Former Allman Brothers guitarist Dickey Betts has cancelled upcoming live performances after suffering what is being called “a mild stroke”.
A statement at the Dickey Betts website reads:
Citing health concerns, Dickey Betts has been forced to postpone the next three dates that he was scheduled to perform on August 28 at the Great New York State Fair in Syracuse, NY; August 30 at the Toyota Oakdale Theater in Wallingford, CT; and August 31 at the Casino Ballroom in Hampton Beach, NH.
Betts, a Grammy-winning guitarist, singer and songwriter, and a founding member of the Allman Brothers Band, had recently experienced what his doctors called a “mild stroke.” Yesterday, after describing to his physicians certain post-stroke repercussions, he was strongly advised to give himself more time to recuperate.
Doctors have assured Betts that after three to five weeks he will be 100 percent recovered and can resume his touring schedule.
“Dickey really regrets that he can’t be there for his fans,” says his manager David Spero “but he has to take care of his health first.”
Betts is hoping to work with promoters to reschedule the dates in Wallingford, CT, and in Hampton Beach, NH. His tour is expected to resume November 1 at the Bell Auditorium in Augusta, GA.
Joining Betts in the current lineup of his band are his son Duane Betts on guitar, bassist Pedro Arevalo, drummers Frankie Lombardi and Steve Camilleri as well as guitarist Damon Fowler and keyboardist Mike Kach.
Unfortunately, our friend Dickey Betts has suffered a mild stroke. Therefore, our upcoming August 30th show in Wallingford, CT, has been cancelled. We… https://t.co/BuF3UmlwZh
— Dave Mason (@davemasonband) August 26, 2018
Dickey Betts wrote the Allman Brothers classic ‘Jessica’. It earned him a Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance, not for the original in but for a live version from 1995.
Betts was a founding member of The Allman Brothers. He also wrote the Allman’s classic ‘Ramblin’ Man’.