Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks to Leave Allman Brothers Band
Posted by Michael Mueller on January 9, 2014 at 9:57 AM
Guitarists Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks announced last night (Wednesday, January 8) that they will be leaving the Allman Brothers Band at the end of 2014.
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"For 25 years and 15 years respectively, we've had the honor and pleasure of playing, living, learning, and traveling with the Allman Brothers Band, one of the truly legendary rock and roll bands. We will be forever grateful for the opportunity and the experience, and for the love, enthusiasm, and support of the incredible fans. We are both preparing to dig even deeper into our various creative and musical endeavors and, as a result, 2014 will be our final year as part of the band. We are looking forward to seeing our loyal ABB fans at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta this Friday night January 10th and in March at the Beacon Theater in New York City as we celebrate the 45th Anniversary of the band."
Haynes joined the band in 1989, at the age of 28, for a reunion tour with no assurances that he would become a member. But after discovering "uncanny chemistry," in Haynes's words, not to mention a wildly successful tour, the band invited him to become a full-time member.
"Now, here we are, 25 years later, and it has been an amazing experience," said Haynes in a separate statement. "The original version of the band was a huge influence on me and I'm sure that the countless hours I spent listening to and studying that music helped shape me as a musician."
Haynes says he plans to maintain a brisk schedule, including Gov't Mule touring and recording, solo projects, and family time.
Trucks joined the band when he was just 19 years old. "It was out of the blue and felt surreal—I leapt at the chance," he said in a separate statement. "This was the music that I had cut my teeth on and it was the distinctive sound of Duane's guitar that inspired me to pick up the instrument in the first place. It's a difficult decision to make, and I don't make it lightly."
Trucks says he plans to focus on the Tedeschi Trucks Band, his namesake project with his wife, blues singer-guitarist Susan Tedeschi.
It will certainly be interesting to see which guitarists get the call for these coveted spots.