Could an Allman Brothers–Dickey Betts reunion be in the future?
Gregg Allman told the Wall Street Journal on July 29 that he’d love to play again with the former Allman Brothers guitarist, who was fired from the group in 2000. And now Betts has replied that he’s open to the idea.
“I have no problem with Gregg, never have,” Betts told the Herald-Tribune in Sarasota, Florida, which reported the news on Wednesday, August 5. “Sure, it would be fun to play with him again. We’ll see where it goes.”
Betts cofounded the Allman Brothers Band in 1969, and together with guitarist Duane Allman forged one of the great guitar tandems in rock and roll. He assumed more of a leadership role in the band following Duane’s death, in 1971, and the death of bassist Berry Oakley the following year.
But after missing several tour dates throughout the mid-to-late Nineties, Betts was notified by fax that he was suspended from the group and would not be joining the Allmans on their Summer Campaign Tour 2000.
Betts eventually filed a lawsuit against Gregg Allman and drummers Butch Trucks and Jaimoe Johanson—the other three surviving founding members of the group—and was subsequently fired.
But as Allman said of Betts to the Wall Street Journal, “Time heals. I haven’t seen him in a very long time and would be very open to it. In fact, I would love to play with him again.”
Allman didn’t specify if he meant a private or public outing. The Allman Brothers broke up last October, and tomorrow, Friday, August 7, Allman will release a new album and DVD, Live: Back to Macon, GA, that he recorded in January 2014 with his solo group.
For now, keep your fingers crossed for a Allman–Betts reunion (preferably public and with the involvement of the other members). And in the meantime, enjoy this particularly inspired performance of “One Way Out,” featuring Betts, from 1991.