The question now is whether or not these will be the Allmans' final shows ever. The announcement for the October dates does call them the group's "final concerts," and not just for this lineup, and that seemed to be the case when Haynes and Trucks first announced their departures. But since then Gregg Allman and fellow co-founders Butch Trucks (Derek's uncle) and Jaimoe have equivocated, and Derek Trucks says he himself is not entirely sure about what's in the offing after he and Haynes are gone.
"Originally the idea was, 'Well, let's go out strong and we'll end it together at 45," Trucks said. "That's kind of the why I've been hanging around the last two or three years. That's been the idea for some time. I know that now that date's approaching and it's becoming a realty for the other guys in the band, I don't know if that's exactly how it's gonna go down. Who knows; I don't think anyone knows exactly what's gonna happen. I would never count that band out."
Meanwhile, Trucks -- who's working on a third studio album and getting ready to tour with the Tedeschi Trucks band he leads with is wife Susan Tedeschi -- said neither he nor Haynes are having second thoughts about the end of their time with the Allmans.
"It's been such a ride and it's obviously an honor and life-changing to have been in the band for 15 years now," he said. "I think I maybe hung around longer than I wanted to. I've been personally ready to make a move for five, six years. But in saying that, every time you hit the stage and you hear those tunes and you feel that energy, you're transported to where you need to be. It's family and there's family loyalty, and there's loyalty to the band. I just wanted to do everything in my power to try to have the history of the band end correctly."
Before the Beacon run, the Allmans will perform June 8 at the Mountain Jam festival in Hunter Mountain, N.Y., and Sept. 7 at the Lockn' Music Fest Sept. 7 in Arrington, Va. as well as hosting its third Peach Fest Aug. 14-17 in Scranton, Pa.
June 8 -- Hunter Mountain, NY (Mountain Jam)
Aug. 14-17 -- Scranton, PA (Peach Fest)
Sept. 7 -- Arrington, VA (Lockn' Music Fest)
Oct. 21 -- NYC (Beacon Theatre - tickets for March 25 honored)
Oct. 22 -- NYC (Beacon Theatre - tickets for March 26 honored)
Oct. 24 -- NYC (Beacon Theatre - tickets for March 28 honored)
Oct. 25 -- NYC (Beacon Theatre - tickets for March 29 honored)
Oct. 27 -- NYC (Beacon Theatre)
Oct. 28 -- NYC (Beacon Theatre)