Widespread Panic, Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks, Dr. John, Jackson Browne, Zac Brown, Vince Gill, Eric Church, Sam Moore, Taj Mahal, The Allman Brothers Band and many more teamed up for “All My Friends: Celebrating the Songs & Voice of Gregg Allman” at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta last night. The rotating cast of musicians was backed by a house band that was led by Don Was, who was also one of the show’s musical directors and who is slated to produce Allman’s next solo album. In addition to Was, the house band also included former Allman Brothers Band keyboardist Chuck Leavell, late ’90s ABB guitarist Jack Pearson, John Mellencamp/ John Fogerty drummer Kenny Aronoff, Wallflowers/Foo Fighters keyboardist Rami Jaffee, a horn section and background singers.
The night kicked off with a rendition of “Come & Go Blues” from (co-musical director) Haynes, who was then joined by Trucks for “End of the Line.” Haynes then exited as Trucks and his wife Susan Tedeschi continued with “Stand Back.” The next artists to take the stage were Devon Allman, Jimmy Hall and Robert Randolph, who did a take on “Can’t Lose What You Never Had.” The trio were followed by legendary soul man Sam Moore, who took the stage for “Please Call Home.” (Allman Brothers Band drummer Jaimoe got his start as a member of Moore’s old duo Sam and Dave’s backing band).
The night kept going with songs from Keb’ Mo’ (“Just Another Rider”), Brantley Gilbert (“Just Before the Bullets Fly”), Dr. John (“Let This Be a Lesson”), Pat Monahan (“Queen of Hearts”) and John Hiatt (“One Way Out”) before Allman finally appeared with Taj Mahal for “Statesboro Blues.” Widespread Panic—whose current guitarist, Jimmy Herring, was once a member of ABB—were next up with a take on “Just Ain’t Easy” and a version of “Wasted Words” that featured Derek Trucks. Trace Adkins then came out for “I’m No Angel” and “Trouble No More,” before being followed by Vince Gill (“Multi-Colored Lady,”) and Martina McBride (“All My Friends” and “Can You Fool,” a song Allman recorded for his out of print Two the Hard Way album with then-wife Cher, with Pat Monahan). Adkins described his segment from the stage as, “This is the coolest thing I’ve ever done in my career!”
Eric Church came next with “Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More” and “Win, Lose or Draw.” Allman then returned with old roommate Jackson Browne for “These Days” and “Melissa” before Browne left the stage and Zac Brown and Vince Gill join him for “Dreams.” The full Allman Brothers Band finally made their appearance for the night’s third and second-to-last songs—“Dreams” and “Whipping Post.” The show then wrapped up as the night’s full cast of musicians performed “Will The Circle Be Unbroken”—a traditional that appears on Allman’s 1974 live album The Gregg Allman Tour.
Atlanta City Councilmember Kwanza Hall also honored Allman during a brief set break. In related news, guitarists Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks recently revealed that they will be leaving The Allman Brothers Band after 2014. The band have also confirmed a 10-night run at New York City’s Beacon Theatre in March.
Here’s a look at last night’s setlist
Friday, January 10, 2013, All My Friends: Celebrating The Songs & voice of Gregg Allman, Fox Theater, Atlanta, GA
“Come & Go Blues” (Warren Haynes)
“End of the Line” (Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks)
“Stand Back” (Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks)
“Can’t Lose What You Never Had” (Devon Allman, Jimmy Hall and Robert Randolph)
“Please Call Home” (Sam Moore)
“Just Another Rider” (Keb’ Mo’)
“Just Before the Bullets Fly” (Brantley Gilbert)
“Let This Be a Lesson To Ya” (Dr. John)
“Queen of Hearts” (Pat Monahan)
“One Way Out” (John Hiatt)
“Statesboro Blues” (Taj Mahal and Gregg Allman)
“Just Ain’t Easy” (Widespread Panic)
“Wasted Words” (Widespread Panic and Derek Trucks)
“I’m No Angel” (Trace Adkins)
“Trouble No More” (Trace Adkins)
“Multi-Colored Lady” (Vince Gill)
“All My Friends” (Martina McBride)
“Can You Fool” (Pat Monahan) and (Martina McBride)
“Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More” (Eric Church)
“Win, Lose or Draw” (Eric Church)
“These Days” (Jackson Browne and Gregg Allman)
“Melissa” (Jackson Browne and Gregg Allman)
“Midnight Rider” (Vince Gill, Zac Brown and Gregg Allman)
“Dreams” (The Allman Brothers Band)
“Whipping Post” (The Allman Brothers Band)
“Will the Circle Be Unbroken” (Full cast)