Two long-term, key members to depart the Allmans at the end of 2014
“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,” wrote Haynes and Trucks in a joint statement.
Haynes first joined the band in 1989 at the age of 28, while Trucks joined in 1999 at age 19.
Earlier this year the Allmans announced plans for commemorating their 45th-anniversary that include a string of dates in March as well as several archival releases.
In the statement, Haynes went on to say:
“The original version of the band was a huge influence on me and I’m sure that the countless hours spent listening to and studying that music helped shape me as a musician. As proud as I am of being a member of such a legendary band, I’m even more proud of the music that we’ve made together and of being a part of carrying their original vision into the future.”
Trucks also added:
“When I started with ABB, I didn’t know how long it would last, only that I would let the music lead me and teach me. Amazingly that led me past the band’s 40th anniversary, to the band’s 45th, and now my 15th year as a member of this incredible band. Five years ago the 45th seemed like a lofty goal, but I thought if we could make it to that milestone it would be a logical time to move on.”
As for the band’s long term plans, it remains to be seen as to whether the 66-year-old Gregg Allman will have the energy to recruit new members, with the idea of the band retiring a genuine possibility.