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Allmans Bros. Set Another New York Residency

Iconic blues-rock act the Allman Brothers Band will again return to New York's Beacon Theatre for what has become a nearly annual residency. The group's March 18 show will be the first of eight schedu

Iconic blues-rock act the Allman Brothers Band will again return to New York's Beacon Theatre for what has become a nearly annual residency. The group's March 18 show will be the first of eight scheduled at the venue, where the Allmans have grossed some $16.8 million through 124 shows and 360,000 tickets sold since 1989, according to band manager Bert Holman.

The 2003 stand comes as the enduring Southern rock act marks its 35th year anniversary. The full list of performance dates is March 18-20, 22-23 and 25-27.

While the Allmans have frequented the uptown New York venue for some 14 years, the band has not played the Beacon every year since 1989. A few years were skipped and in 1995, the band switched to Radio City Music Hall for a six-night stand. The group returned to the Beacon the following year.

Since 1996, the Allmans have played between nine and 18 shows at the Beacon each year. Save for 1994, each gig was in March. In order to give frontman Gregg Allman's voice a rest, the group usually does no more than three shows without a night off.

Over the years, ABB fans from around the globe have flocked to the Beacon gigs. The band's residency has become attractive to fans not only because it is held in New York, but also due to the fact that it's during these shows when the band feels free to stretch out and deliver sets that are not as focused on its most well-known material.

"The audience definitely is with you," says Holman. "You can feel them following you and understanding the music, versus a place that you play once every five years. For those shows, you have to give them a bit more of a hit-formulated set. Iowa's not a place to do an hour-long version of 'Mountain Jam.'"

Twice the band has documented the fan/band connection that occurs at the Beacon. In 2000, Epic issued the live disc "Peakin' at the Beacon" and in September the group delivered its "Live at the Beacon Theatre" DVD via Peach/Sanctuary. The latter was culled from two of last year's 13 nights at the venue.

Slated for a March release in time for the 2004 Beacon stay is a two-disc live set also taken from last year's residency. The album includes 15 songs also on the DVD, including "Trouble No More," "Wasted Words" and "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl."

Recently nominated for the best rock instrumental Grammy for "Instrumental Illness" (from the recently released Peach/Sanctuary set "Hittin the Note," the band's first studio effort in almost a decade), the group will get its New York stay underway March 16 with a performance on NBC's "Late Night With Conan O'Brien."