Gregg Allman Says He'd Like to Jam with Dickey Betts Again

    Credit: Danny ClinchFounding Allman Brothers Band singer/guitarist Dickey Betts had an acrimonious split with the group in 2000, but with the band calling it quits last year, frontman Gregg Allman now says he'd like to mend fences with his old collaborator.

    "Time heals," Allman tells The Wall Street Journal.  "I haven't seen him in a very long time and would be very open to it.  In fact, I would love to play with him again."

    Gregg, who has been focusing on his solo band since The Allman Brothers played their farewell shows in October 2014, clarifies that he isn't interested in a full-fledged reunion with Betts, but he would like to jam with him again.

    "I love my band and I'm pretty set for guitar players, but I'd love to see Betts," he explains.  "We had our ups and down and all our demons.  We had our problems, our ins and outs and our public embarrassments on both sides.  But that's all way behind us now.  There's nothing at all wrong with forgive and forget."

    Allman has a bunch of upcoming U.S. tour dates lined up with his Gregg Allman Band, including a series of joint shows with The Doobie Brothers.  He tells The Wall Street Journal that his backing group actually is more focused on playing music than The Allman Brothers Band was.

    "The Allman Brothers never had a leader or focal point after my brother died.  One who says, 'Guys, get on your instruments, we're rehearsing now," he maintains.  "I won't do anything for more than five hours anymore because I get tired and don't trust my brain, but in that time my [solo] band can learn eight songs.  With the Brothers, we'd sit around, shoot the s***, eat a little food, smoke a doobie, talk about our families...I want to play when we get together!"

    Next Friday, August 7, Gregg will release a new two-CD/DVD set called Gregg Allman Live: Back to Macon, GA documenting a concert he and his band played in January 2014 of last year at the historic Grand Opera House in Macon, Georgia.  Among the tunes Allman performed at the show were Allman Brothers classics like "Statesboro Blues," "Melissa," "Midnight Rider," "Whipping Post" and "One Way Out," as well as his solo hit "I'm No Angel."

    Allman also is looking ahead to his next solo album, which he says he's planning to record with his band and producer Don Was this winter in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.  He tells The Wall Street Journal that he and the group currently are "sussing out tunes" for the project.

    Here are all of Allman's upcoming 2015 U.S. tour dates, according to Pollstar:

    7/31 -- Bridgeport, CT, Gathering of the Vibes - Seaside Park
    8/13 -- Scranton, PA, The Peach Music Festival
    8/18 -- Portland, ME, Maine State Pier
    8/19 -- Boston, MA, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion*
    8/21 -- Canandaigua, NY, CMAC*
    8/22 -- Gilford, NH, Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion - Meadowbrook*
    8/25 -- Alexandria, VA, Birchmere
    8/26 -- Alexandria, VA, Birchmere
    8/28 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center *
    8/29 -- Wantagh, NY, Laidback Festival - Nikon at Jones Beach Theater*
    8/30 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa*
    9/1 -- Cary, NC, Koka Booth Amphitheater*
    9/2 -- Baltimore, MD, Pier Six Pavilion*
    9/4 -- Saratoga Springs, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center*
    9/5 -- Hershey, PA, Hersheypark Stadium
    9/20 -- Telluride, CO, Telluride Blues & Brews Festival - Telluride Town Park
    9/24 -- Los Angeles, CA , Skirball Cultural Center
    10/3 -- Stateline, NV, Harrah's Lake Tahoe
    10/4 -- Sonoma, CA, Sonoma Music Festival - Field of Dreams Park
    10/6 -- Solana Beach, CA, Belly Up Tavern
    10/7 -- Solana Beach, CA, Belly Up Tavern
    10/9 -- Las Vegas, NV, Pearl Concert Theater
    10/13 -- Boulder, CO, Boulder Theater
    10/14 -- Boulder, CO, Boulder Theater
    10/18 -- St. Louis, MO, The Venue - River City Casino
    10/30 -- New Buffalo, MI, Four Winds Casino - Silver Creek Event Center

    * = with The Doobie Brothers.

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    Paul McCartney Rocks Lollapalooza

    C Flanigan/FilmMagicAlternative rockers, hip hop, and emo performers bowed down to Sir Paul McCartney on night one of Lollapalooza.

    A sea of tens of thousands of fans spread across Grant Park in front of the stage as McCartney played a more than two-hour-long set, pounding out more than 30 songs on both guitar and piano.  The songs spanned the 73-year-old's entire career from the Beatles, to Wings, to a performance of his latest hit, the Rihanna/Kanye West collaboration "Four Five Seconds".

    He briefly paused between songs to tell stories of Jimi Hendrix and playing in Soviet Russia, and dedicatated his performance of "Here Today" to former band mate John Lennon. He brought out Alabama Shakes' Brittany Howard to help him perform "Get Back".  Alabama Shakes had performed earlier in the day. Fireworks and flames lit the stage during McCartney's performance of "Live and Let Die," and fireworks also burst from the stage and into the full-mooned sky as he closed out the show promptly at 10 p.m. CT.

    The Friday headliner brought out not just the young music fans this year, but old as well.   Lollapalooza founder and Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell said it was all McCartney's idea to perform. "You don't get Paul McCartney to do anything he doesn't want to do.  This was his wish."

    Farrell said McCartney's performance during the three day concert series along the lakefront just diversifies the crowd even more.  It's a trend he's been noticing over the last few years even before McCartney was announced. 

    "We were able to accomplish something that is extremely rare, and that is we were able to span the generations, and bring everyone else together collectively.  Where else do you do that?" he noted.  "You can be standing by an 18-year-old.  You can be standing by a nine-year-old. You can be standing near a 40-year-old.  It's really special."  

    Hundreds of thousands of fans are expected for the sold out weekend showcase in Chicago's Grant Park along the lakefront.   Other headliners this weekend include Metallica and Florence and the Machine.  

    Here is McCartney's setlist:

    "Magical Mystery Tour"
    "Save Us"
    "Got to Get You Into My Life"
    "Let Me Roll It"
    "Foxy Lady"
    "My Valentine"
    "Maybe I'm Amazed"
    "I've Just Seen a Face"
    "Four Five Seconds"/"We Can Work It Out"
    "And I Love Her"
    "Here Today"
    "Queenie Eye"
    "Lady Madonna"
    "Eleanor Rigby"
    "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite"
    "Ob La Di Ob La Da"
    "Band on the Run"
    "Back in the U.S.S.R."
    "Let it Be"
    "Live and Let Die"
    "Hey Jude"
    "Hi Hi Hi"
    "Can't Buy Me Love"
    "Get Back"
    "Helter Skelter"
    "Carry That Weight"

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    Watch David Crosby, Jimmy Buffett & Others Performing Grateful Dead's "Ripple" in Support of Music Education

    Django Crosby; Julie SkarrattDavid Crosby, Jimmy Buffett and Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann are among the musicians who have contributed to a new version of the Dead song "Ripple" as part of a campaign supporting music-education programs for children around the world.  The initiative, called the #RippleEffect, is a social media art project launched jointly by The Jerry Garcia Foundation and The Playing for Change Foundation, and timed to coincide with what would have been the late Grateful Dead frontman's 73rd birthday on August 1.

    The project urges people across the globe to create a visual "ripple effect" by sharing positive messages and stories of kindness and gratitude using videos, photos and artwork and circulating them on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

    To help promote the campaign, as well as celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Grateful Dead, a video featuring clips of a variety of musicians performing "Ripple" in different locations around the world was created and can be viewed now at the Playing for Change YouTube channel.  In addition to featuring Crosby, Buffett and Kreutzmann, the video includes Los Lobos' David Hidalgo and Garcia's daughter Keelin, who is a co-founder of The Jerry Garcia Foundation.

    Select submissions to the #RippleEffect campaign will be included in a video compilation that will be released on September 19, this year's Playing for Change Day.  The special day, which was launched by the Playing for Change Foundation, features musicians performing at various events held around the world to support the organization's goal of bringing music education to underserved children.

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    Smokey Robinson to Be Saluted During Rock Hall's 2015 Music Masters Series in November

    Courtesy of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and MuseumSmokey Robinson has been chosen as the honoree for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum's 20th annual Music Masters series.  The Motown legend will be celebrated during a six-day extravaganza running from November 2 to November 7 and culminating with a star-studded tribute concert held at PlayhouseSquare's State Theater in Cleveland.

    The tribute show's lineup and more details about the event will be revealed in the coming weeks.  Robinson is confirmed to attend the concert but currently is not scheduled to sing.  Tickets will go on sale on September 18 at 11 a.m. local time at  Limited premium seats and VIP packages can be purchased by contacting the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's development office at 216-515-1201216-515-1201.

    Besides the concert, the Music Masters series event will feature interviews, movies, panel discussions and presentations about Robinson, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.  In addition, a keynote lecture will be held at Cleveland's Case Western Reserve University, which co-hosts the series.  Also, a November 7 conference examining Smokey's influence and impact on pop music will take place at the Rock Hall.

    "Smokey Robinson's accomplishments as a songwriter, performer, and producer are unparalleled.  It is particularly fitting that we honor him this year, the 20th year of Music Masters," says Rock Hall executive Dr. Lauren Onkey.  "The longstanding popularity and impact of his work shows us the power of popular music in our lives, which is what Music Masters is all about."

    More details about Robinson's Annual Music Masters series festivities will be available soon at

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    The Grateful Dead's Bob Weir and Mickey Hart Join 2015 Lockn' Festival Lineup

    Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagicFresh from The Grateful Dead's farewell concerts in Chicago of July 4th weekend, two of the band's core members -- singer/guitarist Bob Weir and drummer Mickey Hart -- have just been added to the lineup of the 2015 Lockn' Music Festival.  With founding Dead bassist Phil Lesh and drummer Bill Kreutzmann already scheduled to perform at the festival, that means all four main surviving members of the group will take part in the four-day event, scheduled for September 10-13 in Arrington, Virginia.

    Weir will serve as the "Featured Guest of the Day" on September 12, and will join various artists for onstage collaborations during that day.  Hart will give a main-stage performance with the Colorado electronic act EOTO on September 10, and will curate what is described as a "deep rhythm experience" at the Lockn' fest's forest stage on the next two nights.  The latter two performances will be multisensory late-night presentations featuring sounds, lights and vibrations.

    Meanwhile, Lesh and Kreutzmann are both scheduled perform on two separate days.  Lesh will play sets on September 11 and 12 with two separate the versions of his Phil Lesh & Friends collective: the first featuring ex-Black Crowes frontman Chris Robinson and members of the singer's current band; and the second including Carlos Santana and Warren Haynes.  Kreutzmann will play with his current side group Billy & the Kids on September 10, and will participate in a 50th anniversary tribute to the Jefferson Airplane led by founding Airplane members Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady on September 11.

    "After the magic of the 'Fare Thee Well' shows, we knew we had to figure out how to have Bobby and Mickey at Lockn'," says festival co-founder Peter Shapiro.  "All four of the guys are coming to do their own thing, but just to have them all there with us in Arrington is sure to mean a lot to our extended Grateful Dead family."

    Among the many other notable artists scheduled to perform at the 2015 Lockn' Music Festival are Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, The Doobie Brothers, Hot Tuna, Leon Russell, Dave Mason, Gov't Mule, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Little Feat, Jimmy Cliff and Widespread Panic.

    Visit to check out the full schedule and lineup.

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