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Warren Haynes Remembers ‘Dear Friend’ Gregg Allman

Warren Haynes has penned a tribute to his musical hero, friend and band mate Gregg Allman following the Allman Brothers Band leader’s death Saturday.

“I am truly honored to have been fortunate enough to have written many songs with him and equally honored to have traveled the world with him while making the best music the world has ever known. I will never, ever take that for granted. And on top of all that, he was my dear friend,” Haynes wrote on Facebook.

“My fondest memories will always be of Gregg, myself, and [late Allman Brothers bassist] Allen Woody sharing a tour bus together-listening to great music and laughing our asses off mile after mile. Traveling – like life – is so much better when you’ve got friends to share the experience with. I’ve lost too many lately and this one is gonna be hard to get past. There is some comfort in knowing that millions of people all over the world feel the same way.”

In Haynes’ tribute, he writes about worshipping the Allman Brothers Band as a musician growing up in the South and how the band blended “soul, blues, rock, country, jazz-all mixed together in a way no one had ever done before.”

“Here was this group of Southern hippies with an integrated band coming out of the Deepest South with equally deep music on the heels of some extremely deep changes. We didn’t realize how heavy that was at the time but we sure realized how heavy the music was,” Haynes wrote.

“Every guitar player in every Southern town was listening to the Live at Fillmore East record and worshipping at the altar of Duane Allman and Dickey Betts. But the icing on the cake was always Gregg’s voice.”

Haynes performed with the Dickey Betts Band and co-wrote Allman’s 1988 solo song “Before the Bullets Fly” before he ultimately joined the reunited Allman Brothers Band in 1989. Haynes remained a member until 1997, when he left to focus on his and Woody’s Gov’t Mule; following Woody’s death in 2000, he rejoined the Allmans, performing with the group until their final gigs in 2014.

[Allman] wrote these amazing songs that were as natural as his voice was,” Haynes continued. “The words and melodies felt so perfectly unpretentious and, when delivered by him, made an emotional connection that only happens when music is genuine and honest. I learned an enormous amount about singing and songwriting from him—most of it before we ever met.”

Read Haynes’ entire Allman remembrance below:


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Cher Mourns Ex-Husband Gregg Allman: ‘Words Are Impossible’

When news broke that Southern rock pioneer, the great Gregg Allman died, his famous ex-wife Cher tweeted a brief yet sentimental tribute using their old pet names for one another. “Words are impossible, Gui Gui” she wrote in her requisite all-caps lettering. “Forever, Chooch.” 

Between 1975 and 1977, Cher and Gregg Allman met, married, divorced, remarried, had a son and made an album together, aptly titled Two the Hard Way. The unlikely pairing of sleek, newly single pop diva and untamed southern rocker perplexed the public. But their partnership coincided during a mutually transitional period as both musicians strove to reinvent themselves in the next decade. 

In 1975, Cher was famously navigating a messy divorce and custody battle from her longtime partner and variety show co-host, Sonny Bono. (She wed Allman days after her divorce from Bono). Meanwhile, the Allman Brothers Band was reckoning with an ongoing DEA investigation and Gregg’s escalating drug abuse. In 1976, the band officially broke up. The same year, Gregg and Cher’s son, Elijah Blue, was born, and the couple tried to rekindle their relationship.  

While the marriage was fleeting, the initial spark between Allman and Cher was incendiary. “She smelled like I would imagine a mermaid would smell,” Allman wrote in his memoir, recalling the first time he met her backstage in Los Angeles. 

The always-glamorous California native also took him out to his first disco. “I don’t know how to dance, but I got drunk enough to where I did. I danced my ass off. This is when disco was just taking off, so we did some dirty dancing. She had one drink, while I had my 21, of course. When we got back to her place, she took me out to her rose garden, and all the roses were just starting to bloom.” 

By 1978, Cher and Allman had broken up for the last time as romantic partners and musical collaborators. Despite the emotional turbulence fans saw splashed across tabloid magazine covers, Cher told People, nearly 40 years ago: “Nobody ever made me feel as happy as Gregory did … he’s wonderful. I don’t understand why he can’t see it. He’s the kindest, most gentle, loving husband and father. But then, he forgets and everything goes to shit.” 



Meek Mill Still Listens To Drake’s ‘Back To Back’ Diss ‘For Motivation’

Meek Mill posted on his Instagram story Friday night (May 26) that he still listens to Drake’s “Back to Back” diss track “for motivation.”

The clip features the song playing while Meek drives a Lamborghini, and comes after posts of the MMG partying in the club.

Drake’s “Back to Back” came out in 2015, after a feud between the former collaborators was initiated when Meek accused Drake of using ghostwriters.

“I play this for motivation,” the MMG rapper’s on-screen quote read. “Back to back Aventadors.”

 

Migos And Lil Name Their Picks For The Greatest Rapper of All Time

During a recent sit down with NME, Migos and Lil Yachty  launched the debate over who is the greatest rapper of all time.

“For me, personally I could give it to [André 3000], man. Because I like him that much as a rapper,” said Offset. While Takeoff responded with: “Since you said 3K…Kendrick Lamar.”

Quavo, on the other hand, picked Jay Z. “I kind of respected the fact that my mans Jay Z is the greatest rapper right now, bro,” he said. “Straight up. You can’t mess with Jay when it’s time to come play. On some real shit, it took me a couple years to grow and understand that Jay is the guy.”

Yachty agreed with Takeoff’s choice, saying, “I ain’t gonna lie, though, I’m giving it to Kendrick, man.”

 

Watch it all go down below.

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