After suffering what is being called a “mild stroke,” Allman Brothers co-founder Dickey Betts has cancelled three upcoming performances.
Betts will no longer be appearing at the Great New York State Fair in Syracuse, NY on Aug. 28, the Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford, CT on Aug. 30, or the Casino Ballroom in Hampton Beach, NH, on Aug. 31.
A statement released on Betts’ Facebook page stresses that the guitarist will recover from his illness with enough rest. Following the stroke, Betts was “strongly advised to give himself more time to recuperate” and it reads that “after three to five weeks he will be 100 percent.”
“Dickey really regrets that he can’t be there for his fans,” manager David Spero added, “but he has to take care of his health first.”
Read the full statement and view Betts’ updated touring schedule below:
Citing health concerns, Dickey Betts has been forced to postpone the next three dates that he was scheduled to perform on August 28 at the Great New York State Fair in Syracuse, NY; August 30 at the Toyota Oakdale Theater in Wallingford, CT; and August 31 at the Casino Ballroom in Hampton Beach, NH.
Betts, a Grammy-winning guitarist, singer and songwriter, and a founding member of the Allman Brothers Band, had recently experienced what his doctors called a “mild stroke.” Yesterday, after describing to his physicians certain post-stroke repercussions, he was strongly advised to give himself more time to recuperate. Doctors have assured Betts that after three to five weeks he will be 100 percent recovered and can resume his touring schedule.
“Dickey really regrets that he can’t be there for his fans,” says his manager David Spero, “but he has to take care of his health first.” Betts is hoping to work with promoters to reschedule the dates in Wallingford, CT, and in Hampton Beach, NH. His tour is expected to resume November 1 at the Bell Auditorium in Augusta, GA.
Joining Betts in the current lineup of his band are his son Duane Betts on guitar, bassist Pedro Arevalo, drummers Frankie Lombardi and Steve Camilleri as well as guitarist Damon Fowler and keyboardist Mike Kach.
Dickey Betts Tour Dates
Nov. 1 – Bell Auditorium – Augusta, GA
Nov. 3 – Pompano Beach Amphitheater – Pompano Beach, FL
Nov. 5 – Ruth Eckerd Hall – Clearwater, FL
Jan. 6 – Southern Rock Cruise – Tampa Bay, FL