Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Doobie Brothers, Gregg Allman Announce Summer Tour

Even though The Allman Brothers Band called it a career back in October, Gregg Allman hasn't slowed down in 2015. He recently started a lengthy Spring Tour and has extended his touring schedule into the summer with the addition of many dates including seven co-headlining appearances with fellow rock legends The Doobie Brothers.

Gregg Allman's solo band - which features guitarist Scott Sharrard, Peter Levin on keys, drummer Steve Potts, percussionist Marc Quinones, Ron Johnson on bass and horn players Jay Collins, Art Edmaiston and Marc Franklin - will team with The Doobie Brothers for six shows at amphitheaters and a date at an Atlantic City casino. The newly-announced dates with The Doobies includes visits to Blue Hills Bank Pavilion in Boston; CMAC in Canandaigua, New York; Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook in Gilford, New Hampshire; PNC Bank Center in Holmdel, New Jersey; Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City; Koka Booth Amphitheater in Cary, North Carolina and SPAC in Saratoga Springs, New York.

"We’ve played shows with Gregg and The Allman Brothers over the years, starting in 1974," The Doobie Brothers’ Tom Johnston recalled in a press release. "It’s always been something I’ve looked forward to and enjoyed for the high energy and soulful experience that it is!"

Patrick Simmons agreed, “Gregg Allman is a national treasure, and it’s such a pleasure to be doing shows with one of our oldest friends. Not only is Gregg one of the finest musicians you could ever hope to hear, he is also one of the nicest people I know. His music, as well as ours, was born out of that great blues tradition, so I think this show is going to be a treat for you blues freaks! We’re so looking forward to these gigs, and I know there’s bound to be some jammin’ going on at some point.”

“I’ve loved The Doobie Brothers since I can remember,” said Gregg Allman. “Those guys can play! And I love their songs"

Tickets for the Gregg Allman/Doobie Brothers shows go on sale this Friday, March 20 at 10 a.m. ET. at all the usual outlets.

Check out recent VintageRock.com interviews with the Doobie Brothers and Gregg Allman below.