Commemorating the Allman Brothers Band’s golden anniversary at Madison Square Garden, this film features performances from the group’s surviving members and long-time musical associates. Guitarists Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks lead the charge through an extended set.
Can a band develop such a strong personality that its character remains even when core members are replaced? To put it another way, can the Allman Brothers Band still sound like it should when it contains no brothers named Allman?
Groundbreakers innovate and originate. They’re the artists by whom we measure music’s before-and-after evolution. There was reggae before Lee “Scratch” Perry and reggae music after Lee “Scratch” Perry, acid-rock before and after Pink Floyd, guitar playing before and after Jimi Hendrix. They’re among the groundbreakers who build new roads for all who come after to travel.
It’s fascinating to watch great artists evolve over long and prolific careers. But what of the artists who die young? When the greats don’t live long enough to see their 50th birthday, let alone their 40th or 30th, we all feel the loss. Whether it’s John Lennon, John Coltrane, Jeff Buckley or countless other talents who died prematurely, it’s not just their families and friends who mourn the loss, but the world.