Bring back Dickey!
What's is been, ten years? Sometime ago, the Allman Brothers fired singer/ guitarist Dickey Betts. When I say 'the Allman Brothers', I mean two people. The Allman Brothers are Dickey Betts and Greg Allman. Of course there are others in the band (like the fucking phenomenal Warren Haynes), but Dickey and Greg wrote and sing all the songs. In my experience (I have seen them near 20 times), the band split the singing duties about half and half. When the Allman's fired Dickey, they lost half their catalogue immediately.
Blue Sky, Seven Turns, Jessica, too many great songs to mention, are all gone from the live Allman Brothers catalogue. So, what happened to Dickey? Well, I remember when it happened, and he seemed as surprised as me. It was something like he got a fax from the band saying 'his services would no longer be needed'. The issue was this, his drinking. Dickey had a drinking problem. In fact, one year I went to see them in Buffalo (Darien Lake) and Dickey wasn't there. Greg Allman said something about him being in jail, not much else. I can kinda see why a band may need to fire someone because of substance abuse problems. It holds everybody back.
That isn't to say they Allmans suffer without him. Hittin' the Note is the best studio Allmans in 20 years. From what I understand, that album was entirely Warren Haynes' work.
I grew up watching Greg on the left, Dickey in the center, and Warren on the right. Every show started with Statesboro Blues, always. I want that back.
Thing is this > we are talking about the Allman Brothers. I mean, getting kicked out of the Allman's for drinking is like getting kicked out of Prince's band for 'being weird'. It's like Jesse Jackson telling you that you are a camera hog. It's like Sheriff Joe telling you to ease up on the prisoners. The Allmans are a drinking band, and they play drinking music. It's a fact.
Dickey is still around, doing his Allman's songs with his new band 'The Great Southern'. They are good, I have a DVD of them. They aren't great, though.
Ten years is a long time to teach someone a lesson. Please bring Dickey back!