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The Trials & Tribulations of an English Allmans fan!
Posted by: Dekkobrother on Thursday, August 01, 2002 - 09:30 PM
So here Iam, marooned! Across the dividing ocean that seperates me and my small but loyal band of brothers, fellow Allmans fans, over here in England.
Being an Allmans fan in England can be tough. For example: The Allmans NEVER gig over here (which is OK cause we can make pilgrimages over to see the Brothers). The Allmans album section in our stores is little to non-existent, a tumble weed blows through sections A to B, blank expressions being drawn from the face of the store clerk when you ask for 'American University' or ANY of the Brothers albums (which we have to order in on import), Britney Spears being the closest thing to Southern we can get! And it's impossible to get cornbread and beans in Basildon, Essex!
But the worst thing is how little respected, even how little known the band are to music fans over here. 'Jessica' was used as a theme to a series on TV about cars and when you play it everyone laughs, saying: 'That's the Top Gear theme!', 'Top Gear' being the programmes name. No respect! The lack of knowledge of what great music the Brothers made and make is frustrating and the lack of knowledge on Duane Allmans legacy is criminal, not just with music fans but the music press as well.
And as for Clapton fans, they don't even know that Duane wrote the main riff to Layla! It really shakes 'em up when you tell them!
However, there are some of us over here who sip a Jack Daniels and crank up 'Whipping Post' in honour to the Brothers and Eric himself played a tribute to Duane at the recent Jubilee Concert, where he played on 'Hey Jude' with Paul McCartney and played Duanes licks from the Wilson Pickett version, a silent tribute from Mr.Clapton to say that: 'Don't worry, some of us still know. Some of us still remember'.
But enough bitchin'! Being an Allmans fan is a way of life. Once you hear Duane's split second sigh of feedback on 'Dreams' you can never go back. Those of us over here who know will always have love for the Brothers, their music, their love, their way of life and their legend. And we'll continue to spread the word to those with closed ears until (like the great Red Dog) they hear.
Keep on down that road and eat a peach!
From R.T. Dekko, a brother across the sea.


 
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Re: The Trials & Tribulations of an English Allmans fan! (Score: 0)
by Anonymous on Aug 02, 2002 - 09:28 AM
Damn right. Living in England means you never get to hear the Allman Brothers play live and the only live video avaliable over here is Brothers of the Road which is a bit dodgy. There has to be enough fans over here to make a tour worth while.

If every Allman Brother fan from England who reads this posts a coment maybe they will come over.



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by nigelwestall on Aug 04, 2002 - 01:46 PM

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Whoops! Did I just send something? The text box just went blank so maybe I did - bit of a rookie on this internet stuff. Lets here from some more forlorn UK brothers and maybe, just maybe.................





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by rusinurbe on Aug 05, 2002 - 07:39 AM

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I have the Brothers on the raod video and all the albums that i can get hold of most of them having been Imports. I also saw the brothers in London in the early ninties 'last time they were here. Please can you release non regionalised DVDS if you are not going to tour then i can get the next best thing. we love you we need you.
I am glad I am not the only lost soul in the UK





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by horacegammet (horacegammet@hotmail.com)
on Aug 12, 2002 - 10:29 AM
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RT--bro, that really sucks. You should move to Macon, Georgia!! Great cornbread, fried chicken and the like at H&H (best in the world). OK, on the level---Macon sucks, too. I used to live there. It once was cool, but....food's still great, and you can visit Duane and Berry at Rose Hill Cemetary (if Candy's not around, Mac-10 in hand)

The Bros. don't go to the UK? Hard to imagine that they don't. On a semi-related note, the folks in Ireland don't know much about the Grateful Dead. I was wearing a Jerry Garcia t-shirt in Dublin last October, and some of the locals thought it was Mullah Omar or Osama bin-Laden emblazened across my chest. I quickly zipped the jacket shut!!

Good luck finding ABB stuff over there. Plead your "case" on the guestbook. I'm sure some helpful Allman fans can set you up w/some direly needed music. Later.

Horace Gammett
EAPFP





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by Dekkobrother (rtdekko@hotmail.com)
on Feb 15, 2003 - 08:25 AM
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Hey Horace, how you doin' brother? Cool that you lived in Macon, man, sounds like a dream to me! I'd love to eat at the H&H.
I know what you mean about The Dead, their album section is the same as The Brothers over here and when I come over to the States it just about blows my mind, all the choices!!
People over here are ignorant to good music, that includes all the major radio & TV stations, it's frustraing with a capital FRUT!!
Peace & love,
RT





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by SmAllman (Free_bird (@) go2 pl)
on Dec 03, 2003 - 03:35 PM
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yeap! here I am, in Poland.. and there are people here who would do anything to see ABB live on stage... I've been to Lynyrd concert in berlin (june) and it was incredible for me! and I want to see ABB (I hope they'd visit poland too during their european tour). WE LOVE YOU GUYS, AND WAITING FOR YOU AND YOUR MUSIC IN POLAND!!




Re: The Trials & Tribulations of an English Allmans fan! (Score: 1)
by ERMAN (kantes@kennett.net)
on Aug 06, 2002 - 04:35 AM
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God Bless You brother, the fact that you are over there spreading the word is enough for me. I have friends who just don't get it so I sort of know how you feel. Eat a peach bro!
Erman


Re: The Trials & Tribulations of an English Allmans fan! (Score: 1)
by mark_callanan on Aug 06, 2002 - 11:55 AM

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i'm in cork, ireland and having spent some time in boston, MA, became a massive ABB fan. i've got the same story; no ABB section in the record store, never any play time for ABB even on classic rock shows. i have converted many friends through hard graft but, having seen them play live at the tweeter centre it makes it all the more frustrating to know that they never play live this side of the pond. all i can do is sit back and listen to the 25 min. whipping post on the filmore east album and think about funding my next trip stateside.


Re: The Trials & Tribulations of an English Allmans fan! (Score: 1)
by garyabeels on Aug 07, 2002 - 06:49 AM

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Thank God I am not the only one who thinks like this!

I wonder if the ABB new how much us Brits love the sound of their music, that a regular excursion to these shores would be a priority.

I have found through constant pestering that the HMV store in Manchester has the best selection of ABB CD's than any other outlet I have been to.

The shear magical sound of Mountain Jam to the exqusite soulfulness of Soulshine.

Come on boys, one trip will do don't forget your brothers on the other side of the pond!

Gaz


Re: The Trials & Tribulations of an English Allmans fan! (Score: 1)
by moondancer on Aug 07, 2002 - 08:06 PM

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Thanks to hearing Layla I discovered the Allmans and was a huge fan throughout the Seventies. I lost touch for a while but am now rediscovering my musical roots after playing what seems like an ancient vinyl copy of Live at the Fillmore East. One of my finest musical memories was being at Knebworth in 1974. The band just got better and better as the night wore on.
Living in the UK I didn't even know that the band was still in existence until I discovered this website. Can anyone recommend a good starting point for catching up on the last 20 years?


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by slidejules (jules@slidejules.com)
on Aug 08, 2002 - 08:50 AM
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Agreed - I missed the ABB last time they were here in england in 91 - but then, I was only 12 so it's forgiveable I guess!

Made the trip across the pond twice, Beacon 99 and Red Rocks 01, both times awesome, but also very very expensive! So I don't think it'll be a regular thing!

I know what you mean though, this country does not know what it is missing!

Jules



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by johntymon on Sep 08, 2002 - 03:50 PM

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i saw the bros in manchester in 91- it was the most awsome concert i had seen . it is hard to get stuff over here, but ive managed through persiverance to collect hundreds of live tapes, cds,vids, and dvds, i just wish the bros would come over and blow us away once more. p.s. thanks to my us buddy who helps me get the live stuff over here!he knows who he is.




Re: The Trials & Tribulations of an English Allmans fan! (Score: 1)
by kenski on Aug 08, 2002 - 02:07 PM

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Well, I guess that makes me one of the lucky ones, or soon to be! I got into the Allmans about 15 years ago. I was sat in my mother's car, waiting for her to finish a tennis match at a local London club. Some DJ was doing a show about them and I sat there and listened, amazed at the way Duane's slide tore through the music.

Since then I've collected the albums available in the UK, both from second-hand record stores and re-issues on CD. The problem is always finding the rare and unusual over there. Half of them got lost along the way, either stolen of borrowed but never returned.

Fast forward to the future...

Through no fault of my own I find myself working in Houston, Texas and I told myself that being in the States I'd finally get to go see them, but they didn't have any dates here... until about a week ago when they announced they were playing here! Amazing. Got my tickets and raring to go.

The one thing that 'scares' me is that the band has changed so much over the years and I guess I want a 'Fillmore' experience but that I won't get it. I've never heard Derek Trucks play (live or recorded) and as for everyone saying that he's the re-incarnation of Duane I'll believe that when I see it. Now that Dicky's gone and it's Warren and Derek on lead guitar I wonder whether they'll have The Allman Brothers Band sound or whether it'll be Gov't Mule with special guest Gregg Allman.

All that having been said, I've just arrived at this site wondering what all this tape trading is about...


Re: The Trials & Tribulations of an English Allmans fan! (Score: 1)
by hotlanta59 on Aug 09, 2002 - 02:20 PM

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I hear you and feel your pain! I suppose I'm luckier than most because I did see the Nebworth gig in 70-something (The joys of being older) Bought 'Filmore' in 72 from an import record store on Leicester market and am still listening to it regularly. Missed the Georgia concert last year by a few days and won't get to the States this year. I suppose we have the beginnings of a UK appreciation society here - C'mon Gregg!!!! haul it over here!!!! You know you want to!!!!


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by mcqueen25 on Aug 12, 2002 - 03:51 PM

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I've seen the ABB twice in London once at the Rainbow in about 1980 and again at the Hammersmith Odeon in about 1985. The Odeon show was recorded by the BBC and broadcast about 6 months after the concert. Both gigs were awesome.
A trip across the pond is well overdue


Re: The Trials & Tribulations of an irish Allmans fan! (Score: 1)
by stephenc on Aug 14, 2002 - 03:26 AM

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know how you feel i,m a fan in dublin,ireland.what about a european tour guys?????have to get my abb c.ds in collectors stores.


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by crossbar (PeteCrozier@aol.com)
on Aug 22, 2002 - 05:00 PM
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Absolutly right nothing more you can say


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by fuzzynavel67 (lmoore67_2000@yahoo.com)
on Aug 25, 2002 - 02:27 PM
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Ahh, Hell come on Boys ,if it means so much for them over the pond,and I understand how it is .You might as well pack a sack and head that a way.Hell I'am in Alabama if ya need some help packin up yer gear , I'll go with you guy's, but one thing lets take a big ole boat, instead of a jet ok, ok alright Yeah!! Rock on !!


Re: The Trials & Tribulations of an English Allmans fan! (Score: 1)
by JOCK on Aug 29, 2002 - 05:36 PM

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Just logged in after too long since my last visit to the site. My heart bleeds for the frustrated "English Allmans Fan". As usual my English "cousin" forgets that there is a country called the United Kingdom which includes my own country, Scotland,Wales and Northern Ireland where I am sure there are many "Peach Heads" who would just love to have the band come over the pond to see us. So how about it guys it would make this old Scottish "Peach Head" and I am sure many others lifes worthwhile to see our heroes before we head for that great big peach in the sky!!!!


Re: The Trials & Tribulations of an English Allmans fan! (Score: 1)
by carlaz on Aug 30, 2002 - 06:16 AM

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I'm a relatively young fan, US by birth, and was lucky enough to catch some searing shows with Warren and Woody in the 90s when I was still based in the States. But having been in the UK for a number of years now -- man! I feel the pain that all ABB fans outside the US must feel. Heck, I miss that whole scene, which just doesn't exist over here. I guess its the expense of touring, and that sort of thing. Judging by recent reviews, the band is totally hot right now, and I'm not rich enough to make a holiday in the States to catch some gigs, but I sure would appreciate a European tour. I'd be sure to get to at least one of the gigs :)

Cheers,
Carl


Re: The Trials & Tribulations of an English Allmans fan! (Score: 1)
by Andrew on Sep 04, 2002 - 08:37 AM

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At last. I thought I was alone. Been listening to Duane since 1969, and the Allmans soon after. This could become a movement - get the ABB to Europe- and guys not just to England. I'm in Wales ( Got a big back garden!). Why not a package of the whole family - a Hittin the Note tour. Good to know your out there guys.



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by lfr88 (-)
on May 31, 2003 - 09:16 PM
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Andrew,
I'll assist you in any way to get ABB CDs or what not....are you near Swansea? I'm a huge Swans supporter here in the U.S.. Maybe a trade? I wish for you a tour of G.B..




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by ZekovicZoran (zzekovic@tehnol.ns.ac.yu)
on Sep 09, 2002 - 03:49 AM
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That is really imposible. ABB never be in Yugoslavia, of course (I hope will come one day), but you can buy lot of ABB CDs here. The last one I bought (Eat a Peach, I think my third copy of same CD) in one small city at Adriatic coast. I am very happy because of that there are really ABB fans from Europe.



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by Anonymous on Sep 09, 2002 - 12:26 PM
Come on, you know it makes sense to come over. I've been culturing quite a sizeable Allman fan base since I first got into them when I was 16. I'm sure there's enough of us now to treat y'all to great reception. Just make sure you play somewhere that isn't seated - Saw Dr John at the Hammersmith Apollo a couple of weeks ago, and nobody could stand and groove. Killed the atmosphere a bit. SO COME ON YOU ENGLISH, LET'S MAKE SOME NOISE AND SEE IF WE CAN'T CONVINCE THEM TO VISIT OUR SHORES SOON!!!





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by JOCK on Sep 09, 2002 - 06:56 PM

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Once again find myself having to comment that its not only our English friends who would love to see and hear our transatlantic heroes on this side of the pond but the rest of the country made up of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland would more than welcome the guys to these shores again! So come on all you lucky U.S. ABB fans how about sharing them for a little while over on this side of the water!!!




Re: The Trials & Tribulations of an English Allmans fan! (Score: 1)
by Tomd on Sep 10, 2002 - 07:12 AM

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Damn right!! I'll take this opportunity to invite the brothers to Cardiff, Wales... the show would sell out any of our major venues within minutes. There really is a massive fan base here and I hope they make it here one day, I'll even put them up for the night if they are stuck for somewhere to stay... Hope to see you soon, the weather's not too good but the welcome will be as warm as anywhere!!


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by TonyB (tonybarnes20@netscape.net)
on Sep 14, 2002 - 05:52 PM
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I got in to the Allmans about 1973 when a guy I was working with kept going on about them.
I borrowed some albums and the Boz Scaggs album - for "Loan me a dime". - I was blown away- it is criminal that Duane's legacy is only known by a few die hard fans in the UK.
In my opinion he was far better than Clapton or Hendrix.
I agree with others that it is almost impossible to get any new music of the Allmans in the UK and that you have to order via the web.
Recently tried to get some music by the Marshall Tucker Band - I think they thought I was from another planet!!
Anyone, hope that one day you can make it to the UK for at least one gig, with as many of the original band members as possible (well I can dream!!)
Keep on rockin'




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by JOCK on Sep 14, 2002 - 07:34 PM

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Just about the same time I discovered the ABBS TonyB. How the hell can we get the guys over here to answer all us Brit. ABBS fans dreams ( if you"ll pardon the alliteration)




Re: The Trials & Tribulations of an English Allmans fan! (Score: 1)
by Dekkobrother (rtdekko@hotmail.com)
on Jan 25, 2003 - 03:43 PM
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Wow! I'm really glad I wrote that now! Glad to see all you brothers & sisters out there are hollerin' out to the Brothers.
I'd love the Allmans to come over here and anywhere they're wanted man, I was writing from personal experience so I couldn't write about Scotland, Wales & Ireland as I've never been there but if the Brothers do visit they'll meet good people in all ports of call!
And for anyone who is worried about the current line-up, DON't, they rock! Derek is great, no-one will be the new Duane in my heart but he sure is a fine player and only 20 years old! I'm 23 and damn jealous!! Plus Warren is great, too. A friend of mine met him backstage at a Mule show and saw him demolish a Hershey bar in two bites! Give him respect!
As for my pilgrimages, I'm going over to Memphis in March and I'm gona buy a Dickey Betts Goldtop & would love to travel up to catch the Beacon shows.
Peace & love,
RT (Dekkobrother)


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by AndrewDow on May 18, 2003 - 12:38 PM

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Oh, Gawd, here I am reading this in 2003. - Another line - up change, another fine album to show that they still kick, groove and make fine music, that they can keep going for as long as they keep loving what they do, but..................yet another year without any news of ABB checking out life across The Pond.

I'm afraid I've never seen them live, but have loved them since a guy at school made me up a compilation tape from "Filmore" and other stuff in about 1976/7. - Heard so little of them that reading "Midnight Riders" recently has been an amazing revelation, especially as I had read the Mojo "Drugs" edition just before to find them talkng about an "ex-Dickey" line up. - Personally, I think that "Hittin' The Note" is lacking something, when compared to WITAB, or SOTW, but they've always been a different proposition in concert, and this could be this line-up's Seven Turns. It's still shed loads better than anything else the radio's played all thsi year.

Please, Mr Greg, why not ride in on Concorde while it's still flying, and surprise yourself by how quiclky you sell out a tour here?



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by lfr88 (-)
on May 31, 2003 - 11:26 AM
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Dekkobrother, I feel your pain and sincerely. I was in London last summer, Stayed at the Royal Holloway Universtiy about 20 k north of there. Spent my evenings in a pub 'the Happy Man ' off of campus. Brought 4-5 ABB CDs and begged them to let me play them if not for the Brits, then at least for the 10-12 Americans that doubled the population inside. But alas, the computer generated rhythm music prevaled and ABB went home with us in the luggage. The bar tender was 'good for it' but the owner said 'not while guests are here.'

I feel your brotherly pain! We were there for a football tournament, your kind of football of course!


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by bobaloo (bobbybrockatdirecway.com)
on Nov 24, 2005 - 09:56 PM
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Well that just confirms what I already new. I wouldn't want to live over there. No Allman Brothers? What a ***** bummer.


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by joebeacon (you wont get my details dot com)
on May 22, 2006 - 09:22 AM
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I hear you im over here in ireland so its even worse. if you see this before wed let me know and we'll meet up in london for a J.D. before derek trucks


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by bobaloo (bobbybrockatdirecway.com)
on Jun 14, 2006 - 11:49 PM
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Damn man, that is a ***** bummer. Come on over here and I'll take you to a concert, or three. I'm glad I don't live over there, I couldn't stand it.



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