The Allman Brothers Band took the stage at Macon City Auditorium at 8:12 p.m. Friday to a standing ovation. Guitarist Derek Trucks entered on crutches, with a cast on his right foot. He sat for the concert. The concert began just like the band’s debut 1969 album, with “Don’t Want You No More,” followed by “It’s Not My Cross to Bear.”
The music was accompanied by psychedelic images that flashed on a screen behind the band. Retro-looking blobs of color were combined with computer-animated mushrooms and footage from old movies. During the instrumental “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed,” a girl’s face appeared fleetingly among the swirling images.
There was an intermission at 9:30 p.m. When the band returned at 10 p.m., Gregg Allman stood and strummed an acoustic guitar instead of taking his customary seat behind his organ. “Melissa” began the second set, with much of the crowd singing along.
A few guest musicians joined the band during the second set. According to a set list, they were guitarist Tommy Talton (of the 1970s Capricorn recording act Cowboy), former Allman Brothers guitarist Jack Pearson and bassist Berry Oakley Jr., son of the late original bassist of the band.
Highlights of the show included and extended version of “Revival” that had the crowd clapping along with raised hands and an encore of “Southbound.” The house lights went on about 11:40 p.m. The band did not play three of their most famous songs: “Ramblin’ Man,” “Midnight Rider” and “Whipping Post.”
After the concert a long line formed outside Grant’s Lounge on Poplar Street, where an after-show party was scheduled.