Greg Allman Still Recovering
As was reported by the media recently, Gregg Allman, co-founder of the Allman Brothers Band, an icon who has been entertaining fan around the globe since 1969, underwent a successful liver transplant operation at the Nayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida on June 23.
The multi-talented Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has been battling Hepatitis C, a liver disease, and receiving treatment since 2007. Doctors recommended a liver transplant in response to chronic and irreversible damage of Allman’s liver.
Mayo Clinic defines Hepatitis C as “an infection caused by a virus that attacks the liver and leads to inflammation. It is generally considered to be among the most serious of these viruses. Hepatitis C is passed through contact with contaminated blood.”
Although Allman says, “I changed my ways years ago,” he acknowledges “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.”
“Although he’s a household name now,” it almost wasn’t so. Allman tells Northwest Arkansas Online in a May 28, 2010 interview. “He almost wasn’t even a member,” he recalls. “It was his brother, the late great slide guitar player Duane Allman, that had assembled a band. They were looking for a lead singer, and Duane asked Gregg if he would audition. Gregg did, playing the group four songs that were met with disapproval. He then played the song “Dreams,” a tune that found its way to the Allman Brothers Band’s self-titled debut.”
Since that first audition, Gregg Allman and Allman Brother’s Band is famous for such great songs as, Midnight Rider, Jessica, Blue Sky and Whipping Post, to name a few.
Allman is looking forward to a speedy recovery. “Doctors said he should be able to participate in the wedding of his daughter, Island, on July 26” Allman's manager, Michael Lehman says. "It's his dream to be able to walk her down the aisle."
“I feel pretty good, considering everything that’s happened,” says ALLMAN “All I can really say is ‘thanks.’”
An update posted on the performer's site (June 28) states that Allman is swimming laps around the pool and is looking forward to being released towards the end of this week.