UNDERGOES LIVER TRANSPLANT
TOUR PLANS ON HOLD UNTIL ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAMER
As part of his continued recovery from Hepatitis C, rock and roll icon GREGG ALLMAN recently underwent a successful liver transplant operation at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla. The singer, keyboardist, songwriter and guitarist had been on a waiting list for the transplant and is looking forward to a speedy recovery.
“I feel pretty good, considering everything that’s happened,” says ALLMAN, who co-founded the Allman Brothers Band in 1969. “Everybody involved here, my doctors and nurses in the hospital and all the Allman Brothers fans, they’ve just all been great.” The surgery took place this morning (June 23) after ALLMAN was notified that an appropriate liver had been donated. “All I can really say is ‘thanks,’” the singer says with gratitude.
The transplant comes as a result of the artist’s previous battle with Hepatitis C, a liver disease. In late 2007, Allman began a series of treatments for his Hepatitis C, but chronic damage of his liver led to doctors recommending a transplant. “I changed my ways years ago,” Allman says, “but we can’t turn back time. Every day is a gift, and I can’t wait to get back on the road making music with my friends.”
I had no idea that Greg's hepatitis was that bad. I was able to shake his hand backstage at one of the famous Beacon Theatre shows in 2001. He was nothing but gracious even though he didn't need to be. Here's hoping he gets back behind the Hammond soon. Greg, don't do what Papa John Phillips did and go out and get shitfaced for days after his liver transplant, famously exclaiming when asked about the escapades "Its brand new, what the hell."