Guitarist DICKEY BETTS 'Calls It A Career.'

Original ABB Member/Guitarist hadn't played w/ band since 2000.

November 28, 2017

Brigida Soriano

DICKEY BETTS, original member of The Allman Brothers Band, author of some of their most widely known and popular songs (Ramblin' Man, Jessica, Blue Sky, Revival, In Memory of Elizabeth Reed), has told Rolling Stone Magazine that 'My career is over.' Betts has not performed with The ABB since he was asked to leave the band back in 2000, after repeated incidents with his (bad) behavior while drinking. He was invited back to play with The Allmans at their 40th Anniversary stand at the Beacon Theater in NYC, but he declined, leaving the band and their manager, Burt Holman, with mixed feelings. Mr. Holman said, "On one level, we were disappointed. On another, we were relieved. It was going to be a tense moment."  Dickey Betts has not performed with his own band in more than 3 years, and the legendary axe slinger considers himself to be 'retired.' With the deaths earlier in 2017 of ABB members Gregg Allman and Butch Trucks, Dickey Betts and (drummer) Jaimoe are the sole remaining members of the groundbreaking, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame band, and at age 73, Dickey faces the twilight of his career and his life, lamenting, "Everyone wishes they could be young forever. But I feel like I did my work, and I'm not gonna do anything that's gonna top what I'm known for. So why don't you just stay home?" I've had a great life and I don't have any complaints," he says. "I don't know what I would've done to make it different. There are lawsuits I probably could have dealt with better. But so what? You do the best with your amount of time."                          Rock On, Dickey Betts!