Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks, both guitarists in the Allman Brothers Band, announced Wednesday evening in a joint statement that they will be leaving the band at the end of the year. Although not founding members, Haynes and Trucks have played prominent roles in the band for the past 25 and 15 years. They plan to concentrate on their solo projects and to spend more time with their families.
“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,” said 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.”
2014 marks the 45th Anniversary for the Allman Brothers Band and this Friday they will perform alongside an all-star line-up of musicians at the Fox Theater in Atlanta as part of a tribute concert for founding member Gregg Allman, who still sings and plays keyboards in the band, but has been suffering from health problems in recent years. In March, they’ll take the stage for their annual 10-show run at the Beacon Theater in New York.
Haynes joined the band in 1989 at the age of 28 and plays in his own band, Gov’t Mule. Trucks, who joined 10 years later at age 19 and is the nephew of original member Butch Trucks, fronts the Derek Trucks Band and plays in the Tedeschi Trucks Band with his wife Susan Tedeschi.
“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,” said Haynes. “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.”
“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,” said Trucks. “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.”
The band is left with Allman, drummers Butch Trucks and Jaimoe, percussionist Marc Quiñones and bassist Oteil Burbridge. No announcement has been made yet on the future of the band and if Haynes and Trucks will be replaced.