It’s well known that Gregg Allman and Dickey Betts haven’t been on good terms since Betts was fired from the Allman Brothers Band back in 2000, but maybe the two are willing to put the past behind them sooner than later.
Allman recently spoke to The Wall Street Journal and was asked why when he performs “Southbound” live he always mentions that the song was written by Betts. Allman’s answer was simple, but surprising.
“Because he should be credited for writing a very good song,” replied Allman. “Like they say, time heals. I haven’t seen him in a very long time and would be very open to it. In fact, I would love to play with him again.”
Of course, shortly thereafter, Allman clarified with a “…just to jam!” follow-up and that, “We had our ups and down and all our demons…But that’s all way behind us now. There’s nothing at all wrong with forgive and forget.”
While it is nice to hear that Allman would like to bury the hatchet, it would be pretty hard to “forgive and forget” being fired (allegedly via fax, no less) from a band you founded and were a part of for about three decades. I guess while have to wait and see if time really does heal all wounds.
Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock reporter who never leaves home without her iPod, because to her, there’s something very comforting about carrying around every piece of music she’s ever owned in her life.