i'm too young to have seen skydog live, but i'd love to hear any stories anyone has about seeing the original allmans...
never saw him live but he's probably the best slide player i've ever heard
Had the chance to hear the original Allman Brothers Band live half a dozen times (fall 1970-Sept. 1971). Got to meet them all and hang out with them one afternoon in June 1971: an outdoor show at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY. Great band; interesting bunch of guys. Duane was clearly the leader. Very bright guy, totally self educated but knowledgeable about many things. As was Berry Oakley. IMHO, most recitations of the band's history tend to neglect Berry's musical and leadership contributions. In a certain sense, he was the "Phil" to Duane's "Jerry", the main difference being that Duane Allman, unlike Jerry Garcia, was not at all afraid to lead. It's fascinating to wonder how the band would have continued to grow and evolve had those two not perished so tragically, and at such a young age.
you're one lucky guy Bill. Thanks for sharing.... and how was dickey betts back then? I've often wondered about his relationship to the band back then.
Saw the original ABB twice--at fillmore west in Jan 1970 as an opener for BB King & Buddy Guy--wow
2nd time in 71 about 3 weeks before Duane died--closing their west coast swing at Winterland--a powerhouse performance---they were on top of the rock world by that time. Great show.
saw the abb on 12/26/69 fillmore for the first of a few times, blown away by duane, however abb was not so apolitly asked to leave the stage by the crowd, who were there to see bs &t, not one of uncle bill's better billings
When I first saw the Allman Brothers Band, Dickey Betts was already fully developed as a brilliant guitarist and composer but not at all as a stage presence or personality. He seemed reticent, both onstage and off, and very much deferred to Duane and Berry. As, I might add, did Gregg. There seemed to be a much clear sense of hierarchy around the ABB. Not imposed, just natural.
Video of Duane,there's 7 parts.
Footage from The Love Festival Festival, 7-17-70
Also stuff from Fillmore East - 09/23/1970
look at other SlowhandFender videos for more from that show.
Good site,you can check out stuff Duane did in the studio, (look at released tracks,unreleased tracks and unconfirmed tracks);
Caught Duane once friends had seen them open for Johnny winter blew me away show was at manhattan ballroom
Loved his jamming with the Dead on 4/26.71...
Grateful Dead w/ Duane Allman - It Hurts Me Too
thanks for the link chris - pretty damn good...