Photo by Jeffrey Dupuis
With the opening notes of “Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’,” the Allman Brothers Band opened their 2010 New York City run last night. This year the group has moved uptown from the familiar climes of the Beacon Theatre to the United Palace (as the Beacon had been set to host Cirque du Soleil’s Banana Shpeel, although the opening of that show has since been delayed from February 4 to February 25 to March 17 and now to April 29). No guests joined the ABB last night, which opted to command the stage by itself to mark its first appearance in the new venue.
The show featured a few songs of note. The first set closed with the instrumental “Kind of Bird,” a Warren Haynes/Dickey Betts instrumental tribute to Charlie Parker that first appeared on Shades of Two Worlds which the group has not performed since 1992 (although it has found its way onto Gov’t Mule setlists as of late). In addition, early in the second set, Haynes sang lead on “Ain’t No Love in the Heart of the City” a song written by Michael Price and Dan Walsh and first popularized by Bobby “Blue” Bland (although Whitesnake later recorded it as well).
The Brothers return to the United Palace tonight for the second of their eight dates.