last time i saw them was a year ago on my night off from furthur. as crazy as it sounds, it was exactly one year ago because the 19 was woosta and 20 21 were the garden. anyways, i don't know if i was spoiled rotten from all the furthur or what but i just could not get down to the allman brothers like i used to. they sounded so bad, it was in the orpheum in bahston. gregg was rough it was a derek trucks fest which i'm not complaining but i wanted to get some semi-authentic group sound. one of the drummers (jaimo i believe) was doing nothing. the crowd was standing still all night i was the only person dancing in the balcony i lit up a pipe and a couple next to me asked me what the hell i was doing, everybody staring. "i thought this was an allman brothers concert"
They're definitely capable of off nights. Saw one of the shows at the Beacon this spring. First set wasn't much -- everything felt out of synch. Second set was much, much better. Honestly, I haven't been as big a fan since Dickey Betts left. It just doesn't seem as authentic. However, Fillmore East is one of my desert island discs and I wouldn't miss this for the world.