James Dolan says sorry to the 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.”