Allman Brothers Band Channels Late Founder as Final Show Approaches

October 29, 2014 11:55 AM

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Allman Brothers Band Channels Late Founder as Final Show Approaches

When the Allman Brothers Band take the stage for what they say will be their final show ever tonight at the Beacon Theatre, their current lineup will have been together for almost 15 years, the longest iteration in the group’s 45-year career. But someone who has been gone for over four decades will also play an oversize role: Duane Allman, the band’s founder and visionary leader, who died in a motorcycle crash on Oct. 29, 1971.

Duane was just 24 years old and the Allman Brothers Band had been together less than three years and was just on the verge of commercial success. The guitarist was every bit as much a victim of his times and lifestyle as Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison. Unlike them, however, Duane’s musi...

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