Gregg Allman is enjoying his own sort of “Revival” over the past two years.
He began last year by releasing his seventh solo album and first in 13 years. He released his memoirs titled “My Cross to Bear” in May.
Now he is back on his feet following a liver transplant and ready to get back on the stage.
Allman will be hitting the stage at the Bell Auditorium in Augusta on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
“I'm just now getting back on my feet after four surgeries,” said Allman, who is currently in New York preparing for the start of his tour.
“They really cut a lot and stitched a lot. Your body goes through a really traumatic thing ... you turn into a temporary diabetic. I'm just starting to feel like my old self”
Allman, 64, underwent a liver transplant in 2010, forcing him to take a few years away from the stage to recover.
He was also forced to delay the release of his album, “Low Country Blues.”
But a rejuvenated Allman has been itching for the chance to get back out and perform, and audiences couldn't be more excited.
“I have endless energy, well, it's not endless, I'm not moving quite as fast,” Allman joked. “I feel real good right now.”
“You feel inside like you can (perform), but you just can't. You want to so bad and so much time passes, you start doubting after a while.”
As a founding member of The Allman Brothers Band along with his late brother Duane Allman, Gregg has continued the tradition of playing famous Allman Brothers songs such as “Melissa” and “Midnight Rider” along with some of his great solo work, including “I'm No Angel.”
Instead of taking it slow upon returning to center stage, Allman has had a full plate this year. He went on the interview circuit in the spring, making stops at places like “The Colbert Report” to promote his book.
The highly regarded memoir is something Allman said he had been working on since the early 1980s. He didn't pull any punches either, telling stories of drug addiction and failed marriage.
But after that media blitz, Allman would finally find himself back on stage, playing festivals such as Southern Ground Music and Food Festival in Nashville last month.
“It is very crazy, the good kind of crazy,” Allman said.
His solo tour officially kicks off this week with stops in New York and Connecticut, before heading back home to the South. Allman lives just south of Savannah, a place he has called home for decades.
“We just had rehearsal at my house last week, it just fits us,” Allman said. “That always rejuvenates everyone. Happiness is in a new song.”
Tickets for Wednesday's concert are still available at $35 and $45.50. They can be purchased by visiting www.augustaentertainmentcomplex.org.
Chris Walsh is the arts and entertainment reporter for the Aiken Standard. He graduated from Valdosta State University and hails from Atlanta.
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