The Allman Brothers Band call 2012 ‘The Year of the Peach’

Rock icons The Allman Brothers Band are set to celebrate the 40th anniversary of their 1972 live album ‘Eat a Peach’ in a big way by dubbing the entire 2012 year as “The Year of the Peach.”

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees are scheduled to kick off the 2012 year with Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award honoring them for the “contributions of outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording.” 

The event will take place Saturday, February 11 during Grammy Week in Los Angeles and the group will be mentioned on the Sunday, February 12 national TV broadcast.

In a press release, band co-founder Butch Trucks stated: “It’s shaping up to be a great year. We just wanted to make music that was honest and play it for friends, which is pretty much what we’ve done.  It’s an honor to be able to be recognized like this.”

Following the Grammy Awards, the band will take the stage for their annual residency at New York City’s Beacon Theatre - where they are expected to perform 10 shows beginning Friday, March 9. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday, January 6. 

The Allman Brothers Band have performed over 200 sold out Beacon Shows since they began the March tradition in 1989.  Their 2003 run was captured on the gold-selling ‘Live at the Beacon Theatre DVD’ and the ‘One Way Out’ CD - which features the Grammy-nominated track “Instrumental Illness.”

In April, the group returns to Live Oak, FL, where they will host their 8th annual WANEE FESTIVAL on April 19-21.  The full line-up for the three-day festival has yet to be confirmed but previous artists have included Widespread Panic, Robert Plant & Band of Joy, Steve Miller, the Black Keys, O.A.R., Levon Helm, Buddy Guy, Little Feat, Bob Weir, Stephen Stills, Gov’t Mule and the Derek Trucks Band.

In 2011, the group aligned with Entertainment One Music to market two signature band-owned labels: PEACH RECORDS for the sales of its previous Sanctuary label releases and new live recordings of the current band as well as the Allman Brothers Band Recording Company for the release of archival recordings featuring the original line-up including the late Duane Allman and Berry Oakley.

Here are the confirmed New York City Beacon Theatre dates:

Fri 3/9
Sat 3/10
Tues 3/13
Weds 3/14
Fri 3/16
Sat 3/17
Tues 3/20
Weds 3/21
Sat 3/24
Sun 3/25

Further Reading on M&C

The Allman Brothers Band Biography - - The Allman Brothers Band Movies -