The Allman Brothers Band is currently on their 45th anniversary year but are set to lose two members by the end of 2014. Guiatrists Derek Trucks and Warren Haynes will be leaving the band to pursue other projects. Haynes has been a part of the Allman Brothers for 25 years but also is in the band Gov’t Mule. Trucks performs in the band Tedeschi Trucks Band.
Here is the joint statement on leaving:
“We will be forever grateful for the opportunity and the experience, and for the love, enthusiasm, and support of the incredible fans. We are both preparing to dig even deeper into our various creative and musical endeavors; and, as a result, 2014 will be our final year as part of the band.”
“I joined the Allman Brothers Band in 1989 at age 28 for a reunion tour, with no promise or expectations of it going any further. Based on the uncanny chemistry we decided to continue and see where it all led. Now, here we are, 25 years later, and it has been an amazing experience.
“Being part of the ABB has opened a lot of doors for me and that’s something I don’t take for granted. The 45th anniversary is a milestone amidst too many highlights to count – I’m looking forward to an amazing year creating music that only the Allman Brothers Band can create.”
“I got the call to join at the age of 19. I leapt at the chance. I didn’t know how long it would last, only that I would let the music lead me and teach me.
“While I’ve shared many magical moments I feel that my solo project and the Tedeschi Trucks Band is where my future and creative energy lies. It’s a difficult decision to make, and I don’t make it lightly. Now seems like a good time to go out on a high note and in the mutual respect and friendship of the other six members.”