By: Ed Condron
For: The Asbury Park Press
As Gregg Allman approaches his twilight years, the vocalist-keyboardist is picking his spots. Allman, 62, who has been a road warrior for much of his life, is taking it easier.
"I think I've earned that right," Allman said. "I've knocked down the Allman Brothers dates. I still enjoy it, but traveling is a bitch. There is no other way around it. I love to perform. I love getting up in front of a crowd. It's the greatest but going from city to city is not my favorite thing in the world."
Don't expect Allman to emulate blues legend B.B. King, who can't get enough of the road even though he's a diabetic octogenarian, or country icon Willie Nelson, who is 76 and constantly on tour.
"Good for those guys," Allman said. "If they want to tour at that age, more power to them. Everyone is different. I just don't see doing this as much when I'm really old. But I'm not that old yet so I'm doing some shows."
Allman will be stepping out for his "Gregg Allman and Friends" jaunt, which stops Saturday at Harrah's Resort Atlantic City. He'll be flanked by a bunch of talented pals, including vocalist Floyd Miles, guitarist Scott Sharrard bassist Jerry Jemmott, keyboardist Bruce Katz, saxophonist Jay Collins and drummer Steve Potts.
"We have a great time together," Allman said. "It's a blast."
The Southern rock icon, who has crafted such classics as "Whipping Post" and "Midnight Rider," will deliver the hits as well as the deep album cuts in Atlantic City.
"It's fun to play the songs I've done for all of these years," Allman said. "The only thing is that I can't play everything, because I've been doing this for so long. I've been very fortunate (to have such a deep canon). I've recorded so many songs and done so many shows. It's been great. I have no regrets."
It would be a perfect world for Allman if the fans could travel to his Georgia home as opposed to him hitting the road.
"If the fans could come down South to see me that would be great," Allman said. "But I know that's not going to happen. It's worth going out even with the hassles because I love to perform. It's not about the money. I got ripped off so much when we (The Allman Brothers) were starting out. If it was about the money, I would have quit this a long time ago but this is about the music for me."