Former Allman Brothers Band guitarist Warren Haynes has confirmed that rumors of Gregg Allman's demise have indeed been greatly exaggerated.
Allman has canceled all of his live performances for 2017 and earlier this week was rumored to be in hospice care, though he refuted that in a Facebook message. Now Haynes tells us that he and fellow Allmans guitarist Derek Trucks paid a visit to Allman "a few days ago" in Savannah, Ga., saying that reports of Allman being on death's door are "not the case, from my perspective. We had not seen him in awhile, so it was good to catch up. We just kind of told stories for a few hours and gave him positive thoughts."
Allman had reportedly sent out emails to the other Allmans last year about possibly reuniting for something in the near future, but Haynes poured some cold water on those plans, especially in light of drummer Butch Trucks' death in January.
"I didn't even see it happening again before Butch died, and especially after that I would pretty much close the door on it," the guitarist says.
Haynes is, in fact, gearing up for the June 9 release of Revolution Come...Revolution Go, the 10th studio album by his band Gov't Mule.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.