone amidst too manyÂ highlights to count and I’m looking forward to an amazing year creatingÂ music that only the Allman Brothers Band can create.
From Derek Trucks:
IÂ got the call to join the Allman Brothers while on tour with my own bandÂ at the age of 19.Â It was out of the blue and felt surreal.Â I leapt atÂ the chance.Â This was the music that I had cut my teeth on and it wasÂ the distinctive sound of Duane’s guitar that inspired me to pick up theÂ instrument in the first place.
WhenÂ I started with ABB I didn’t know how long it would last, only that IÂ would let the music lead me and teach me.Â Amazingly that led me pastÂ the band’s 40th anniversary, to the band’s 45th, and now my 15th year asÂ a member of this incredible band.Â Â Five years ago the 45th seemed likeÂ a lofty goal but I thought if we could make it to that milestone itÂ would be a logical time to move on.
Â WhileÂ I’ve shared many magical moments on stage with the Allman Brothers BandÂ in the last decade plus, I feel that my solo project and the TedeschiÂ Trucks Band is where my future and creative energy lies. The TedeschiÂ Trucks Band tour schedule keeps growing, and I feel the time has finallyÂ come to focus on a single project, which will allow me to spend thatÂ rare time off the road with my family and children.Â It’s a difficultÂ decision to make, and I don’t make it lightly.
I’mÂ proud to have made a small contribution to the masterful music theyÂ have created over the past forty years, and will continue to create. NowÂ seems like a good time to go out on a high note with a great 45thÂ anniversary in 2014, and the mutual respect and friendship of the other 6Â members of ABB.
Allman Brothers Band dates:
JanuaryÂ 10 – Atlanta, GA – Fox Theatre – All My Friends: Celebrating the SongsÂ and Voice of Gregg Allman.Â http://celebrategreggallman.
Â Beacon Theater in New York City March 7, 8, 11, 12, 14, 15, 18, 19, 21 and 22.