Allman Brothers founding member and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Gregg Allman has canceled shows through October 16th according to a posting on his website. The post reads:
“Gregg Allman has cancelled all tour dates starting with his appearance at Scranton, PA’s Peach Music Festival on August 12 and going through the Clearwater, FL Jazz Festival on October 16 due to serious health issues. He’s currently under his doctor’s care at the Mayo Clinic.
‘I want to thank my fans and friends for supporting me while I rest up and focus on getting better and back on the road as soon as I can,” Allman says. “I’ve been working hard with my band, my pride and joy, to play our music for everyone. We’ll see y’all in October.’
Allman’s first date back will be a performance at his very own Laid Back Festival at the Lakewood Amphitheatre in Atlanta, GA, on October 29. All dates after that are currently confirmed to take place.”
Allman has experienced several health issues in recent years. Diagnosed in 2007 with hepatitis C, and multiple tumors in his liver in 2008, he was put on the waiting list for a transplant which he received in 2010. In 2011 he recorded his solo masterpiece, Low Country Blues, produced by T-Bone Burnett. 2012 saw him attend rehab to combat addictions following treatment(s) for respiratory issues resulting in lung surgery. His memoir, My Cross to Bear, was released that same year. 2014 saw the final shows by the Allman Brothers Band after 45 years of recording and touring.
On the advice of his doctors, Allman has slowed down a bit and attempted to live a healthier lifestyle including practicing a gluten-free vegan diet. This past May, he was awarded an honorary doctorate of humanities from Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, by former President Jimmy Carter.
Our thoughts and prayers are with him, and we wish him a speedy recovery.