Gregg Allman Undergoes Liver Transplant Surgery

Singer, who suffers from Hepatitis C, expected to make full recovery

June 23, 2010 2:32 PM ET

Allman Brothers Band cofounder Gregg Allman underwent successful liver transplant surgery this morning, forcing the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band to cancel its performance at Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival at Chicago's Toyota Park on Saturday. The Derek Trucks Band will replace the Allmans on the lineup, which also includes Jeff Beck, John Mayer, B.B. King and Buddy Guy.

Check out Rolling Stone's rundown of the Greatest Guitarists of All Time.

Allman is being treated at Jacksonville, Florida's Mayo Clinic after battling Hepatitis C for several years. In 2007, the singer was advised that the damage to his liver was severe enough to necessitate a transplant, and he went on a wait list for the organ. "I changed my ways years ago, but we can't turn back time," he said in a statement. "Every day is a gift, and I can't wait to get back on the road making music with my friends."

Adding that he hopes to make a speedy recovery, Allman said, "I feel pretty good, considering everything that's happened." Doctors notified Allman this morning that an appropriate liver had been donated and the surgery was quickly scheduled. "All I can really say is 'thanks,' " Allman said.

While the Crossroads date is definitely off, the status of Allman's two solo shows plotted for late September is currently unknown.

Read David Fricke's report from the Allman Brothers Band's recent NYC run.

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

Music Main Next
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.


We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories


Lou Reed | 1972

Opening Lou Reed's 1972 solo album, the hard-riffing "Vicious" actually traces its origin back to Reed's days with the Velvet Underground. Picking up bits and pieces of songs from the people and places around him, and filing his notes for later use, Reed said it was Andy Warhol who provided fuel for the song. "He said, 'Why don't you write a song called 'Vicious,'" Reed told Rolling Stone in 1989. "And I said, 'What kind of vicious?' 'Oh, you know, vicious like I hit you with a flower.' And I wrote it down literally."

More Song Stories entries »