Co-founding Allman Brothers Band guitarist Dickey Betts has postponed his upcoming summer dates after suffering a “mild stroke.” The 74-year-old Betts, who was forced out of the Allmans back in 2000, is best remembered for his timeless contributions including “Blue Sky,” “In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed,” “Ramblin' Man,” and the instrumental “Jessica.” He had just announced string of concerts set for the fall.
On Saturday, August 25th, an official statement was posted on DickeyBetts.com, which reads in full:
For Immediate Release:
Citing health concerns, Dickey Betts has been forced to postpone the next three dates that he was scheduled to perform on August 28th at the Great New York State Fair in Syracuse, NY; August 30th at the Toyota Oakdale Theater in Wallingford, CT; and August 31 at the Casino Ballroom in Hampton Beach, NH.
Betts, a Grammy-winning guitarist, singer and songwriter, and a founding member of the Allman Brothers Band, had recently experienced what his doctors called a “mild stroke.” Yesterday, after describing to his physicians certain post-stroke repercussions, he was strongly advised to give himself more time to recuperate.
Doctors have assured Betts that after three to five weeks he will be 100 percent recovered and can resume his touring schedule.
“Dickey really regrets that he can’t be there for his fans,” says his manager David Spero “but he has to take care of his health first.”
Betts is hoping to work with promoters to reschedule the dates in Wallingford, CT, and in Hampton Beach, NH. His tour is expected to resume November 1st at the Bell Auditorium in Augusta, GA.
Joining Betts in the current lineup of his band are his son Duane Betts on guitar, bassist Pedro Arevalo, drummers Frankie Lombardi and Steve Camilleri as well as guitarist Damon Fowler and keyboardist Mike Kach.