By Brian Ives
The Allman Brothers Band just announced the dates for their 2014 residency at New York’s Beacon Theatre, referred to as “March Madness” by their fans. So far, ten concerts have been announced, kicking off March 7. The band has played the venue more than 220 times since starting their annual residency at the venue in 1989.
One of their earliest runs of shows at the Beacon will be the focus of the upcoming Play All Night: Live At The Beacon Theatre 1992, a 2 CD set. Another archival Allmans release will be a reissue of the long out of print Live At Great Woods on DVD, filmed in 1991. The video, long requested by fans, won’t include interviews edited into the main feature, as they were in the original version of the release.
Finally, the band will reach into the vaults for Boston Common 8/17/71, recorded ten weeks before the death of original guitarist Duane Allman.
But what about new music from the Allmans? Guitarist/singer Warren Haynes told Radio.com that “I think we’re a little closer than we were. There’s a few new songs floating around. It’s a matter of getting everyone psyched to do it and finding the time to do it because the Allman Brothers only work a small part of the year, and I know in all of our minds, it would have to be better than [their last album, 2003’s] Hittin’ The Note for us to want to do it. That was a nice watermark for us, so whatever the final record’s gonna be should be something as good, or better.”
For now, fans will have to be content with seeing the band live and picking up their archival live albums. Their new releases will be out on February 18. The initial Allman Brothers Beacon Theatre dates are March 7-8, 11-12, 14-15, 18-19 and 21-22.