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Thanks, Lana!! (Score: 1)
by Ellen (ellen@zohar.net)
on Jan 06, 2002 - 02:15 PM
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Thanks, Lana, for continuing to include Dickey's information on this website. It would be very sad if you removed him; to me, he'll always be an integral part of the ABB experience. Just wondered if you ever considered creating a website for him specifically {yes, like you have the time for that, right?! ;o)}

Anyway, I'm sure looking forward to hearing the new acoustic album he talked about in his phone conversation with you. Sounds wonderful!! I hope there will be some acoustic blues on it as well as the stuff he talked about.

Thanks again,
Ellen


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by chrisp on Jan 09, 2002 - 07:54 PM

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I just wanted to express how great it was to hear the Dickey Betts Band in 2001 in Denver. The band is really tight. I love that even though there was a falling out with the rest of the band he's still spreading the sound with his new band. If anyone has not had a chance to hear his new band if they come anywhere near where you live it is well worth hearing the band. Great job Dickey.


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by DREW77 on Jan 19, 2002 - 02:48 PM

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It was great to here Dickey in the Burgh 2001. After the show he signed autographs and talked with the fans for almost 2hrs. He mentioned an accoustic tour with Willie Nelson.

Although the Allmans sounded great this summer they were missing something. Could it have been Dickey? I miss his intensity and his ability to enthuse and create a "honky tonken" type of atmosphere. The Allmans just aren't the Allmans without him.



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by KEVENFINKLE on Feb 08, 2002 - 08:23 AM

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Every true fan will always miss Dickey. I saw him with his band last Fall and he looked and sounded great. But let's face it. After all the Brothers have been through over the years, things must have gotten real bad to give him the boot. I'll see you at The Beacon enjoying the great music being played by "The Allman Brothers Band" Dickey or no Dickey.





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by jonathan-blankenship on Feb 20, 2002 - 09:24 PM

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YEAH! if dickey cannot be apart they ought to get CHER to be lead on guitar and sing all the lead.





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by skyponydogboy (skyponydogboy@yahoo.com)
on Feb 17, 2003 - 03:16 PM
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Dickey continues to soar and wail with Great Southern. They are "hittin' the note" everywhere they play. See this band if you want some of the old fire.





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by wbr42 on Apr 17, 2005 - 11:48 AM

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I agree that the band is not that same with Dickey Betts no longer in it. Although when I attended the show on 9-24-04 at the Fox Theatre I thought it was BAD ASS that the band broke out and started playing Blue Sky!...It sent chills down my spine to hear them play it without Dickey. I have to admit Derek Trucks is still holding it down for the place of Dickey.

abb freak




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by es336td (es336td@earthlink.net)
on Mar 11, 2002 - 05:37 PM
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Duane and Dickey have been my heros for quite a long time. My oldest daughter was born in 1974... her name is Jessica Elizabeth... I only wish I could get a chance to play with Dickey before we both die! Thanx for the music bro.




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by Da_funk32 on Aug 14, 2002 - 09:42 PM

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I hear ya man. Three of my four daughters are named Melissa, Jessica, and Elizabeth. Great songs....great names!!




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by kavoNekiM (smellymoe@hotmail.com)
on Mar 26, 2002 - 04:22 PM
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As a hardcore ABB fan, I can honestly say that the Brothers will NEVER be the same. The new lineup may sound fantastic, but without Dickey, the Allman vibe just isn't there. I may catch a show or two this tour, but it will be with considerably less enthusiasm. It is a shame that the band cannot reconcile their differences. I feel that it is wrong for the remaining band to play his songs (how could they avoid it though? He wrote so many) or to call themselves the Allman Brothers for that matter. I still have hope that Dickey will return. Until then, I will continue to be a bitchy, disgruntled, and reluctant fan.



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by Philipmize on Apr 01, 2004 - 12:45 PM

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Yes Mr. Betts is one great guitar player song writer, and has put great bands together in the past. To me I think he has a killer band . AS for the Allman Brothers, well I think they they sound better than I have heard them sound in quiet a few years. I think D trucks. Mr Haynes well each member are close to the best if not the best in the business today. As for doing his songs, well man take the Marshall Tucker Band, Toy Cladwell wrote all there songs but 2 maybe 3. I hope Dickey Betts will return again someday without any one else having to leave.





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by Bluesky45 on Jan 14, 2005 - 05:57 PM

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I 've seen Dickey's new band many times in the last cpla years and have enjoyed the hell out of it. Only thing that would make me happier would be to see a happy and healthy Betts re-join the ABB so i don't have to see them on seperate occasions . When they share the same musical stage , the whole is greater than the sum of the parts . Magic .





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by WarrenMcCae on May 02, 2005 - 08:38 PM

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I agree 100% it will never be the same without Dickey.Dickey and Warren smoke together although Derek is a great player but the Allmans already has a great slide player that being Mr. Warren Haynes they do not need 2 slide players.I hope Dickey will come back also.





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by danolectric (danolectric@hittintheweb.com)
on Jul 27, 2005 - 10:42 PM
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Thats a shame, Your missing a lot of Joy. Twice as much music to love. Dickey was slowing em down, too country in his later years. He seems revived as do the ABB now.And Gregg being THE ALLMAN how could they call themselves anything else.





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by manoldsea51 on Feb 25, 2008 - 07:26 AM

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I gotta agree with you, I'm just wondering what's driving this disagreement ?




Re: Dickey Betts Comments (Score: 1)
by spikey on Apr 19, 2002 - 07:27 PM

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The ALLMAN BROTHERS ARE STILL GREAT MUSICIANS,BUT WITH OUT DICKIE BETTS,THEY
ARE NOT THE SAME,AND SKYDOG IS PROBRLY ROLLING OVER IN HIS GRAVE OVER THE WHOLE THING,DICKIE AND GREGG,OR THE SAME AS JAEGAR,AND RICHARDS,LENNON AND MCARTNEY,
BRING BACK DICKIE BETTS,I ALSO NAMED MY DAUGHTER AFTER MY FAVORITE TUNE JESSICA



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by bluesdaddy57 on May 22, 2002 - 10:01 PM

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I HAVE BEEN A ABB SENSE 1971.I NEVER SAW THE ORIGINAL LINE UP BUT I HAVE SEEN JUST ABOUT EVERY LINE UP SENSE.I SAW THE ABB TWICE WITH DERIK AND WARREN.THE MUSIC WAS FANTASIC BUT WITHOUT DICKEY SOME OF THE MAGIC WAS GONE.I HOPE THE ORIGINAL 3 CAN COME TO TERMS AND DICKEY CAN TAKE HIS RIGHTFULL PLACE WITH THE BAND.BUT UNTIL THEN I WILL CONTINUE TO LISTEN TO THE GREAT PLAYING OF DERIK AND WARREN BUT MISS DICKEY





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by choo_choo_mammax on Jun 07, 2002 - 05:12 AM

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..actually what were the main reasons that DB left, do u know?...tks..





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by Anonymous on Jun 10, 2002 - 01:31 AM
From what I have gathered (but not sure of the truth), it had something to do with a drinking problem. But then who knows? There's probably a lot more to it. Total shame, one of my guitar heroes (Duane too!) since 1969 when I saw them as the original band.





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by fuzzynavel67 (lmoore67_2000@yahoo.com)
on May 11, 2009 - 02:30 AM
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I hear all this magic ***** about D. Betts not in the band anymore. I haVE SEEN HIM SOLO about 3 times since 2000.HE WAS GREAT, and put on mighty fine shows, and in some nice small clubs were you could enjoy the thing. Now I must state the truth just from my view. I saw the boys in Nawlins at Jazzfest in 2000, Dickey was dragging a bit the whole show. I then flew back to Atlanta for midtown music fest. This was Dickeys last show with the brothers thus far. I recorded the show, they came on after Kenny Wayne Sheppard, I got just a little bit electric on our koolaid and had a fine time. I was knocked cold damn hard about two days later when I heard the news about, Betts being fired, I was pissed, but then I heard everybody out, and what sealed the deal for me was when I played back the tapes I had recorded at his last show. He was off bad. I almost cried when I heard the version of End of The Line, when it came time for the solo of Dickeys, he was in the wrong key, like I said shrooms in the head, but the shows do not lie he was makeing everyone else look bad, I miss him on stage with the boys, but I have the recordings that from time to time I take out and listen to the last show that Dickey Betts Played with the ABB, and that is the sad part, he was not HITTIN THE NOTE, and as a matter of fact he was butchering whole solo parts, and I know the ones who know what I am talking about. Long live the ABB, and Long live Dickey Betts, and all the great music.





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by BeBe on Jun 17, 2002 - 07:51 AM

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spikey Dude learn how to spell. probrly and Jaegar. Its probably and Jagger.




Re: Dickey Betts Comments (Score: 1)
by CCB (cbarr@childrenofjesus.org)
on Jun 24, 2002 - 11:17 AM
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Betts was so BLESSED and I have never seen any indication of thankfulness from him.

Duane Allman was The BEST rock and roll guitar player EVER. That helped to make the 1970-1971 Allman Brothers Band The BEST rock and roll band EVER.

Duane MADE Betts. That was made clear to me after the death of Duane.

Since Duane died I have only heard Betts really KICKIN' IT when he was playing with someone as good as he could be (like volunteer jams with Toy Caldwell and Charlie Daniels). If there is someone to give him a run for his money he shines. Otherwise he's hit and miss or w-a-a-a-y too country.

Good riddance to "Ramblin' Man" and all that other ABB country drivel.

Don't get me wrong ... I like country, but if I want to listen to country I'll turn on something country. When I want to hear the ABB I am not listening for country.

I miss Skydog and Berry ...



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by TommyBooth (Almosbro@aol.com)
on Jun 25, 2002 - 12:27 AM
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To Whoever you are:

I don't know what "Children of Jesus Org" you belong to cbarr, but you don't sound very compassionate to me- I don't go runnin' around hangin' in "Jesus" clubs. I certainly love and respect HIM-and it's been my experience with folk like you to steer far clear of. You sound very angry and judgemental- after all, who annointed you (Jesus?) to be the R'n'R spiritual swamie that can read into Dickey's heart and KNOW that he is not "Thankful" everyday of his life for the experience he shared with Duane. And last note Ole' Holier- than-Thou...about this biz of you "never heard Dickey really Kickin It" on his own...hmmm...sounds to me like you been listening in some strange tongues. I guess you have no clue as to what Dickey accomplished at Watkins Glen in front of 600,000 fans- or hundreds of other shows that I HAVE EXPERIENCED (in this world). Not to mention the bigger fact- that if it weren't for Forrest Richard Betts- there would NOT have been an ABB the morning after October 29, 1971....(and also, as much as I LOVED/LOVE Duane more than anyone (in this world)...I have plenty of recordings of when the Brother was off on nights). Please, check in with Jesus- and pray for some guidance- not to mention some good REAL down to EARTH Christian forgiveness for your very UN-Christian sentiment.





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by kateschwartz (schwartz AT hittintheweb DOT com)
on Jan 03, 2003 - 10:50 AM
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Sorry, bro, but without "country" there IS no ABB. That was and is their skill--country, blues and jazz. If you want "country", don't look for it in mainstream music cause it's long gone. Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn et. al. are never played on the radio. Go listen to the real country vibe--Hank Williams for instance--and you will see where part of the ABB music comes from. And how could it not? They are hillbillies through and through. Rednecks all!!





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by bettsisbetter on Apr 10, 2003 - 12:37 AM

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Jimi Hendrix is the best electric guitar player ever- rock, blues, metal, other.
Dickey Betts is only the best Allman Brother ever- composer, singer, guitarist, other.





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by JOHNNYANGEL on Feb 17, 2007 - 09:17 PM

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***** HENDRIX! DUANE WAS THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!





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by allmanned on Sep 16, 2003 - 09:25 PM

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yOU SIR ARE AN ASSHOLE .YOU PUNK YOU DONT KNOW SHIT





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by lespaul71 (duaneallman71@yahoo.com)
on Jan 11, 2005 - 10:39 PM
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Your an idiot CCB or whatever your name is





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by Bluesky45 on Jan 14, 2005 - 05:51 PM

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It's a matter of record, that if Duane heard you putting Dickey down or mistakingly crediting Duane for some of Dickey's guitar work ( which has happened on occasion) , he'd tell you straight out that you better screw your head back on straight and be pissed-off at your apparent ignorance . If Duane loved and respected Dickey , whats YOUR problem ?





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by rws63052 (rws63052@optonline.net)
on Aug 25, 2005 - 01:07 PM
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understand your loyalty. am 53 yrs old and saw them in 1971 at age 19 at the Fillmore. Saw them this past Tuesday 8/23 in NJ and was a great show.
Dicky deserved to get fired man. Read in NY Post the day after the most recent ABB show that Dicky was falling down drunk onstage at the Stone Pony. Enough is enough. Wayne and Derek are hot and the whole band is so energized. Was the same at the Beacon run last spring.
Good luck Dicky and so long.
Eat a peach fpr peace.
Bob





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by petesr on Sep 15, 2006 - 12:01 PM

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I am sure that the main reason for Dickeys firing was his alcohol problems. He just cant lick it. At a show in Rochester NY he was provided 2 cases of beer just for him, and he consumed just about all of it. It was quite clear from his bad remarks about the ABB spoken from the stage during the show and his tantrums because of broken guitar strings that he was indeed drunk. It is a shame because he is such a talent. I guess it will take a strong force for him to kick the booze for good. I wish him the best and hope that he can beat his demons and at least have some type of reunion with his former bandmates.





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by lde47 (1abbfan.com)
on Dec 03, 2006 - 10:55 PM
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AMEN!!!





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by GuitarPlaynTaylor on Apr 17, 2008 - 01:58 AM

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Piss on your life. Duane thought dickey was better then he was!!!





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by patrickcallahan on Oct 17, 2010 - 04:17 PM

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to the dude who said " good riddance to Dickey , Ramblin Man and all that country *****", I hope you've grown up since your 2002 posting.
It was the coplex mixture of all that country, jazz, blues and rock that made The ABB so great.
Dickey was an integral part of the music we have all fallen in love with. Hopefully you've come around a little over the years.
Time tends to make most of us grow some every mminute. Some for the better others... well figuure it out.
Pat





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by 10K on Mar 28, 2011 - 04:50 AM

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CCB, I think your comments are ignorant, immoral and disrespectful to Duane Allman. No indication of thankfulness? Dickey named his son after Duane. Duane made Betts? In the beginning, Gregg told Duane he'd only commit to ABB for 2 years, they wouldn't make rent money just on excellent playing, they needed to write hit songs. Dickey Betts wrote Elizabeth Reed, Les Brers, Jessica, Blue Sky, Ramblin' Man. By Gregg's own testimony, ABB wouldn't ever get off the ground without Betts' songwriting.

Obviously, the new guys are monsters. Trucks/Haynes incinerated the Beacon last week. But it's still the sound Dickey Betts created with Duane, the guitar harmonies, the awesome Southern legacy. ABB isn't just the 'best band', they are the greatest, most important band because they connect music to something larger -- their southern home as part of America -- and because they have lasted. ABB survived the devastating loss of Duane and Berry, and Dickey Betts was the key to that. I remember. We thought ABB was gone. Then Brothers & Sisters came out and Dickey said no, Duane's spirit was more powerful than death. Guitar solos are trivia compared to surviving the loss of Duane Allman. So when you disrespect Dickey Betts, you disrespect Duane's memory in the worst way.

And you must be musically deaf if you think country isn't at the heart of ABB. The last regular set song of the 40th anniversary Beacon Run was 'Jessica.' They played Dickey Betts' song about Dickey Betts' daughter from Brothers & Sisters. Then they encored with 'Whipping Post.'







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by rablamb on Jul 09, 2002 - 03:55 AM

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I've grown up with the Allman Brothers Band. They were one of my main influences that helped me become the studio guitarist I am today.
Dicky Betts was in the shadow of the great Duane Allman up until his death. Dicky stepped up to fill some mighty big shoes...and I'm sure he felt the pressure....EVERYDAY.
It's understandable about the bickering, the accusations, the lifestyles... We can only imagine the hardships these guys have gone through. It's like a marriage. If you don't work at helping each other, it'll fall apart.
Still, it's time they get put differences aside and bring their Brother back into the family.
The current ABB now seem to be missing that "feel"...sure they still throw in the recognizable riffs we all know, but the magic is gone.
The replacements players are all high caliber musicians but it seems more like a "Cover Band" now. (Kudos to Warren)
Dicky Betts fills that void. Dicky, Greg, Jaimo, Butch were and are the catalists of the ABB.
I hope the day comes when they all come to their senses......God Bless them all.



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by slydeman97 on Jul 27, 2002 - 11:08 PM

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ive been a hardcore dedicated fan of the ABB since 69. i love this band like family but without dickey it's just not the same. it's great to have warren back but it's still not the same.i do believe that the day will come when we will see them all back together again,but not in 2002. i'll see dickey and great southern this friday nite at w.hampton beach, and if i have the honor of meeting him i'll be sure to relay these feelings to him. the circle may be broken but not forever. peace, slydeman97





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by HANNAH on Jul 31, 2002 - 04:33 PM

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Amen, I hope the band & Dickey can get it together, life is to short - we all have choices, sometimes good and sometimes not so good. Let the good in and the bad stuff, let it go - its just not worth it.
Hope to see Dickey playing with Gregg & the Band in Sept. at the Ocean Center together again. Peace





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by stelly on Aug 05, 2002 - 06:22 PM

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I feel the same. I took a road trip this summer and went to shows at the Target Center MPLS. and Summerfest in Milwaukee the very next night. I was happy to see two different shows but without Dickey I felt alittle let down. Now don't get me wrong the ABB still can bring it but to me its not the ABB. I knew Dickey was off on that Fri. and was kinda hoping he would appeared with PAF, by the way were two different bands on each night also. I guess the best part of my road trip was when I returned home and my Dickey betts and Great Southern Collector #1 was in the mailbox. How ironic. Can't wait for Collector #2. I sure hope Dickey makes it up north to Minnesota country. In the end I sure hope it all works out and I'm proud they are all still rockin. Stel Duluth MN.





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by hotlanta59 on Aug 09, 2002 - 02:28 PM

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People that have been in bands will know the pressure that music can exert and will know that the same force that drives musicians such as Gregg and Dickey to the heights they acheive can be extremely destructive especially over such a long period. None of this means that I don't wish Dickey was back though!





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by saxmanjb (saxjb AT comcast DOT net)
on Dec 09, 2003 - 03:22 PM
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I understand where all the opinions are coming from. And, I too miss some of the tunes Dickey wrote, his best quality, that are missing from the current song list. But, since the post Brothers and Sisters days, I've seen many, many ABB shows and Dickey was the low point, unfortunatley in 80% of them. And, granted, Greg spent the majority of the 80's without a singing voice, due to drug abuse. The resurrgence of the band came to flourishen when Warren Haynes joined. I've never heard the band sound better, since Duane, especially Dickey. MAGIC. But, make no mistake, Warren left, with Woody, because he no longer could deal with Betts. Then, secondly, because he had the Mule to fall back on. THEN, the magic was gone. After that it became the Dickey Betts show again, with him having to be the loudest thing a stage has ever seen, with redundant, sloppy, non-creative playing. The show's were horrible. Warren's back because Betts is gone. It's unfortunate, but it's all Betts' doing. The magic was the mid-90's. The creativity was at a peak. They were recording again. Do you think "Hittin the Note" would have happened if Warren didn't return. I'd like to see Dickey stop being a horses you know what, and be back, and let Warren run the show. But, that's just not gonna happen. 'Til then, the music's much better without him





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by shineboy on Dec 22, 2003 - 08:11 PM

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What about Derek? This guy is bringing it all together. I absolutely love Dicky's playing but it sounds to me like it was a do or die situation.
Now the band has a freshness to it that we may have never heard. The new line-up is smokin' and I want to see where it takes them.
So far, they're really hittin' the note.
Nuff said!





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by skyponydogboy (skyponydogboy@yahoo.com)
on Mar 26, 2004 - 01:54 PM
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I don't think you know anything about what happened to Dickey, much less, the Brotherhood. If Duane were here today,
Dickey would be in the band.
spdb




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by johnabraham (norseman10@hotmail.com)
on Aug 18, 2002 - 01:48 PM
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Dickey Betts is his own person. He is a professional guitar player and has earned his status with the Allman Brothers Band and with his own works. Nevermind the differences between bandmembers for this isn't anyone's business but theirs to sort out. Duane Allman called his brother in California in 1969 and let him know that he had been jammin with a new band and said that there was a damn good guitar player that was there. Back then Duane even realized it. What we have here is destiny and choices amoung the original members of the band thirty years down the road. The Allman Brothers band would have never came about without the mesh of ALL the original members. It's the same kind of mesh Zeppelin had, Black Sabbath, Skynerd. This mesh or bonding has been described by those in any famous band. It's like at the onset of playing ALL present understand the fact that "this is it". 100% of the time when this takes place the band is destined for stardom because every element in the band's own sound is there and is in synch w/ eachother. Dickey WAS, and STILL is part of that mesh that happened 30 plus years ago and will always be. It's not a matter of Duane making him who he is or teaching him how to play, lets compare Duane to Jimi Hendrix and see what comes up! If Duane were alive today he would be all telling you that this all don't matter because it's all about the music and nothing else. Dickey Betts is his own person and professional guitar player that's with us for us to enjoy and hear what he has to produce. You can't hurt anyone with music. Please let all the rumours go to the wayside and enjoy the music. with love and peaches, john



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by littledidsheno (roundsound@aol.com)
on Apr 12, 2013 - 12:27 AM
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I am so new to this but I can tell that your thoughts ring true here. Some of us never had an opportunity nor expected one. Now I just have a hard time listening to the music I have always loved because it is so much a part of me, yet not. These wonderful musicians have personalities yet the music in their heart is their soul. For those who have passed they are here in every note they played every word they sang and every emotion that came through their music. All the musicians still here are creating their soul memory. I don't know if this makes sense to anyone but it does to me. By the way I believe that people don't just leave us. I have someone who is gone yet teaching me daily. Irritating the heck out of me at times. Teaching me my own way to come around to my personal music. Writing when I can't read music, just singing it on a little recorder. Feeling the music in my heart and soul every minute of the day. Mines was just rock and roll now it is almost entirely blues, I sing all day writing words without thinking. Not all good, just fun with my mom who left but never left. Singing and playing her guitar in my heart.





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by littledidsheno (roundsound@aol.com)
on Apr 12, 2013 - 01:05 AM
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I may have misused this section with my comments speaking of those gone, yet never mentioned the comment I wanted to make.
I will try again.
You expressed perfectly about each musician. They have their music, they are talented and they love it. Let them have their music and leave the rest to ......not us.




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by wade (wademusic@hotmail.com)
on Oct 09, 2002 - 07:02 PM
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I do like dickey betts, but I also agree with the bands decision to dissmiss him. His playing has not advanced much in the last few years. I know there were personal conflicts as well (what ever they were). ANd a band cannot progress or jam properly when there is tension amoung the members. IT is not an easy decesion to fire a band member and it certainly isnt fun. Witch is why I feel confident that they did the right thing. I am happy that this web page does still list his dates because he was in intergal part of the band for some time. I do hope a reconsile is possible in the years to come. But Im very glad that the band is still going strong and the music is better than it has ever been.


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by magi on Oct 11, 2002 - 01:31 AM

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Well to say I have been out of the loop is an understatement. I will always remember the concerts that I attended with fond memories. The music makers will have to decide who to play with. I am just a fan of good music.

The Magi


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by rapidfire on Dec 14, 2002 - 08:41 PM

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I feel the Allman Brothers are not the same musically without Dickey Betts. Having said that, I also feel if his problems got in the way of his being in the band, the rest of the band had no choice. I've been in lots of bands and have seen all kinds of situations. Sometimes unpleasant things have to be done to move forward. I do hope somehow he can be brought back into the fold at the right time at some point in the future. I will support the present ABB with hopes for Betts return in the future.
Rob Waxman


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by Toemoss (tskirtech@jam.rr.com)
on Dec 19, 2002 - 10:32 PM
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Hey Dickey was a great compliment to Duane but you folks who say the band will never be the same without Dickey, I say good. Have you REALLY heard the Brothers with this new line up hell they are way beyond fantastic they are the reincarnation of the original band and I know Duane and Berry got to be proud of these new cats 'cause they can flat out play!!!!
Rock on new Brothers and I'll see y'all live as much as I can. Peace, Toe.



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by shineboy on Dec 22, 2003 - 08:21 PM

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I agree 100% man. Look how happy these guys are right now. This is something I haven't seen since the origianl line-up.
It's like Derek and Oteil are the reincarnations of Duane and Berry. This was meant to be man.
Peach on,
shineboy





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by budmc on Jul 30, 2004 - 10:00 AM

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You are dead on with your comments. This is the best the band has been since Fillmore East. It some ways it is even better. Long live the new line up.




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by wearly89 on Jan 09, 2003 - 08:39 PM

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I don't know what on earth you whiney complainers are missing in the ABB these days. Haynes and Trucks are simply mesmerizing. The Band sounds better than ever - fresh and invigorated! Folks, get used to it - Dickey is gone and he's not coming back. He's got a phenomonal band of his own now. There's twice as much great music out there now. Get your heads out of your butts and see the sunny side of life why don't you! Things change and this time it's for the better of all.



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by shineboy on Dec 22, 2003 - 08:16 PM

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Amen brother! Well said!





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by Philipmize on Apr 02, 2004 - 11:07 AM

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So true Brother. The band is killer . Betts band is killer. I think they are both happy with the way it is at this point and time. If Betts were to rejoin the Brothers I sure hope it wouldn't cause Trucks or Haynes to depart. Man I love those Allman Brothers!!!





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by JOHNNYANGEL on Feb 16, 2007 - 12:32 AM

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JUST WATCHED A PITIFULL RENDITION OF JESSICA ON YOU TUBE SORRY WARREN &DERIK BUT IT AINT THE SAME WITHOUT DICKEY& BUTCH TRUCKS SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF HIMSELF&THE ***** HE SAID IN THE SEPT.2006 ISSUE OF CLASSIC ROCK REVISITED HOW IT WAS A RELIEF WHEN BERRY DIED BECAUSE HE WAS SO FUCKED UP& I REMEMBER WHEN GREG WAS SO FUCKED UP HE COULD BARELY SING OR PLAY IT WAS DICKEYS PLAYING THAT KEPT THE BAND TOGETHER HE DESERVES ANOTHER CHANCE!MAYBE WE COULD HAVE 3 GUITARS!BUTCH STOP TALKIN ***** ABOUT DICKEY!HIS SONGS WILL ALWAYS BE PART OF THE ALLMANS HISTORY!LIKE IT OR NOT !





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by JOHNNYANGEL on Feb 16, 2007 - 12:40 AM

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DICKEY BETTS RULES!!!




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by Leonski on Jan 27, 2003 - 05:32 PM

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The Allmans without Dickey is like the ground without grass. No offense to Derek & Warren (whom I am big fans of) but it doesn't seem right without Dickey.

This situation reminds me of the sad show about Lynyrd Skynyrd that was on VH1 a while ago.

Maybe Dickey & The Allman Bros. will reunite before they can't anymore, and bring joy to younger fans like me who haven't seen Dickey with the Allman Bros.



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by JackMcDermott on May 25, 2003 - 09:09 PM

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I caught ABB a couple years ago in Concord,Ca. When I left that show I was pissed.First--D.B. forgot that this isn't the Dickey Betts Band but the collective group known for 30yrs. as the ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND.The 2nd point has to do with Derek.This kid was doing an incredible job. He held to the ABB sound and feel yet put his own stamp on it.He wasn't trying to be a Duane copy but was true to the heart of ABB.Let me just say the kid[I'm 52] was GOOD. My beef was that Dickie was stepping all over Dereks musical toes.Everytime Derek had a solo and started getting into the zone Dickie would jump in and cut him off.Listening to early ABB I didn't see Duane doing the same and he was the best.Sorry but I don't have the same remorse that some of you .xoxo jaxtraw




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by southsided on Aug 08, 2003 - 05:34 AM

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Damn if i know...Dickey Betts is a Brother..always will be...can't but wish him well...but damn if the Allman Brothers Band didn't suprise the hell out of me with their new release "Hittin the Note"...did anybody else notice while listening to these brothers...that "damn...these brothers are jammin'" and throw me back to the joys and awe of Fillmore Concerts days...without Dickey yes...but don't you all still miss Duane!!!!...i could "marvel" again...that's Allman Brothers Band music...none better when they're doin it...



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by allmandog24 on Feb 23, 2005 - 06:40 AM

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Right on! Dickey will always be a brother, but damned if "Hittin' the Note" just blew me away. Better than the mid-90's stuff, and it took me back about 30 years. I first became aware, like so many others, after the release of Fillmore. I listened to the new album, "Hittin the note", and imagined that could have been the bands 4th studio album, after Eat a Peach, and before Brothers and Sisters. Sounds like that's where it could go. But to have that kind of sound in 2003.... well imagine what will come next! Time for Dickey to "get off the firing line.....".




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by billj08 on Oct 30, 2003 - 03:01 PM

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does anyone else wonder how dickey feels while gregg is runnining around the country bad mouthing him(High cost of low living)c'mon gregg was there too but the big slap in the face is hearing blue sky and elizabeth reed at an abb concert and dickey is not there does anyone else miss dickey or the forgotten allman brother!!!!sw2allaow your pride gregg the allmans are alot more awesome with dickey betts


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by freddyking on Dec 02, 2003 - 08:02 AM

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These things happens all the time,haven't you ever parted with a girlfriend or friend?when love is involved these issues are part of life,comes with the package.
It's not a matter of Dickey's right or the ABB are right,ovviously there where different points of view,and I respect their choices,it's their art and life.
Life would be so ***** boring if everything was right as we want it,there are ups and down,the Brothers been up and down,I just listen to their work and take what I like,ain't no use to moan about how the old days where glorious,it's there you can pick it up,a great statement of what mankind can do,greatest music ever played,is past,beautiful.

I believe we live in a dark age,and that reflects on music,that's what musicians do.

The Bros will be doing fine,Dickey too,maybe some day they will rejoin,time will tell,but the world keeps on turning.


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by peach69 (BPC11Chicago AT aol DOT com)
on Dec 16, 2003 - 01:51 PM
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Betts is a genius, and a great American legend.
A phenomenal guitarist and songwriter. He and Duane were the greatest lead duo ever, and to pick up where they left off, and do what he has done, says it all about Betts. He is beautiful. Once in a lifetime it all lines up just right, in any given endeavor, and it sure did with the original ABB. I am quite sure I will always love this band, the current line up is incredible. Yet I will always attribute their resurrection and longevity to Mr. Forrest Richard Betts and the chemistry between all the other awesome talent in the ABB when they take the stage. It would be nice if they could work out their differences, they ALL have my love and support, and my heartfelt appreciation for their excellent music. :-)


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by jaimoe69 (bballyny@attglobal.net)
on Dec 16, 2004 - 07:16 PM
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It's pretty widely known that the Allmans were at there peak with Dickey playing with Duane, you'd have to be a fool to think otherwise. the combination of blues and country is something that is hard to do, but i think the contrast there is what made them so great. The fact that Dickey is gone is sad, because we will lose some truly great songs, but as we saw with Hittin' the note, the Allman Brothers Band is still great and will continue to be great, derek and warren together is hard to beat. One of my ultimate dreams is for gregg and dickey to make up and to see a reunion tour, but i sincerely doubt that will happen.



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by rainy on Apr 29, 2005 - 11:22 PM

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I don't think I could've said or thought it better than what you said.. I agree totally




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by rws63052 (rws63052@optonline.net)
on Aug 25, 2005 - 04:14 PM
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I have been listineng to and seeing this band since 1969, so i am not a new fan. First show was in 1971 NYC Fillmore,i was 19 and blown away.
Have seen them too many times to count. To be truthful, even walked out on a show in the 70's when Greg was so wasted and Dickey also that it was a discrace,
Than came Warren and a rebirth for me. Go to the Beacon Run every year and have always been blown away.
Sorry folks but Dicky should stay where he is,(falling down on stage at Stone Pony this week as reported in NY Post) and let the brothers rock on.
Saw them on 8/23 and was EXCELLENT.
Warren and Derek have developed in the past 2 yrs as an amazing combo.
As a guy in recovery myself I wish Dickey well but am glad he is gone.
Eat a peach for peace
bob




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by prwolff12 (prwolff12@aol.com)
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I grew up idolizing Dicky and always wanted to be like him, but that was almost 35 years ago. I have seen the Allmans at the Beacon the past 8 years and Warren jsut blows me away. He and Derek are absolutely amazing. I saw Dicky at a local theater on Long Island, and actually felt sorry for him. He and his band continually smoked and drank while on stage. It got so bad he forgot the time and the songs he wanted to play. He doesn't even play lead for the majority of his show.




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by BIGV on Mar 14, 2006 - 05:34 PM

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Once again, I sometimes wonder what ever happened to good ole fashioned Honesty..."The truth shall set you free"...I'm sure Duane believed that!
Anyway, My belief is that Dickey isn't with the Allmans any longer because his playing isn't 1/2 of what it used to be....I've seen his bands twice in the last couple of years and they were the heighth of mediocrity.
He makes so many mistakes!..He misses so many notes! It hurts me to say that!
Last comment...his last album.."Let's get togeher"?...was so bad after one listen, i tossed it out the window of my fast moving Car...



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by JOHNNYANGEL on Feb 18, 2007 - 12:41 PM

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YOU ASSHOLE! THE MAN IS 60 YEARS OLD WHAT THE ***** DO YOU WANT BLOOD?





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by BIGV on Feb 11, 2011 - 05:50 AM

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Nice....




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by sealevel on Oct 29, 2006 - 12:40 PM

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this coming spring 2007 marks they eight year since dickie left the band i was mad as hell with this move as i was ready to boycott, the summer tour dates were turning up i just could not stay away jimi herring not bad saw 2 shows, beacon 2001 the great Warren Haynes as special guest saw 1 show i was always a huge dickie betts fan never thought he got the credit he sould. had seen many great shows over the years I have to say ive been more than a little disapointed with his shows over the last 5 years same old same old not much new music at all. as a longtime fan wanting to support one of my favorite players i have given up the show i saw this summer was just bad as for the bros year after year the shows just get better thank you warren you are a music giant along with all other members in this great band



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by JOHNNYANGEL on Feb 17, 2007 - 09:15 PM

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THATS WHY THEY ARE PLAYING LESS SHOWS EVERY YEAR AT THE BEACON!





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by GuitarPlaynTaylor on Apr 17, 2008 - 02:03 AM

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Dude!!! piss on your life! We'll see how warren plays when he's around sixty two or so!




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by lde47 (1abbfan.com)
on Dec 03, 2006 - 11:22 PM
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Dickey's 2006 Tour was absolutely INCREDIBLE. I've had the opportunity to hear the "new" A.B.B., G.A.&FRIENDS and D.B.&G.S. After listening to all for decades, there is no doubt that Dickey is on top of his game and oozing with creative juices. Dickey wrote the best ABB tunes anyway and the stats speak louder than opinions. I do sincerely love ALL the ABB music and members past and present, but it is just so evident that Dickey has honed his incredible talent and carved out his own place in RocknRoll, beyond the ABB. I honestly can't say the same for the other ABB's members. The music speaks for itself. Dickey is the only one that can say with a straight face and true heart, "Genuine Since 69". With Dickey, it is still, all about the music. I feel sure that Duane and Berry would agree.



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by sealevel on Jan 14, 2007 - 12:41 PM

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now many shows did you see in 2006. i saw the show at north fork theater on long island,plain english it sucked. i left early. kws band blew gs away.that was the 5th and last time i will see dickey betts since he left the abb.every year he has a new members an plays the same songs.as for the brothers have seen them at least fifteen times,there shows change all the time.sounds to me like you havent see any abb shows lately.do yourself a favor and go to the beacon in march.i know you will change your mind.i will be there opening night.





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by ajametz (mrdownchild AT verizon DOT net)
on Mar 12, 2008 - 10:17 AM
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KWS???????? (ajametz GUFFAWS!) You gotta be kiddin' me right? He's a joke. If you want a real blues guitarist, for heaven's sake, don't look to Kenny Wayne! You'd be ahead to check out people like Jack Pearson, Buddy Whittington, Dennis McClung....etc. A statement like that shows how truly lost you are.





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by KWidgeon on Apr 17, 2007 - 10:02 PM

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I saw DB & GS 2 nights in a row last summer, and it was so incredible. Dickey's playing has such unbelievable class and technique as well as still having the great spark of past days. The ABB has been my favorite band since the early 1970's, but without Dickey, they are like a shadow of the band they could be. Dickey Betts rocks - he's the man.




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by JOHNNYANGEL on Feb 16, 2007 - 12:42 AM

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BUTCH TRUCKS IS AN ASSHOLE WHO DONT KNOW WHEN 2 SHUT UP!


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by JOHNNYANGEL on Feb 17, 2007 - 06:51 PM

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IM ***** TIRED OF HEARING ABOUT THE ALLMANS REACHING NEW MILESTONES FOR ARTISTIC ACHIEVEMENT IT AINT THE SAME W/O DICKEY &EVEN THOUGH I LOVE THE BROS. I WILL NEVER GO TO SEE THEM AGAIN.(UNLESS DICKEY COMES BACK )IN MEMORY OF ELIZABETH REED,BLUE SKY,JESSICA,RAMBLIN'MAN,HIGH FALLS,SEVEN TURNS.HE (WROTE MOST OF THE SEVEN TURNS ALBUM) NOW THEY SAY HE IS "TOO COUNTRY" AND TO BUTCH TRUCKS YOU WOULDNT HAVE A HOUSE IN THE SOUTH OF FRANCE IF NOT FOR MR. BETTS. REALLY AFTER ALL IT WAS HIM WHO WAS IN TOP FORM WHO KEPT THE BAND TOGETHER AFTER DUANE PASSED.AND WHEN GREG WAS TO FUCKED UP TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE.(I HOPE GREG REMEMBERS!)


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by JOHNNYANGEL on Feb 17, 2007 - 06:57 PM

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PLEASE EVERYONE BOYCOT THE BROS.TILL BETTS IS BACK!!! LETS SEND EM A MESSAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!


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by JOHNNYANGEL on Feb 18, 2007 - 12:22 PM

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hey greg,skydog is gonna smack you in the head when u see him in heaven .for breakin' up the BAND!!!!!!!!!! FIX IT ! BEFORE ITS TOO LATE!!!!!


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by JOHNNYANGEL on Feb 18, 2007 - 12:30 PM

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BRING DICKEY BACK ! WHERE IT ALL BEGAN!!!!


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by JOHNNYANGEL on Feb 18, 2007 - 12:35 PM

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HEY BUTCH. SKYDOG IS GONNA KICK YOUR ASS!! WHEN U GO TO HEAVEN!! FOR HAVIN' A BIG *****' MOUTH!!!!


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by KWidgeon on Apr 17, 2007 - 09:56 PM

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I miss Dickey so much. There was just such a great vibe and chemistry when he was with the band. (Nothing against Warren - he's tops). The Gregg/Dickey thing - Besides too much talent in one room, I guess it's like divorcing someone you really love - you can't live with them or without them. Hopefully the day comes again, when they can't live without each other. Peace and love are where it's at. Like Dickey said: "Love is all that remains the same..."



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by nlitnrogue on Sep 08, 2007 - 02:53 PM

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i have just finished reading all gthe dickey comments and i am an abb fan thats dickey included but let me offer this i am reading about all this vibe and chemistry,well if that was true i am pretty sure that they would not have let him go.was it right??i am not privy to the inner workings or the personal relationships from where i sit it seems a little hypocritical if it was substances altohugh i think there is a lot more to it than that.




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by gmoney on Aug 28, 2007 - 04:02 AM

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The A-Bros have been one of my very favorite bands for the past 20 years, but I don't think the current lineup should even be allowed to "call" themselves the Allman Brothers. I saw them a couple years ago at the Mountain Winery in Saratoga and (without Dickie Betts or Danny Toler) they aren't even a "shadow" of their former selves. It's not even CLOSE! It was VERY DISSAPOINTING to say the least. The A-Bros used to be one of the greatest bands out there. Now I will never want to see them again unless Dickie rejoins the band. I saw Dickie Betts and the Great Southern play a year ago in San Francisco and enjoyed that much more than the current Allman Brothers lineup. It's a shame that Dickie and Danny aren't with the Allman Brothers anymore and until/unless they rejoin, the Allman Brothers are practically boring (I'm sorry to say that. I'm just giving my honest opinion)


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by ruthelane (ruth dye at msn dot com)
on Nov 22, 2007 - 01:54 AM
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I saw two ABB shows in the past year and they were anything but boring. The venues were packed and everybody was having a great time. I have never heard a better band. Gregg's solo shows have been fabulous. Nothing but outstanding reviews.

I wish Dickey was still in the ABB. Heck, I wish Duane and Berry were still with us. Everybody knows Dickey is the best guitar player alive. But that doesn't mean the ABB is boring. Anyway, Dickey is a part owner of the ABB and I'm sure he must be happy to see their success. Who knows if they ever get back together. In the meantime they are still the best and there are two great bands around, ABB and DB&GS.



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by rainy on Dec 28, 2007 - 09:11 AM

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I will always have this one thought in my heart...... and I whisper it to myself everytime a new season starts and the ABB head out on the road...

Bring Back Dickey..... I wonder if Dickey would come back if they asked him , hmmmmm.... I do need to hear the band 'somewhat like they once were ', before they call it a "day"




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by ajametz on Feb 28, 2008 - 08:10 PM

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I love Dickey Betts. Love him, or hate him, he's a founding member of the Allman Brothers and is an integral part of the sound. He was there at the conception of the Brothers and helped create the brotherhood. These youngsters in here seem to harp on the musicianship of Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks, however, I'd like to point out that neither Haynes nor Trucks has a "Jessica," "Ramblin' Man" or "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed," in their repetoire. They can't touch what DB has accomplished. They weren't there when Duane died, and have never faced the monumental task of keeping a band afloat after it's musical leader died. Talk about pressure! I'm certain neither would be up to the task. Finally, I'd like to say that, in my humble opinion, ABB is drifting away from it's blues origins. Warren Haynes would be better suited for a band like Lynyrd Skynyrd.


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by ajametz (mrdownchild AT verizon DOT net)
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Here's another thing that bugs me about the whole Dickey Betts thing. Now remember, I love ABB!....both past and present. However, it bothers me when they call it a "brotherhood." How many of you would dump your brother when he has a drinking problem??????? If they truly are like a family or brotherhood, they would do whatever's necessary to get Dickey sober and focused. That's what I'd do if a family member needed help. Clearly, Dickey has a problem with alcohol. You're telling me they can't help him at all? Instead they give him "walking papers."



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by patrickcallahan on Oct 17, 2010 - 04:25 PM

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AJ- I think there's a lot more to it than that. You have to remember these guys have been doing this ***** for a long ass time.
The history of alcohol and drug use and abuse goes way back. There were obviously problems that you and I aren't vy to. Remenber Dickey was voted out by ALL the remaining original members. It wasn't just a spontaneous move by one pissed off member.
Keep the faith. All brotherhoods and families have their squabbles. Also keep in mind, Dickey was asked to participate in the anniversary shows this past year in NYC and refused.
Pat




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by littlesister1 on Mar 06, 2010 - 11:31 AM

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Dickey is totally awesome!!!!

Look forward to seeing him when he does his occasional gig now that he 's "retired". Musicians seem to have a hard time doing that!!!

Love ya Dickey!


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by gapeach69 on Aug 24, 2010 - 10:38 AM

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I love Dickey Betts! WHen the heck is coming back to Georgia. Have only seen him twice live and both times it was with the ABB in the early 90's. Would love to see him and Great Southern. COME BACK TO SEE US DICKEY!!!!! WE MISS YOU!!



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by patrickcallahan on Oct 17, 2010 - 04:03 PM

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I've been listening to these guys since 1972. I was 15. I've spent hundreds on the Fillmore East recordings over yhe years replacing the original 2 disc record through 8 track and on to cd. Best money I've ever spent.
I still, to this day, cannot distinguish Duane's sound from Dickey's when they do leads. Obviously the slide parts are all Duane, but many of the other solos confound me.
Pat





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by patrickcallahan on Nov 14, 2010 - 01:37 PM

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I stiil love the first Great Southern Album. And remember, all these future Allman Brothers members played with either Dickey's solo band or Gregg's. Look back at those lineups, The Toler brothers played for both before they became solid Allman Brothers. I saw them with both gregg and Dickey over the years. Warren is great on Dickey's "Pattern Disruptive" cd.
By the way , Warren's one solo album "Tales of ordinary madness" has a great song on it called I'LL be the One. It's killer, vintage Warren from back in the early 90's.
Have a great day. GO STEELERS.....




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by Rick00770 on Sep 04, 2011 - 05:37 PM

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iv played guitar since i was 12, now im 60, dickey and dwayne were a great inspiration to me, glad to hear news of hime here, all my best to the allman brothers and dickey too,



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