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CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Earlier this year, guitarists Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks announced that they will leave the band at the end of the year to focus on their solo projects.
Haynes, who performs this weekend with his band, Gov't Mule, said, "It's something we've been talking about for several years.
"To tell you the truth, I think everyone in the Allman Brothers kind of agrees that the 45th anniversary is a good time to stop touring."
Haynes was very complimentary about his part in the Allman Brothers Band's history, which goes back more than 30 years. However, he's known and worked with the band for longer than that.
"This has been an enormous part of my life," Haynes said. "I was a huge Allman Brothers fan before I ever knew them, and Greg [Allman] and I have been friends since 1981. I've been with the band for 25 years, and Greg and I are going to continue to be friends and continue to do things as friends in the future."
Haynes without the Allman Brothers isn't anything new. Bruce Hornsby once called him the "hardest-working musician in the business," and it's a well-earned compliment.
Aside from playing with The Allman Brothers and fronting Gov't Mule, a band he co-founded in the mid-1990s, Haynes has been a frequent guest performer with other bands.
He's toured as part of The Dead (the remains of The Grateful Dead after Jerry Garcia's death), with Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh on the road for his Phil Lesh and Friends band and with the Dave Matthews Band. During the past 20 years, he's appeared on dozens of recordings, released several albums with The Warren Haynes Band and more than a dozen with Gov't Mule, including the latest, "Shout."
As usual, there are other projects in the works.