by Alisha Jackson
How many years does a band have to be apart in order to consider their next tour a “reunion”? Apparently three, if you’re the Allman Brothers.
Former bassist of the band, and current bassist for Dead and Company, Oteil Burbridge, is scheduled to go on tour with Allman alumni Butch Trucks, Jaimoe Johnson, Marc Quinones, and Jack Pearson as “Les Brers” later this year. By next year, a full Allman Brothers reunion could be in the works.
“Oh, yeah, I’m always waiting for that call,” Burbridge said to the San Diego Union-Tribune about a classic Allman Brothers reunion. “Gregg (Allman) texted us not long ago, saying: ‘Hey, maybe we should start thinking about getting something together in 2017.’ I said: Hey, man, I’m here! Holler at me!’”
“I think the original guys have been talking,” he added. “We’ll see what happens.”
It’s been two years since the Allman Brothers played their final gig, a decision which Warren Haynes said was “something that the entire band was talking about for several years.” “We all agreed that the 45th anniversary would be the last year,” he told WZLX. According to Haynes, the band wanted to avoid being viewed as a “nostalgia act.” “Luckily, we haven’t reached that point [of becoming a nostalgia act], but I think everybody knows that eventually it would, and that’s why we all came together and said ‘Let’s pick a time.'”
Perhaps the band picked the wrong time?