Courtesy of Allman Brothers BandGuitarist/singer Warren Haynes and slide guitarist Derek Trucks announced Wednesday night that 2014 will be their final year as part of the Allman Brothers Band.
“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,” Haynes and Trucks said in a statement.
“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," the joint statement concluded.
Haynes joined the Allman Brothers Band in 1989, at the age of 28, for a reunion tour. In a separate statement, Haynes said there was no promise or expectations at the time of it going any further, but “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.”
Haynes statement continued, “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.”
Haynes said he looks 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.”
The guitarist concluded his statement by saying he is “looking forward to an amazing year creating music that only the Allman Brothers Band can create.”
Derek Trucks also issued an individual statement saying he got a call to join the band while he was on tour with his own group at the age of 19. “It was out of the blue and felt surreal. I leapt at the chance," Trucks said. "This was the music that I had cut my teeth on and it was the distinctive sound of Duane [Allman's] guitar that inspired me to pick up the instrument in the first place.”
Trucks continued, “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.”
The Allman Brothers Band is scheduled to perform next on Friday at a star-studded tribute concert for frontman Gregg Allman at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta.
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