Haynes Promises Surprises At Allmans' NYC Run

The Allman Brothers Band returns to New York's Beacon Theatre this week for its annual residency, a stand which guitarist/vocalist Warren Haynes promises will be full of special guests and plenty of "

The Allman Brothers Band returns to New York's Beacon Theatre this week for its annual residency, a stand which guitarist/vocalist Warren Haynes promises will be full of special guests and plenty of "fresh energy."

"We're gonna throw out some songs we haven't played in a while. There's some new covers that have surfaced, some new arrangements of old songs, and some new kind of jam motifs that we stuck as windows into preexisting songs that are gonna open themselves to go wherever we want them to go," he tells Billboard.com.

Fans should expect a litany of diverse guests, ranging from obscure yet top-shelf players to multi-platinum-selling rockers. Haynes notes that one of those guests will help Haynes celebrate his birthday on the night of April 6.

Meanwhile, Haynes and his manager/wife, Stefani Scamardo, have relaunched their Evil Teen Records label with "The Benefit Concert Volume 2," the first in a series of live recordings captured at the annual Christmas Jam, a guest-filled gig in his hometown of Asheville, N.C.

"For us, it's an opportunity to put out some catalog music and some new music that is very close to our hearts," says Haynes, who will on March 28 host a guest-filled concert at New York's Irving Plaza to celebrate the relaunch.

In addition to live Gov't Mule releases and combination CD/DVD versions of the more recent Christmas Jams, Evil Teen plans to release a live recording of One for Woody, the tribute concert for Allen Woody, the former Allman Brothers and Gov't Mule bassist who died in 2000.

Organized just days after his death, and benefiting his daughter, One for Woody featured the Allman Brothers Band, Gov't Mule (with Widespread Panic bassist Dave Schools filling in for Woody), the Black Crowes, Phil Lesh & Friends, Kevn Kinney, Little Milton and others.

"I haven't even listened to any of those tapes since then, so I'm excited to dig into 'em," says Haynes. "There was so much great music that night -- it's gonna be hard to choose the highlights."