In a new interview with Rolling Stone, former Allman Brothers Band guitarist Dickey Betts opened up on the legacy of the band and his current life.
Betts said he considers himself a retired musician, noting recent events like the death of his brother and back issues that took him off the stage. “It’s a little bit of burnout, a little sour grapes, a little bit like a boxer who gives it up,” Betts said. “It’s pretty tough, to tell you the truth. Everyone wishes they could be young forever.”
He later went on to add, “You don’t know the fuckin’ half of it.”
Betts ultimately declined to speak on some of the more tumultuous moments that led to his separation from the band including his relationship with Gregg Allman. “I don’t want to say anything bad about Gregg,” he said.
He did speculate that without the dysfunction in the group, they could have reached new heights following the death of Jerry Garcia. “After Jerry passed away, we were right in the position to move into that next-step thing,” he said. “But everyone was fucking my band up. Gregg wanted horns. And it was just so crazy.”
When asked about some of the stories in Allman’s book My Cross to Bear, Betts said, “The whole idea about me and Gregg not liking each other was bullshit. I liked the old fucker!”
Betts and Allman did speak several times in the weeks leading up to Allman’s death. “Gregg could only whisper, but we got things worked out,” he said. “We went through the court thing, so he thought I had it out for him. I had to let him know I didn’t.”
Betts was in attendance at Allman’s funeral.