After announcing plans for retirement a few weeks ago, former Allman Brothers guitarist, Dickey Betts, announces plans to come out of retirement for a 2018 tour, according to the Dickey Betts website.
Although tour details have not been finalized, his manager David Spero said, “It is a birthday present to himself.” Betts turned 74 years old yesterday.
The 2018 tour dates will feature setlists with songs written by Gregg Allman, whose credits include, “Midnight Rider” Melissa” and “Whipping Post.”
The Dickey Betts website quoted him as saying, “The fans deserve to hear a few of Gregg’s songs as well so I’m pulling out some classics.”
The Dickey Betts Band in 2018 will feature Dickey and his son Duane Betts sharing lead guitar.
Dickey Betts is an American guitarist, singer, songwriter, and composer and is known for being a founding member of the Allman Brothers Band. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 and with the band won a best rock performance Grammy Award for his instrumental, “Jessica” in 1996. He is regarded as one of the greatest rock guitar players of all time.