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The Allman Brothers Band

`The Allman Brothers Band` are a Southern / Blues Rock band from America. Here they are photographed & captured in ANALOG from the stage & pit area during their 1980 and 1981 concerts in America. For more information & to follow the band on social media use the following external links.

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The Allman Brothers Band concert pictures ~ Bill O’Leary

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As godfathers of the Southern Rock genre in music, I was looking forward to shooting the band and hopefully getting some great shots. I photographed them twice, once in 1980 touring in support of the “Reach for The Sky” album at the Palladium Theater in lower Manhattan, New York City. Then once again the following year, 1981, touring in support of the “Brothers of the Road” album, where I photographed them at the Capitol Theater in Passaic, New Jersey.

This was a period for the band when they had a new record deal and had reformed after breaking up four years earlier. Two new members were recruited from the Dickey Betts solo band Great Southern, Dan Toler on guitar and David Goldflies on bass. Unfortunately, this was also a time of continued addiction issues with Gregg Allman and Dickey Betts. This reunion period only lasted 3 years before the band broke up once again.

The Palladium Theater  1980

The performance at the Palladium Theater in 1980 was great as I remember, there were many old school original fans from all appearances. They played all of the original band favorites, “Melissa”, “Blue Sky”, “Ramblin’ Man” and of course “Whipping Post”. Dickey Betts was in top form, playing amazing slide guitar passages and picking that amazing southern guitar rock sound he had become legendary for.

Capitol Theater 1981

The 1981 show was quite different, both visually and musically as well. Dickey Betts had cleaned up his appearance with a short haircut, looking as if he were headed to a court appearance. The music, including new single “Straight from the Heart” sounded more modern, and slick. Overall, it was not the classic Allman Brothers Band feel of the year before, and for sure not the feel of the classic era of the band of years earlier.

Location and date of these concert captures 

Palladium Theater / New York / & / Capitol Theater / New Jersey / America / 1980 /81

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