Allman Brothers Band cancels Beacon shows


NASHVILLE -- The Allman Brothers Band has postponed its annual run of 15 shows at New York's Beacon Theatre while frontman Gregg Allman recovers from treatment for Hepatitis C. The run was scheduled for May 5-24.

The band also has canceled upcoming performances at the Wanee Festival, which it hosts every year in Live Oak, Fla. Wanee will continue as planned April 11-12 with a lineup including Gov't Mule, Bob Weir & Ratdog, Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi's Soul Stew Revival, Levon Helm and others.

Beacon operator Madison Square Garden Entertainment said people holding tickets to the shows should retain them, as they will be honored at the rescheduled dates.

The band said Allman has been receiving scheduled treatments for Hepatitis C and that "the virus has been eradicated from his system." However, he's not quite up to the taxing Beacon run yet.

"I'm getting better, but I'm still tired," Allman said. "I need to be at 110% to do the shows the way we do them. I can't tell you how much I appreciate the support and understanding my Brothers and our fans have given me."

The band said its 12-concert run planned for August will go on as scheduled.

Ray Waddell is an executive director at Billboard.