'50th Anniversary Celebration of The Allman Brothers Band': When and where to watch, ticket price and other details about the historic concert
The surviving members of the Allman Brothers Band came together in March this year as The Brothers for an acclaimed, sold-out, one-night-only show celebrating 50 years of the iconic American band's legacy at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The show was, essentially, one of the last major music events that occurred before a global lockdown prompted organizers to cancel shows one after the other in order to comply with the Covid-19 social distancing measures.
After the massively successful concert and the subsequent lockdown, it became hard to tell when anyone would get to see their favorite acts like again. But the industry was quick to find workarounds, and live streams and virtual concerts became the new norm. In keeping with the times, The Brothers' March concert is now available online and will be re-broadcast this weekend for fans to relive that magical night. Here's everything you need to know about it.
The Brothers' '50th Anniversary Celebration of The Allman Brothers Band' concert took place on Tuesday, March 10. In partnership with Nugs.net -- the leading live music platform for concert recordings and live streams -- the concert is now available for purchase on Nugs.tv in HD or stunning 4K, and will be rebroadcast from Friday, July 3 at 8 pm EST to Sunday, July 5. Those who purchase the webcast will also be able to enjoy the show on demand for 48 hours upon first viewing.
About The Brothers
The Allman Brothers Band played their first show on March 26, 1969, and went on to embark on a Hall Of Fame career, which came to a close with their final performance on October 28, 2014, at the Beacon Theatre in New York City. The Brothers are all the surviving members of the final ABB lineup: drummer Jaimoe, guitarists Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks, bassist Oteil Burbridge and percussionist Marc Quinones. Reese Wynans was a member of Second Coming, a band that pre-dated the formation of The Allman Brothers Band by just months and included Duane Allman, Dickey Betts, Berry Oakley, Butch Trucks, and Jaimoe. Duane Truck is Derek's little brother, whose uncle was ABB co-founder Butch Trucks. Duane is currently a drummer for Widespread Panic. Chuck Leavell was first heard by ABB fans on Gregg's first solo album, 'Laid Back', and joined the Allmans full-time in 1973 through their first hiatus in 1976.
What to expect
The nearly-four-hour Madison Square Garden extravaganza features re-edited and remixed video and audio that will give home viewers the best seat in the house for this historic concert and allow them to experience the music of The Allman Brothers in an entirely new way. Nugs.net and The Brothers are also offering fans the ability to enjoy the audio from the show in Sony's 360 Reality Audio. The unique format provides subscribers of Nugs.net Hi-Fi the ability to hear the show as if they are there during the performance. Brad Serling, Nugs.net Founder and CEO, states, "We could not be more thrilled about the opportunity to work with The Brothers on this PPV from MSG. The music that these performers helped to create is so incredibly special. We are very thankful to be able to help share this performance with ABB fans around the planet."
The show earned rave reviews from several publications. Billboard's Alan Paul called it "superb," adding, "From the first note to the last in the four-plus-hour performance, the band played with urgency, intensity, and creativity, breathing fire into one of rock's greatest catalogs...With virtually no interruptions even for guitar changes and few words said, they played marvelously well together, veering effortlessly into modern jazz, deep blues, and Indian ragas before falling right back onto the riff every time. It was exactly the type of tight but loose musical focus that made the Allman Brothers the best, hardest-hitting improvisational rock band of all time." Rolling Stone's David Browne stated the "homage to the Allmans legacy" was aking to a "musical wake: an inspiring and often moving send-off to a band and the genre it pioneered." Goldmine's Ray Chelstowski shared, "Fifty years later one legendary room found a way to gather almost 20,000 people and get them to boogie once more to the music of legends and the magic of peaches and mushrooms," and that is essentially what most can expect from the virtual iteration of the show as well.
In a post-show interview with the Wall Street Journal, Jaimoe shared, "It just felt like no BS, and all about music and love...I wanted to play music with my brothers. Everyone else is paying homage to the Allman Brothers music-and some of us are still here." In an interview with American Songwriter, Haynes said, "It was a very surreal night I think for all of us. It would have been under normal circumstances. But as we got closer and closer to show date, we were all wondering if we're going to be allowed to play. We barely got in under the wire and then the next couple of days, they basically starting shutting down everything and canceling shows everywhere. It's very bizarre that we turned out to be the last big show like that." Speaking with RollingStone.com, Trucks recalled, "When we first got to New York about a week before, there were no restrictions and no one was really thinking about [the virus] too much. I was being OCD with Purell, but you eat out; you're on the road and that's what you do." Haynes also shared, "From a musical standpoint, the band sounded wonderful. But there was so much more at play," a sentiment Trucks echoed, stating, "...a thousand things go through your head...We were doing four days of rehearsals and everyone was playing that music for the first time in a while and telling stories and remembering people we'd lost. You're kind of in two different worlds. You're of two minds. If you postpone six or eight months, you never know how it's going to be between now and then. But it also felt like one of the last moments for a long time when people would be able to suspend reality and let go."
The Brothers' March 10, 2020 show included some classics and fan-favorites, so make sure you're ready to sing along! Here's the full setlist for the show:
'Don't Want You No More/ It's Not My Cross To Bear'
'Trouble No More'
'Don't Keep Me Wonderin''
'Black Hearted Woman'
'Come and Go Blues'
'Ain't Wasting Time No More'
'Every Hungry Woman'
'In Memory of Elizabeth Reed'
'No One to Run With'
'One Way Out'
Pricing and tickets
Tickets for the '50th Anniversary Celebration of The Allman Brothers Band' webcast are priced at $12.99 (HD), $19.99 (4K), $19.99 (HD+MP3), and $29.99 (4K+MP3). If you ordered the HD or 4K webcast on March 10, you can watch it for free. You can also watch the re-edited HD or 4K video from MSG on July 3, 4, 5, then access the 48-hour VOD starting Monday. To order webcast and MP3 bundles, downloads, and CDs or for more information about the Pay-Per-View, visit Nugs.net or go HERE.
Where to watch
The Brothers' show at Madison Square Garden will be re-broadcast on July 3 via Nugs.tv, the leading source for official live music from the largest touring artists in the world. Founded in 1997 as a fan site for downloading live music, Nugs.net has since gone on to distribute recordings of concerts from Metallica, Pearl Jam, Phish, Jack White, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bruce Springsteen, and many others. The platform offers downloads, CDs, webcasts, and are the only streaming service dedicated to live music, delivering exclusive live content to millions of fans daily. Nugs.net is available on iOS, Android, AppleTV, Sonos, BluOS, and Desktop. Visit Nugs.net or get the app at nugs.net/app.