Gregg Allman undergoes liver transplant

Allman Brothers Band tour dates on hold during recovery

Gregg Allman of the Allman Brothers Band underwent a successful liver transplant operation on Wednesday at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., promoter Todd Brodginski of MSO announced.

The singer, keyboardist, songwriter and guitarist had been on a waiting list for the transplant. In late 2007, Allman, 62, began a series of treatments for Hepatitis C, but chronic liver damage led doctors to recommend a transplant.

"I changed my ways years ago," Allman said, "but we can't turn back time. Every day is a gift, and I can't wait to get back on the road making music with my friends."

The band had been scheduled to appear Saturday at the Crossroads Guitar Festival in Chicago. Allman also is scheduled to perform in September at the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival in Fredericton, News Brunswick.

All tour dates have been put on hold while Allman recovers.

"I feel pretty good, considering everything that's happened," said Allman, who co-founded the band in 1969. "Everybody involved here, my doctors and nurses in the hospital and all the Allman Brothers fans, they've just all been great."