The Allman Brothers Band. part 1.
I was one of Freddy´s organisation team. There were only 8 of us, including Freddy and his wife. Freddy rented a small house very close to the south end of Hyde Park. Freddy originally wanted to have Led Zep, but since that didn´t work out, then went for the Allman Bros. and the Doobies. I remember reading the Allmans´ contract (as I had studied law, Freddy gave me it to check it) and was amused to see that more than 2 pages were dedicated to what drinks (mainly whisky) should be in the refrigerators at the back of the stage.
Dickey and Lamar © Art Tumelo.
Photo courtesy of Henry Cobbold, Knebworth House.
Lastly the band many had come to see - largely on their reputation as a jamming band - The Allman Brothers . Everyone had of course heard of the tragic set of circumstances that had hit the Allman's in the early 70s when guitar genius Duane Allman got himself killed as an offering to the god of motorcycle accidents . Talented bassist Berry Oakley suffered the same fate a year or so later, many say in his grief over Duane's death .
I was a big Allman's fan early on , being fixated on the Fillmore East live Album for quite a while when it first came out , and I was always sorry I had never gotten a look at Duane in the live arena. Not that I would have had a chance as they had never toured the UK when he was alive . However, the band had survived and come through the carnage with some competent new members , Dickie Betts on lead making up some of the ground lost when Duane was offed , but they had lost that unique twin lead sound and now the keyboards were taking more of the slack and it wasn't quite the same.
I suppose I liked the Allman's as I saw them as occupying much of the same territory as my fave band The Grateful Dead. Both bands had shared the same bill in 1973 at the massive Watkins Glen festival , playing to a gi-normous crowd of something like 500, 000. However, although both bands had a reputation for jamming , there were big differences in their approach and musical roots.
Brothers at Knebworth 1974 - part 2.
I have the audience tape of this show ,which has significant distortions -anyone out there with a soundboard ?
Gregg and Dickey © Art Tumelo.
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