Tag: Gregg Allman
There were many rockers on the tube this week with Slash, John Mayer and Joe Bonamassa promoting new albums, Gregg Allman pimping his new memoirs and Gene Simmons talking up the new season of 'Family Jewels' and hiring a vet to be a roadie on the upcoming KISS/Motley Crue tour.
Guitar great Joe Bonamassa started the week off right sitting in with Paul Shaffer and the CBS Orchestra on 'The Late Show With David Letterman (May 21). Here's some of the highlights below and a link to the full episode here: www.cbs.com/lateshow
Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators rocked 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon' on Monday night (May 21) with his new single 'You're A Lie' and a web exclusive performance of 'Back To Cali.' Iconic rocker Gregg Allman continued the promotional tour for his book 'My Cross To Bear' with stops on 'CBS This Morning' (May 22), Piers Morgan Tonight (May 22), Tavis Smiley on PBS (May 23), The View (May 24). Check out the always interesting Allman in all of these interviews, including some footage of his 24 year old future 7th bride.
Slash - "You're A Lie" (Live Jimmy Fallon, New... by Slashfrance
Slash also made a stop on 'Piers Morgan Tonight' on May 23rd:
Watch Gregg with the ladies of 'The View' here (at the 25:00 mark): www.abc.go.com/watch/the-view
John Mayer joined 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon' to promote his new album 'Born and Raised' on May 22nd. He sat in with The Roots and chatted with Jimmy about the album and why he stopped singing for a year because of a heath issue.
Mayer also joined Andy Cohen on Bravo's 'Watch What Happens Live' on May 23rd along with legendary newsman Dan Rather.
Gene Simmons and Shannon Tweed made stops on 'The Today Show' on May 23rd, first with Gene helping chose a roadie through the Hiring Our Heroes campaign. The band hired Paul Jordan, a 27-year military veteran, to work on their road crew this summer. Gene and Shannon stopped by with Hoda and Kathie Lee in the 10am hour to talk about the upcoming season of 'Family Jewels,' and Paul even got a little more camera time.
Rock on the Talks Recap: The Cult, Gregg Allman, Tenacious D (listen to full stream of ‘Rize of the Fenix’), Carlos Santana
Gregg Allman made a stop to talk to Conan O'Brien on 'Conan' the night of May 15th to promote his new memoirs. He touched on some of his old songs, his brother Duane, his friendship with President Carter, the Fillmore East album, and when Johnny Rotten and The Allman Brothers Band were on Conan's NBC show and what exactly went down.
Jack Black and Kyle Gass made the rounds last week to hit the stage on the Late Show with David Letterman (May 14th), Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (May 15) and The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (May 18) to perform songs off their new album 'Rise of the Fenix,' On Letterman they did their tribute song, 'Roadie,' with Jimmy Fallon the guys performed the title track to the album and a web-only exclusize of 'Beelzeboss,' and with Leno the guys brought forth 'Low Hanging Fruit.' Watch the performances below and listen to the full stream of their album.
Check out 'Low Hanging Fruit' here.
The Cult rocked the Bud Light concert stage on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' on May 18th, with their new track 'For The Animals' from their new album 'Choice Of Weapon.' The guys follwed that up with one of their classic tracks 'Wild Flower':
Gregg Allman's book tour for his 'My Cross To Bear' memoir kicked off today after being delayed so that he could undergo diagnostic cardiac testing at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville. He underwent the tests on April 27th, and shortly after he was giving the ok for the tour.
According to a press release the Jacksonville, Florida-based clinic determined whether additional care was required after Allman’s recent hernia operation. "I’ve been working on the book for years and am grateful for all the support I’ve received in putting it together,” the rocker said in a statement at the time. "As soon as doctors give me the thumbs up to go back on the road, I will be heading out onto my book tour and I can’t wait to meet all of my fans."
Considering his recent battle with health issues, Allman’s spirit seems high. As reported earlier, this memoir is aims for a new point of view in terms of the band’s story: "I’m gonna stay on the funny side, because behind the scenes, it was hilarious."
Allman was also forced to cancel appearances on 'The Colbert Report' and 'Piers Morgan Tonight,' but the Allman Brothers Band summer tour is still on (with more dates recently announced with Santana) and you can get all the dates below.
Check out this interview with Gregg from today's Detroit News: www.detroitnews.com
The book promises to tell of Allman’s adventures onstage and off; it should be interesting to see how he weaves the aforementioned thread of humor through his accounts of the band’s many hardships.
In an exclusive excerpt published in the May 10th issue of Rolling Stone from the new book, Allman recounts the pair's first date which he calls "possibly the worst f***ing date in the history of mankind."
"She smelled like I would imagine a mermaid would smell – I've never smelled it since, and I'll never forget it. It was January 1975, and I was playing a solo show at the Troubadour in Los Angeles. After the show, my buddy Chank ran up to me, going, "Guess who's here?"
"Who?" I asked.
"I want you to just ease over that railing and look to your right."
There she was, man: Cher. I couldn't believe how beautiful she was. I got my guitar and headed down toward her. Cher showed up with David Geffen as her date. I had met Geffen on many occasions before, but I didn't acknowledge him at all – or anyone else, for that matter. I was so rude; I didn't say hello or nothing at all, because I was so blinded by her.
I was walking by, and she was down on the floor looking for something. She looked up and said, "Oh, I lost my earring." Then she said, "Here's my number – call me."
The next day, I asked her out to dinner. I went to her house in a limousine, and when she came out, she said, "Fuck that funeral car," and handed me the keys to her blue Ferrari. We went to a Moroccan restaurant on Sunset, and we sat there, eating with our hands with the sitars playing. She didn't have shit to say to me, and I didn't have shit to say to her. What's the topic of conversation? It certainly ain't singing.
I said to her, "I've got a friend who lives up in the Hills, and his wife is Judy Carne." Cher knew Judy, who used to be on Laugh-In, from years before, but she didn't realize that Judy was into heroin. We got up to Judy's house, and I had just a little taste of doojee. I nodded out in the bathroom for 20 minutes or so, while Cher was out in the living room with Judy, who's also nodding out. I came out of there and asked her, "OK, toots, what else would you like to do?"
"I want to get the fuck out of here as fast as I can," she said.
I called her the next day and said, "Wait, before you say anything – that was possibly the worst fucking date in the history of mankind. We might be ready for the Guinness Book of World Records." She agreed with me, so I said, "Well, listen, seeing how it was so bad, why don't we try it again, because it can only go better this time?"
We went dancing. I don't know how to dance, but I got drunk enough to where I did. I danced my ass off. This is when disco was just taking off, so we did some dirty dancing. She had one drink, while I had my 21, of course. When we got back to her place, she took me out to her rose garden, and all the roses were just starting to bloom."
Here's the remaining book tour dates:
Tuesday, May 8 - 7:00 PM - EAGLE EYE BOOKSHOP
2076 N Decatur Rd Decatur, GA 30033
Thursday, May 10 - 6:30 PM - BMI & PARNASSIS BOOKS PRESENTS
BMI Office Bldg Lobby 6 Music Circle N Nashville, TN 37203
Saturday, May 12 - 12:00 PM - COSTCO
2746 N Clybourn Avenue Chicago, IL 60614
You must be a Costco member to enter the store, or join that day.
Saturday, May 12 - 6:00 PM - BUDDY GUY'S LEGENDS
700 S Wabash Chicago, IL 60605
Tuesday, May 15 - 8:00 PM - LIVE TALKS LA/Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Avenue @ 14th St Santa Monica, CA
Tickets are required for this event and can be purchased at:
Thursday, May 17 - 4:00 PM - BOOK SOUP
8818 Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90069
Wednesday, May 23 - 12:00 PM - BARNES & NOBLE/Union Square
33 E 17 ST New York, NY 10017
Wednesday, May 23 - 7:00 PM - BOOKENDS
211 E. Ridgewood AVE Ridgewood, NJ 07450
Thursday, May 24 - 7:00 PM - APPLE/E-book presentation w/Alan Light
1981 Broadway Bet 67 & 68 New York, NY
Thursday, May 31 - 6:00 PM - BOOKS-A-MILLION
1910 Wells Road Orange Park, FL
Saturday, June 2- 12:00 PM - SAM'S CLUB
15 Mill Creek Circle Pooler, GA 31322
You must be a Sam's member to come into the store, or join that day.
The Allman Brothers Band has announced their U.S. summer tour, which now includes six shows with fellow Rock And Roll Hall Of Famers Santana. The shows with Santana kick off July 22nd in Darien Center, New York, through a July 30 stop in Columbia, Maryland. Each band will headline three shows, and the musicians are expected to jam together during the performances.
"We've all wanted to do this for a very long time," says Gregg Allman in a statement. "It's been a long time coming and the whole band is looking forward to what's gonna happen on stage together."
Carlos Santana added, "It is a delight and an honor to finally share the stage, and the music, with Gregg Allman, Derek Trucks, Warren Haynes and The Allman Brothers Band. This is something that we’ve hoped to make happen for many years."
The Allmans Brothers tour also includes two concerts in North Carolina with Lynyrd Skynyrd on August 3rd and 4th in Charlotte and Raleigh, North Carolina. respectively. The whole jaunt kicks off on July 21 with an appearance at the All Good Music Festival in Thornville, Ohio, and runs through their August 10 and 11 sets at the group's inaugural Peach Music Festival in Scranton, Pennsylvania.
Here are all of the Allman Brothers Band's confirmed U.S. tour dates (*with Santana, Allmans headline; **with Santana, Santana headlines; ***with Lynyrd Skynyrd):
Jul. 21 - Thornville, OH - All Good Music Festival
*Jul. 22 - Darien Center, NY - Darien Lake PAC
*Jul. 24 - Wantagh, NY - Jones Beach
**Jul. 25 - Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center
**Jul. 27 - Saratoga Springs, NY - Saratoga PAC
*Jul. 28 - Hartford, CT - Comcast Theatre
**Jul. 30 - Columbia, MD - Merriweather Post Pavilion
Aug. 1 - Atlanta, GA - Chastain Park Amphitheater
***Aug. 3 - Charlotte, NC - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
***Aug. 4 - Raleigh, NC - Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion
Aug. 7 & 8 - Boston, MA - Bank of America Pavilion
Aug. 10 & 11 - Scranton, PA - The Peach Music Festival
There are few that have lived the hard rocking life of Gregg Allman. Allman is living, breathing, walking history and he’s bottling the story for the first time in his own words with the May 1st release of his autobiography, ‘My Cross To Bear.’
The book pulls back the curtain on his life for the first time, with Allman telling all the thrilling tales of his adventures onstage and off. He goes deep about his several failed marriages, including his high-profile union with Cher. His battles with drugs and alcohol, which eventually lead to him having a liver transplant later in life, are also documented in the tome.
Additionally, his upbringing in the South is also discussed, offering a portrait of life in the 1960s with brother Duane during an intense time of racial and cultural transformation, which eventually impacted the music they made.
The motorcycle deaths of Duane as well as bassist Berry Oakley, which occurred but a year apart, also receive considerable space. There will of course be a digital version, released as an enhanced eBook, which will feature videos, additional interviews, never-before-seen photos and more.
While ‘Cross’ will cover a lot of ground to encompass the many miles and adventures that Allman has enjoyed through the years, he aims to tell the story from a new point of view.
“There’s been a few books that have come out about the Allman Brothers, so I thought if I ever do a book, I’m gonna stay on the funny side, because behind the scenes, it was hilarious.”
He recalls his first gig as a seventh grader, “it was six dollars a night and man, I was a pro-fessional!” Although many years have passed since that first show, he still sees elements of that youngster inside the legendary musician that he has become, beloved by so many. “There’s a big chunk of him left in me.”
“A band means a bunch of guys working together for the same goal — that’s what the word ‘band’ means and we defined it,” Allman says, reflecting on his life on the road with the group that bears his name, adding that “if I died today, I have had me a blast.”
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