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Billy Gibbons Remembers 'Brilliant and Intuitive' Gregg Allman

ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons remembered Allman Brothers Band legend Gregg Allman and his “sonic legacy” following Allman’s death Saturday at the age of 69.

“The sudden passing of Gregg Allman leaves us at a loss yet, at the same time, we stand alongside the millions thankful that Gregg was in our lives,” Gibbons wrote in a statement. “Gregg was, of course, a brilliant and intuitive player with a depth of soul reflected in his works in a truly moving manner.”

Early in ZZ Top’s career, the Texas rockers opened for the Allman Brothers Band, with Gibbons seeing firsthand the “unique brand of rock & roll” that came from “the first great jam band,” as Gibbons wrote in his Rolling Stone‘s 100 Greatest Artists tribute to the Allman Brothers.

At Allman’s final performance – an October 29th, 2016 show at the Laid Back Festival in Atlanta – Gibbons joined him onstage for “One Way Out,” the last song Allman would ever perform live.

“Brother Gregg was generous with his talent, his spirit and, of course, his great voice,” Gibbons continued in his statement Saturday. “We were fortunate enough to have been touched by him and those moments remain treasured encounters. Some truly positive, uplifting experiences. Gregg will be remembered as someone who made a big difference in the lives of many and whose sonic legacy continues that memorable course.”

In that 100 Greatest Artists feature, Gibbons added of Allman, “His singing and keyboard playing had a dark richness, a soulfulness that added one more color to the Allmans’ rainbow. The Allman Brothers had respect for the roots of this music. They learned from the blues, and they continued to interpret the form in their own manner. They took something old and made something new.”

Gibbons frequently jammed onstage with the Allman Brothers Band, including a 2009 gig that marked their 40th anniversary at New York’s Beacon Theatre.

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On the Charts: Linkin Park Get Sixth Number One LP With 'One More Light'

Linkin Park locked up their sixth Number One album as the band’s newest LP One More Light debuted atop the Billboard 200.

One More Light sold 111,000 total copies – of which, 100,000 were traditional copies – to give Linkin Park their first Billboard 200-topper since 2012’s Living Things. 2014’s The Hunting Party previously peaked at Number Three, ending a streak of four straight Number One studio albums for the band.

With their sixth Number One album, Linkin Park tie Bon Jovi, Dave Matthews Band, Metallica and the Eagles with six apiece; only the Beatles (19), the Rolling Stones (nine) Led Zeppelin and U2 (seven) have more, Billboard notes.

On Friday, Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington performed Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” at the private memorial service of Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell.

One More Light was the lone new release to crack the Top 10 as the rest of the upper tier was reserved for returning albums, with Kendrick Lamar’s Damn. leading the way at Number Two, followed by last week’s Number One, Harry Styles’ self-titled LP at Number Three.

Drake’s More Life jumped three spots to Number Four, with Chris Stapleton’s From A Room: Volume 1, Ed Sheeran’s Divide, Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic and the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: Awesome Mix Vol. 2 soundtrack occupying Numbers Five through Eight. The Epic AF compilation and Migos’ Culture rounded out the Top 10.

Next week’s charts should see some more newcomers with Bryson Tiller’s True to Self, Lil Yachty’s Teenage Emotions and the Beatles’ 50th anniversary edition of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, as well as renewed interest in the Allman Brothers Band’s catalog following Gregg Allman’s death.

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Eddie Vedder Plays First Show Since Chris Cornell's Death

Eddie Vedder performed a solo concert Saturday night in Amsterdam, the Pearl Jam singer’s first gig since the death of his grunge compatriot Chris Cornell.

While Vedder didn’t mention Cornell directly by name or perform any songs affiliated with the singer, Cornell’s death permeated the mood throughout the evening according to fan accounts on the official Pearl Jam forum.

At one point during the performance, Vedder noted, “I’m thinking of a lot of people tonight. And some in particular and their families. And I just know that healing takes time, if it ever happens, it takes time, and that means you have to start somewhere so let it be music. Let it be love and togetherness, and let it be Amsterdam.”

Due to a strict “performance etiquette policy” that prohibited recording of the concert, no video of Vedder’s remarks regarding Cornell’s death has surfaced.

Vedder played Pearl Jam’s “Long Road” to open the show and altered the lyric “But still/Something’s missing” to “Without you/Something is missing” to reflect on Cornell’s death.

Vedder also delivered a cover of Neil Young’s “The Needle and the Damage Done,” a song that has frequented Vedder’s solo setlists, as well as debuted his rendition of Fugazi’s “I’m So Tired,” the title of which echoes Cornell’s last comments to his wife Vicky on the phone before his death.

Vedder will perform two more solo shows at Amsterdam’s AFAS Live on May 29th and 30th.

The singer’s Pearl Jam band mate Jeff Ament was among the artists who delivered eulogies at Cornell’s private memorial service Friday in Los Angeles.

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Allman Brothers' Chuck Leavell Pens Tribute to Gregg Allman

Keyboardist Chuck Leavell, a member of the Allman Brothers Band in the mid-Seventies, remembered Gregg Allman in a touching tribute following the Southern rock pioneer’s death at the age of 69.

“Gregg Allman was not only a friend and brother, but he was a strong inspiration to me very early on in my career,” Leavell wrote.

Like in Warren Haynes’ tribute, Leavell, an Alabama native, reflected on how the Allman Brothers Band’s unique blend of Southern rock inspired him and countless other musicians below the Mason-Dixon line.

“That first record [Allman Brothers Band] was groundbreaking and a new style of music, Southern Rock, was born,” he continued. “Little did I think at the time that I would be so fortunate to eventually be a part of it. I was just a fan and admirer of what he, Duane [Allman] and the rest of the band had done. Opening up for the ABB in 1970 and ’71 when I was with Alex Taylor and later with Dr. John, I would hang around after our performance and listen to them.”

Following Duane Allman’s death in 1971 and the release of Eat a Peach, Leavell performed with Gregg Allman on the 1972 solo LP Laid Back. When the Allman Brothers Band reformed for 1973’s Brothers & Sisters, Leavell was part of the lineup, with the keyboardist most notably contributing to the Allman favorite “Jessica.”

“During that time, Gregg was much like a big brother to me,” Leavell wrote. “Gregg was always gracious to me… making sure I was included in everything from photo sessions to various parties and events… and even sometimes asking me to accompany him to events not related to the band’s duties. We finished recording Laid Back, and soon after, Brothers and Sisters… and these are probably the two records that I am most proud to have my name on.”

Although Leavell parted ways with Allman Brothers Band before the release of the 1976 live LP Wipe the Windows, Check the Oil, Dollar Gas, he remained part of the band’s orbit, performing alongside Dickey Betts and Gov’t Mule. In 2014, Leavell took part in a Gregg Allman tribute concert in Atlanta.

“That was one of the most special and memorable shows I’ve ever done, and Gregg’s participation certainly made it a major event. That just shows the kind of friend Gregg was. He certainly didn’t have to do that, and he didn’t take a dime for his participation,” Leavell wrote.

“Thank you, Gregg…for your inspiration, for your talent, for your loyal friendship and for the amazing human being you are. I am forever grateful for my relationship with you, for sharing the stage with you so many times, for the honor of recording with you on some records that have stood the test of time. You will always be my hero and I am your biggest fan.” 

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