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Gregg Allman – San Diego Sports Arena

Gregg Allman – Backstage

This is a great vintage picture of Gregg Allman waiting backstage at the San Diego Sports Arena.  The Allman Brothers were doing a rare performance at the sports arena on September 21, 1974. Even better is that the tickets are $5.25 in advance and $5.75 the day of the show.  Best of all, this includes the parking! Hell Yeah!

Brothers Duane Allman and Gregg Allman form the “Allman Brothers Band” in 1969. Comprised of the two brothers as well as Dickey Betts, Berry Oakley, Butch Trucks, and Jai Johanny “Jaimoe” Johanson. The band incorporates elements of blues, jazz, and country music. But what also highlights this band is their live shows that feature jam band-style improvisation and instrumentals.

The group’s first two studio releases, The Allman Brothers Band (1969) and Idlewild South (1970), stalled commercially, but their 1971 live release, At Fillmore East, is the commercial breakthrough for the band. Featuring extended renderings of their songs “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed” and “Whipping Post”, this album is among the best live albums ever made.

Group leader Duane Allman is killed in a motorcycle accident later that year – on October 29, 1971, and the band dedicates Eat a Peach (1972) to his memory, a dual studio/live album that cements the band’s popularity and featured Gregg Allman’s “Melissa” and Dickey Betts’s “Blue Sky”.

Following the motorcycling death of bassist Berry Oakley on November 11, 1972, the group recruit’s keyboardist Chuck Leavell and bassist Lamar Williams for 1973’s Brothers and Sisters. This album includes Betts’s hit single “Ramblin’ Man” and goes on to become a classic rock radio staple. Also, this places the group at the forefront of 1970s rock music.

Internal turmoil overtakes the band and soon after the group dissolved in 1976. Despite this breakup, they reunite again several years later and soon after going their separate ways.  To this day, the Allman Brothers legacy continues to flourish through the remaining members.

Their Opening Act

Boz Scaggs opens the show for the Allman Brothers. He’s known for his albums in the 1970s as well as the song “Lido Shuffle” and the Grammy Award-winning “Lowdown” from the critically acclaimed album Silk Degrees.  Duane Allman was a session musician at Muscle Shoals during the recording of this album.

50th Anniversary

Live Nation confirms the forthcoming 50th-anniversary celebration of The Allman Brothers Band set for this winter. Branded as, “The Brothers”, the one-night concert event will feature surviving members of the famous rock band along with special guests. Furthermore, it will take place at New York City’s Madison Square Garden on March 10th, 2020.

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