Warren Haynes & Derek Trucks to leave Allman Brothers Band

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The Allman Brothers Band will celebrate their 45th anniversary this year but when the year comes to a close, longtime guitarist Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks will leave the band. The two announced their departure in a joint announcement, citing a desire to focus on other musical projects.

“For 25 years and 15 years respectively, we’ve had the honor and pleasure of playing, living, learning, and traveling with the Allman Brothers Band, one of the truly legendary rock and roll bands,” stated Haynes and Trucks. “We will be forever grateful for the opportunity and the experience, and for the love, enthusiasm, and support of the incredible fans. We are both preparing to dig even deeper into our various creative and musical endeavors and, as a result, 2014 will be our final year as part of the band.”

Haynes was recruited by former guitarist Dickey Betts to join The Allman Brothers Band in 1989 for their reunion tour with no promises for anything further. The move was a rousing success and he remaimed with the band till 1997, when he quit to focus on his other band, Gov’t Mule. However, he returned to the Allman Brothers in 2000, and has since worked on multiple projects.

“As someone who’s been fortunate enough to juggle a lot of musical projects and opportunities I look forward to maintaining a vigorous schedule which will include many more years of touring and recording with Gov’t Mule in addition to my solo projects and to enjoying more family time as well,” explained Haynes in a separate statement. “Being part of the ABB has opened a lot of doors for me and that’s something I don’t take for granted nor do I take for granted the friendship and musical relationships I have with each of the members. The 45th Anniversary of the ABB is a milestone amidst too many highlights to count and I’m looking forward to an amazing year creating music that only the Allman Brothers Band can create.”

Trucks, the nephew of drummer Butch Trucks, joined The Allman Brothers Band in 1999 at the age of 19. Along with his on solo releases, he formed the Tedeschi Trucks Band in 2010 with his wife and Massachusetts native Susan Tedeschi.

“While I’ve shared many magical moments on stage with the Allman Brothers Band in the last decade plus, I feel that my solo project and the Tedeschi Trucks Band is where my future and creative energy lies,” explained Trucks in a separate statement. “The Tedeschi Trucks Band tour schedule keeps growing, and I feel the time has finally come to focus on a single project, which will allow me to spend that rare time off the road with my family and children. It’s a difficult decision to make, and I don’t make it lightly.”

Currently, The Allman Brothers Band have only scheduled their annual series of shows at New York’s Beacon Theatre in March. However, a summer trek is expected to be announced later this spring.

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