Gregg Allman, Allman Brothers Band, 3/23/07. Photo by Josh Mintz
Gregg Allman underwent a successful liver transplant operation this morning at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL as part of his continued recovery from Hepatitis C. According to Allman’s spokesman, “the singer, keyboardist, songwriter and guitarist had been on a waiting list for the transplant and is looking forward to a speedy recovery.”
“I feel pretty good, considering everything that’s happened,” Allman said in a statement. “Everybody involved here, my doctors and nurses in the hospital and all the Allman Brothers fans, they’ve just all been great. All I can really say is ‘thanks.’”
In late 2007, Allman began a series of treatments for his Hepatitis C, but chronic damage of his liver led to doctors recommending a transplant. “I changed my ways years ago,” Allman’s statement continues, “but we can’t turn back time. Every day is a gift, and I can’t wait to get back on the road making music with my friends.”
Allman’s upcoming shows have been postponed. Though no statement has been made, it is unlikely Allman will perform with the Allman Brothers Band at Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival this Saturday.