Dickey Betts Announces Plans To Tour In 2018

first_imgAs promised, Dickey Betts has a huge announcement to make on his 74th birthday. After retiring from the road three years ago, the former Allman Brothers Band guitarist/singer/songwriter and founding member has decided that he will return to the road in 2018. Longtime manager David Spero described the decision as “a birthday present to himself”, and he has decided “to go out and play a select group of dates.” However, according to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, the planning is just in the preliminary stages–as only “an email blast has been sent to concert promoters to see what options are available.”Dickey Betts dedicates the decision to his fans, explaining, “Everywhere I go fans keep saying they want me to get out and play again… I think the time is right.” According to the exclusive news report, the 2018 shows will feature Dickey with his son Duane Betts sharing lead guitar duties. “Dickey is talking to some of the guys he has played with,” Spero explains. “We should know in a couple of weeks who will comprise the band.”In addition to playing his own masterpieces, “Ramblin’ Man”, “Jessica”, “Blue Sky” and “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed”, the upcoming Dickey Betts setlists will include songs written by the late Gregg Allman, including “Midnight Rider”, “Melissa”, and “Whipping Post”. “I think the fans deserve to hear a few of Gregg’s songs as well, so I’m pulling out some classics,” Betts tells the Herald-Tribune. “We really gave this a lot of thought as to how and what the show will be,” Spero concludes. “Even I can’t wait to see it.”Dickey Betts is one of two surviving members of the Allman Brothers Band, alongside drummer Jaimoe. Following the tragic passings of Butch Trucks and Gregg Allman earlier this year, the rare opportunity to see an original member perform has become the stuff of legends. Although Dickey played his last show with ABB in 2000, his legacy runs deep within the band’s roots. His career continued for 14 years, playing small clubs as Dickey Betts & Great Southern with his son Duane, performing his own blues songs and ABB classics. While there was talk of Dickey’s reunion with the band for the Allman Brothers’ final concert in October of 2014, it never came to be. Dickey’s inspiration to hit the road was spurred by a recent interview with Rolling Stone, where Betts received widespread praise for his incomparable life’s work. Perhaps this upcoming tour will give fans another note to hold on to–as the road goes on forever.Stay tuned for Dickey Betts tour in 2018![via Sarasota Herald-Tribune]last_img read more

10,000 runners to hit the streets of Accra for Ultra-marathon on Nov. 29

first_imgOver 10,000 runners are expected to hit the streets of Accra on Saturday, November 29, under the theme “fit for life” ultra-marathon second edition event.The 50km event put together by Runathon Ghana Foundation is to drum home the essence of being fit and always staying away from diseases.The second edition of this event dubbed “fit for life” will see athletes commence the race from the Osu end of the Accra Sports Stadium at the, through some principal streets like Labadi Road, Burma Camp, Airport Road, Gold House, Kanda Highway, with the Independence Square as the final point.Eric Addae, founder of Runathon Ghana Foundation, former long distance runner described this year’s event as the only biggest thing to happen to Ghana for the second time running and the ultra-marathon in West Africa sub region.This year’s edition will include 50km ultra-marathon race, 50km wheelchair ultra-marathon races and above, 50km 5-man road relay (at 10km intervals), and a mass 10km health walk. “Our choice of this distance of 50 km underscores the need for us all to go that extra mile in preventing diseases such as Blood Pressure, Diabetes, Hypertension, Stroke and et al.“Running such a great distance will also give our long distance athletes the needed depth of aerobic base and fitness, to get faster in long distance events and a special relay for a family of five be introduced”. He stated According to Addae, prospective runners should be 18 years and above and can contact any CAL Bank nationwide for the registration forms for 20ghc.He added that, foreigners resident in Ghana, as well as non-residents, will be required to pay  20ghc. as registration fee and the family relay of five for 50GHC At stake is a mouth watering prize for the ultimate winner with the second place and the third place also going home with a handsome prize  Addae, noted that the event is expected to have medical experts to screen all participating athletes and high ranking officials will also be present. The Runathon Ghana Foundation is a non-governmental, sports development organization which seeks to focus attention on developing long distance events in Ghana.The event will being sponsored by the Phoenix Group of Insurance and SBC Beverages Limited, manufactures of Pepsi, Mirinda and Aqua Splash Mineral Water, PSDA, Ivory Finance, Dwadifo Adanfo ,Gold Airlines whiles Multimedia Group of Companies are the official media partnerslast_img read more