Posted in music | tour dates | venues on November 23, 2010

Allman Brothers

Speaking from the stage of the Beacon, James L. Dolan, the chairman of Madison Square Garden, said: "I told Gregg before, our apologies for last year. That won't happen again."

Over a 20-year span that ended in 2009, the Allman Brothers Band played some 190 shows at the Beacon, more than any other act, returning annually in March for monthlong residencies that made the band synonymous with the theater.

But earlier this year the band lost its traditional booking to a Cirque du Soleil show, "Banana Shpeel," and had to hold its 2010 residency at the United Palace Theater. Meanwhile, "Banana Shpeel" delayed its official opening until May, and then closed quickly after receiving poor reviews.
[NY Times] (via heartonastick)

The Allman Brothers will play Beacon Theater on March 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 17, 18 & 19, 2011

In related news, Gregg Allman "will release his first solo record in 14 years on January 18, 2011 [via Rounder Records]. Called Low Country Blues for the coastal Georgia region Allman calls home, the record was produced by T Bone Burnett, recorded at his Village Recorder studio in Los Angeles and features Dr. John on piano, guitarist Doyle Bramhall II, and Burnett's brilliant go-to rhythm section: bassist Dennis Crouch and drummer Jay Bellerose."

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Comments (9)

the beacon should be ashamed, what a horrible decision they made.

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2010 10:44 AM

How do you invest in a show called Banana Shpeel?

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2010 10:47 AM

without even trying, that article is kind of mocking their decision by saying "Banana Shpeel" twice like that haha

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2010 11:23 AM

A big reason that the crowds didn't show up last year is that the ticket prices for these annual shows are out of hand. Last year you couldn't get a decent seat for less than $150 from Ticketmaster, although you could get in for about a quarter of that (or less) close to the show as the scalpers tried to unload their inventory. Hope they keep the prices down this year although I'm not holding my breath.

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2010 11:25 AM

The biggest reason why no one showed up for these shows is that fat suburban white guys with scraggly mustaches were too fucking stupid to find United Palace Theater and when someone told them it was in upper Manhattan they were too racist to want to go into the brown people's neighborhood.

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2010 11:57 AM

the real story is that greg allman ate some hummus which gave him some stinky gas and they could not get the smell out of the beacon.

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2010 12:09 PM

11:57, as incendiary as you sound, youre actually 100% fucking accurate. I see the Allmans every year and their stint at United Palace didnt suddenly stop me from being an Allmans fan. Went to 2 of the shows last year; they sounded incredible and they made the most of it. The band were obviously sore about it but Gregg only made one little comment on it on opening night last year and that was it. The fans are the ones who kept bitching about the neighborhood.

It's cool that theyre back at the Beacon because that is their home. I'm gonna try to see at least 2 shows again.

Posted by GregBX | November 23, 2010 1:37 PM

I hope they were at least comped a night for last year's kerfuffle.

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2010 3:09 PM

the beacon needs to chill on security. that place is Nazi infested. The Beacon shows Were all about freedom. you could smoke a joint without some monkey tossing you out or breathing down your neck the whole night. Shame on MSG. if we are paying up to $175 a ticket and rent the place out for the night, the beacon needs to understand that this is how we roll as a community. Lighten up

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2010 12:28 PM

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