Allman Brothers Rock the Beacon

The Allman Brothers Band’s return to New York’s Beacon Theatre came to a triumphant end on Sunday, the result is 15 shows, over 100 songs played, and a guest list that rivals that of The Last Waltz. The run is already being called the band’s best in their 20-year history of playing the historic landmark.

From Buddy Guy and Trey Anastasio to Levon Helm and Taj Mahal the Allmans pulled together a great list of rock legends to help celebrate their 40th anniversary.

March 13th, featured actor Bruce Willis on harmonica before appearances from the Asbury Juke Horns and Boz Scaggs. Pedal steel master Robert Randolph and jazz drumming legend Lenny White stopped by on the 14th, John Hammond and Bonnie Bramlett took their turn on the 16th, and Sheryl Crow jammed with the brothers on the 17th.

The 19th and 20th brought the  Allmans together with Eric Clapton to tackle blues standards including “Layla.” Next up were Bruce Hornsby, who added keyboards on the 21st, and Jimmy Herring and John Bell of Widespread Panic on the 23rd. The 24th brought some humor, as the band emerged for their second set as “the Allman Brotherzz Band” with chest-length fake beards to match special guest Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top.

March 26th brought no visitors, but marked the official 40th anniversary of the band, who celebrated the occasion by performing their first two albums, in their entirety. The 27th featured Kid Rock with a beautiful rendition of “Freebird” before Phil Lesh and Bob Weir of the Dead,  took the stage on Saturday to help bring down the house.

If you missed any of the shows, check out some of these great videos from the run.

“I Know You Rider (with Trey Anastasio and Page McConnell),” March 12, 2009

“Can’t Find My Way Home (with Sheryl Crow),” March 17, 2009

“Jesus Just Left Chicago (with Billy Gibbons),” March 24, 2009

“Freebird,” March 27, 2009

“Sugaree (with Phil Lesh and Bob Weir),” March 28, 2009

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One Response to “Allman Brothers Rock the Beacon”

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