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:
http://livetalksla.org/blog/2012/03/29/may-15-an-evening-with-gregg-allman-the-aero-theatre/

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.

Sunday, June 3 – 6:00 PM – THE BIG HOUSE
2321 Vineville Avenue Macon, GA 31204

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.

In other Allman Brothers news, a currently out-of-print archival concert album titled Live from American University (12/30/1970) will be re-released on May 8 via the band’s Peach Music label.

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