Allman Brothers Jam With David Crosby, Graham Nash, Natalie Cole, Phil Lesh + More at Hep C Benefit
What a night.
In support of Gregg Allman's battle with Hepatitis C, the Allman Brothers Band put on a star-studded benefit show at New York's Beacon Theatre. The concert, dubbed "Tune in to Hep C" and broadcast on SiriusXM, featured not only the Brothers' trademark blues jams and the dueling guitars of Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks, but also guest appearances by Natalie Cole, David Crosby and Graham Nash, saxophonist Bill Evans, Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh, Gov't Mule keyboardist Danny Louis and ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons.
The event, which raised $250,000 for the American Liver Foundation and the National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable, began with a video of Allman discussing his disease, which resulted in him needing a liver transplant. The illness certainly hasn't slowed him down -- beginning with 'Don't Want You No More' and 'It's Not My Cross to Bear,' Allman's vocals sounded as strong as ever. The first of the evening's two sets featured some Allmans classics, such as 'One Way Out,' 'Statesboro Blues' and 'In Memory of Elizabeth Reed,' which closed the set and featured lengthy solos by Trucks, Haynes and Evans.
But the show-stopping moments in that set came courtesy of Natalie Cole, who has also battled Hep C. The 61-year-old joined the Brothers to belt out renditions of Sam Cooke's 'A Change Is Gonna Come' and the Band's 'The Weight,' both of which followed the
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