I’ve seen the Allmans many times over the years, but this may be the best show I saw them perform. In 1992, the band had a really solid lineup:
- Gregg Allman
- Dickey Betts
- Warren Haynes
- Butch Trucks
- Jaimoe Johanson
- Allen Woody
- Johnny Neel
I had gone up to New York to visit friends, and before heading up there from Florida, my friend Susan asked if I liked the Allman Brothers. “Ummm… YEAH!” So her and her boyfriend got tickets for all of us to go see them at the Meadowlands in New Jersey. I was pretty psyched, but I got even more excited when I found out that Jeff Healy was the opener. As a guitarist, I was much impressed by Healy’s guitar work. He was visually impaired, so he would sit in a chair and lay his guitar across his lap, and wail like a goddamn banshee. Sadly, he died on March 2, 2008 at the age of 41.
Anyway, we battled the insane traffic and made it to the show. It was jam packed with people. The concert was being held in an “amphitheater” outside the football stadium, and it was a zoo. But the Jeff Healy Band came out and stoked the crowd. (Wish I was able to find the setlist.)
Next, the Allmans took the stage. Sadly, Warren Haynes was absent for the first several songs (he was stuck in traffic). But the band rocked on and eventually Warren joined them on stage.
About halfway through the set, Jeff Healy came out and joined the Allmans for a few songs, which was incredible. Healy’s slide work really meshed well with the Allmans.
I was really grateful I did not have to deal with the traffic afterwards. I was pretty rocked out, so I crashed in the back seat and woke up when we got back out to Long Island.
Here is the Allman Brothers’ setlist.
- Don’t Want You No More
- It’s Not My Cross To Bear
- Statesboro Blues
- Blue Sky
(Note: First 4 songs without Warren)
- Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’
- Nobody Knows
- End Of The Line
- Seven Turns
- Midnight Rider
- Ramblin’ Man
- Goin’ Down the Road Feelin’ Bad
- Hoochie Coochie Man (w/Jeff Healy)
- Southbound (w/Jeff Healy)
- Get On With Your Life
- Whipping Post