Warren Haynes And Derek Trucks To Depart Allman Brothers Band At End Of 2014

The Allman Brothers Band 8-1-12 at Chastain Park Amphitheatre in Atlanta Ga. Peachtreeimages.com/Lisa Keel2012

 

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,  we’ve had the honor and pleasure of playing, living, learning, and  traveling with the Allman Brothers Band, one of the truly legendary rock  and roll bands. We will be forever grateful for the opportunity and the  experience, and for the love, enthusiasm, and support of the incredible  fans. We are both preparing to dig even deeper into our various  creative and musical endeavors and, as a result, 2014 will be our final  year as part of the band. We are looking forward to seeing our loyal ABB  fans at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta this Friday night January 10th and  in March at the Beacon Theater in New York City as we celebrate the 45th  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 marked he momentous occasion with a retrospective of the band, interviews of artists, features, and an overall synopsis of what the band means to our music landscape.

40 years of The Allman Brothers Band

Both Haynes and Trucks also released individual statements expressing their gratitude and fond memories of their time with the band.

From Warren Haynes:

I  joined the Allman Brothers Band in 1989, at age 28, for a reunion tour  with no promise or expectations of it going any further. Based on the  success of the tour and the uncanny chemistry between the original  members and the new members, we decided to continue and see where it all  led. Now, here we are, 25 years later, and it has been an amazing  experience. I’ve always said that if I were to join a band that I grew  up listening to the ABB would be at the top of that list. The original  version of the band was a huge influence on me and I’m sure that the  countless hours I spent listening to and studying that music helped  shape me as a musician. As proud as I am of being a member of such a  legendary band, I’m even more proud of the music that we’ve made  together and of being a part of carrying their original vision into the  future.

As someone  who’s been fortunate enough to juggle a lot of musical projects and  opportunities I look forward to maintaining a vigorous schedule which  will include many more years of touring and recording with Gov’t Mule in  addition to my solo projects and to enjoying more family time as well.  Being part of the ABB has opened a lot of doors for me and that’s  something I don’t take for granted nor do I take for granted the  friendship and musical relationships I have with each of the members.  The 45th Anniversary of the ABB is a milestone amidst too many  highlights to count and I’m looking forward to an amazing year creating  music that only the Allman Brothers Band can create.

From Derek Trucks:

I  got the call to join the Allman Brothers while on tour with my own band  at the age of 19.  It was out of the blue and felt surreal.  I leapt at  the chance.  This was the music that I had cut my teeth on and it was  the distinctive sound of Duane’s guitar that inspired me to pick up the  instrument in the first place.

When  I started with ABB I didn’t know how long it would last, only that I  would let the music lead me and teach me.  Amazingly that led me past  the band’s 40th anniversary, to the band’s 45th, and now my 15th year as  a member of this incredible band.   Five years ago the 45th seemed like  a lofty goal but I thought if we could make it to that milestone it  would be a logical time to move on.

 While  I’ve shared many magical moments on stage with the Allman Brothers Band  in the last decade plus, I feel that my solo project and the Tedeschi  Trucks Band is where my future and creative energy lies. The Tedeschi  Trucks Band tour schedule keeps growing, and I feel the time has finally  come to focus on a single project, which will allow me to spend that  rare time off the road with my family and children.  It’s a difficult  decision to make, and I don’t make it lightly.

I’m  proud to have made a small contribution to the masterful music they  have created over the past forty years, and will continue to create. Now  seems like a good time to go out on a high note with a great 45th  anniversary in 2014, and the mutual respect and friendship of the other 6  members of ABB.

Allman Brothers Band dates:

January  10 – Atlanta, GA – Fox Theatre – All My Friends: Celebrating the Songs  and Voice of Gregg Allman.  http://celebrategreggallman.com

 Beacon Theater in New York City March 7, 8, 11, 12, 14, 15, 18, 19, 21 and 22.