Gregg Allman cancels shows due to ‘serious health issues’

Allman Brothers Band founding member Gregg Allman, shown performing in 2015 at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival in Indio, Calif., has canceled multiple appearances because of 'serious health issues.'
(Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times)

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Gregg Allman has canceled his 2016 tour through mid-October, citing “serious health issues” for which he is being treated at the Mayo Clinic.

“I want to thank my fans and friends for supporting me while I rest up and focus on getting better and back on the road as soon as I can,” Allman said in a statement issued Friday. “I’ve been working hard with my band, my pride and joy, to play our music for everyone. We’ll see y’all in October.”

No other information about the nature of his illness was included in the statement.


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He is canceling shows starting with his scheduled appearance Aug. 12 at the Peach Music Festival in Scranton, Pa., through an Oct. 16 stop that had been slated for the Clearwater Jazz Holiday in Florida. Many of his dates are part of a shared bill with ZZ Top, and both acts were also scheduled for an Oct. 6 stop in Los Angeles at the Greek Theatre.

Allman’s statement said he plans to resume live performance on Oct. 29 for his own Laid Back Festival in Atlanta.

Earlier this year, one of Allman’s tour buses crashed en route between shows, causing minor injuries to some of his band members, but Allman was not aboard.

In 2014, he canceled shows three times, one due to a broken wrist, another because he came down with bronchitis and the third for an unspecified illness.

The 68-year-old singer, songwriter and keyboardist was born in Nashville and moved to Daytona Beach, Fla., where he helped pioneer Southern rock as a founding member of the Allman Brothers Band with his brother, guitarist Duane Allman. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995.

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