Gregg Allman cancels tour due to illness

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Doctors have ordered Gregg Allman, the Southern rock legend and frontman of the Allman Brothers Band, to cancel a series of upcoming tour dates because of a respiratory infection.

He will require several days of hospitalization and four to six weeks of bed rest, so the 13 dates scheduled between August 26 and September 15 have been called off. Allman will still play the famous Sturgis Rally in South Dakota tonight, and he hopes to make up the canceled dates later in the year.

This is the latest in a long line of health-related issues for the 63-year-old Allman, who has Hepatitis C and is still recovering from a liver transplant he received last year. He had already canceled a series of shows in Europe back in June thanks to the same respiratory ailment. “His doctor hoped that with rest he’d get better, but unfortunately the issue has persisted,” Allman’s publicist said in a statement released yesterday. “Treatment is going to involve several days of hospitalization and 4-6 weeks of bed rest at home.”

Get well soon, Gregg! The man who wrote “Midnight Rider” deserves a little rest anyway. And hey—it will give you time to work on that undoubtedly-wild memoir.

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  • whuzz

    For a sec, thought it said cancelled due to oldness

  • saint of E. 69th st.

    he pooped on cher when they were together..kinky..very kinky….an editor who is working on book w/him notes…

    • a million times, no!!!

      TMI. T. M. I.

  • Marcia grant

    Just saw Gregg at Buffalo Chip SD outside of Sturgis. He sounded wonderfu! Had no idea he wasn’t well. I got tears when he sang “These Days” . His voice is rich and melodic as ever!!! If any of his people read this: o brought my album “Laid Back” which I purchase in 1974 when I was 14 yrs. Old hoping to have him sign it, but couldn’t get through…. All the way from California this multi-colored lady is in the Denver airport goin’ back home and taking my unsigned album with me. Get better Gregg!!! And I will check you out we are ever in the same town together again!!! Love you!

    • abrothersfan

      I know what you mean about “These Days”. Got my picture taken with him and my Laid Back album signed in Huntsville Al. in 2005. Loifetime dream comes true!!!!!

  • Brenda Mox

    Is this respiratory illness in any way related to the Hep C? I too have this disease so I send to you Gregg my very best wishes for recovery. I absolutely LOVE your music and have since the early 1970’s.

    • TODD BRENNAN

      Please email me. It pertians to your post about hep-c

  • Georgia

    Hope you get well soon. We will miss you in New York this year.

  • Michael

    Over the years Gregg has grown from a brash Southern rocker to become one of the best white boys to ever sing the blues. Damn Hep-C laced tattoo needle almost killed him. Get well Gregg. We all need your music and your inspiration in our lives!

  • Kathy

    I AM PRAYING FOR YOU TO GET WELL VERY, VERY SOON GREGG. LOOKING SOOO FORWARD TO SEEING YOU IN OK AT THE END OF THE YR. BEEN IN LOVE WITH THIS MAN FOR ALMOST 40 YRS. GOD BLESS

  • marge

    Get well Gregg, we are sad we wont be seeing you at art park hope you get better soon.Linda says hi and hope to see you soon.

  • Tongti Longkumer

    Greg Allman is synonymous to Southern Rock which is a blessing to people like us who grew up with their genre of music. Get well soon and make more beautiful music for us like you always do!

  • grace

    you go Gregg, best blues man ever in history, we love ya,

  • cindy magnone

    I met you once in Wheeling WV….a chance encounter in the middle of the street…..after the show….you were walking to the hotel with a female entourage member and you were kind enough to stop in the middle of the street and sign an autograph on a small scrap of paper for me..what a sweety! take care of you!

  • TODD BRENNAN

    I worry about Gregory. I hoped a new liver didnt make him think this liver had new life on it so he could start partying again

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