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Gregg Allman Cancels Tour Dates on Doctor's Orders
A lingering upper respiratory condition that cut short a European tour has forced Gregg Allman off the road. On doctor's orders, the legendary artist will cancel his concert dates scheduled between Aug. 26 through Sept. 15.
According to a rep's statement, Allman's treatment will involve several days of hospitalization in addition to 4-6 weeks of home rest. The Allman Brothers Band icon is expected back on the road in late fall to continue promoting his album, "Low Country Blues."
A European tour came to a halt in June when Allman experienced similar breathing issues. Doctors felt he would be recovered by now, but the issues have persisted. He continues to recover from a liver transplant in 2010. On July 27 he hosted a benefit at NYC's Beacon Theatre that raised over a quarter million dollars for the American Liver Foundation and the National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable.
Allman's last show for a while was at the AmeriServ Flood City Music Festival in Johnstown, Pa. on Saturday (Aug. 6). Festival marketing manager Shelley Johansson told the Tribune-Democrat that it was a great performance.
"It just makes me more grateful that he was here and put on such a wonderful performance," she said.
Several reports on Allman's health have mistakenly stated that a Maryland-based jam band called The Bridge was the icon's backing band. Not true, a rep for Allman tells Billboard.com. Upon close inspection, the Tribune-Democrat tagged an unrelated news item about The Bridge breaking up at the end of the year to the bottom of the Allman story, and national outlets accidentally tied the group to the guitarist.