During a recent interview with Rolling Stone about the Allman Brothers’ forthcoming Beacon Theatre residency, band leader Gregg Allman made some comments that have caused a bit of stir.
While discussing the group’s lineup, Allman said of bassist Oteil Burbridge, “Oteil’s not with us anymore. I don’t know if he’ll be back to the Beacon or not. He’s gone with Zac Brown."
Now, Burbridge, who has been with the band since 1997, has responded to Allman’s statement, and it sounds like his supposed departure from ABB is news to him!
In a New Year’s post on his official website, Burbridge wrote:
“Wow, what a surprise to wake up on the first day of 2014 to a wildfire in the rumor mill! For the record…. It was an amazing experience recording and playing with the Zac Brown Band and with Dave Grohl in November. It was an awesome time and a reunion of sorts for me with old friends Chris Fryar, Penn Robertson, and Eric Pretto (the drummer, bass tech and guitar tech for ZBB, respectively) who I’ve known for over a decade. I am proud to be part Zac’s record.”
He continued, “2014 will mark the beginning of my 16th year with the Allman Brothers and as we celebrate the bands 45th anniversary, it reminds me what a huge part of my musical life this incredible band has been. I’m really grateful and proud to be such a big part of the ABB history. And we ain’t done yet!”
While Gregg Allman has yet to explain his comments, drummer Butch Trucks echoed Burbridge’s statements with a post on Facebook (via JamBands.com), in which he wrote, “Apparently there was a quote from Gregg in Rolling Stone that Oteil is no longer playing with the ABB. I have no idea where that came from but it is absolute BS. Oteil was offered a gig with another band but he turned it down. He is as much the bass player with the Allman brothers today as he has ever been. Please don’t spread this crap. Does no one any good.”
Meanwhile, the Allman Brothers Band will kick off their latest string of concerts at the Beacon Theatre later this year, with 10 shows scheduled between March 7 and March 22.
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