The Allman Brothers Band's former guitarist Dickey Betts to undergo brain surgery
Dickey Betts' condition is critical but stable, reports say. He is currently at a Florida hospital set to undergo a brain surgery on Friday
The Allman Brothers Band's founding member and guitarist Dickey Betts is set to undergo brain surgery on Friday after suffering an accidental head injury. He is currently at a Florida hospital and although critical, is reportedly in a stable condition. The freak accident occurred in his Sarasota home when he accidentally fell and hurt his head while playing with his dog. His head is said to be in a swollen condition and he will reportedly undergo the surgery on Friday. Betts is known for singing some of The Allman Brothers Band's most iconic hits like 'Ramblin' Man' and 'Blue Sky'.
Betts' manager David Spero reportedly said, "It was just a few days ago that Dickey was telling me how excited he was to get back in front of the fans on November 1. It is very unfortunate, for all involved, that we need to cancel those shows. Please add Dickey into your thoughts and prayers. I’ll keep everyone updated on his expected progress." The Allman Brothers Band also wished him a speedy recovery, "Please say a prayer for brother Dickey."
Betts had earlier postponed his shows in August after suffering from a stroke. The 74-year-old singer pushed back three dates, where he was to play in Syracuse, New York, on doctor's orders. In a statement posted on his website, he had a "mild stroke". "Yesterday, after describing to his physicians certain post-stroke repercussions, he was strongly advised to give himself more time to recuperate. Doctors have assured Betts that after three to five weeks he will be 100 percent and can resume his touring schedule," the statement said. At the time, his manager had also added, "Dickey really regrets that he can’t be there for his fans but he has to take care of his health first."
This tour was set to be Betts' big comeback after a three-year gap. He recently rocked out at the Peach Music Festival in July. Betts played in The Allman Brothers Band between 1969 and 2000. He was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Allman Brothers Band in 1995.