Haynes quitting Allmans is no surprise
Warren Haynes insists the announcement that he’s leaving the Allman Brothers Band isn’t as much of a surprise as it seemed.
Fans were astonished when it was confirmed that Govt’ Mule man Haynes and fellow guitarist Derek Trucks will both leave the Allmans at the end of 2014.
But as they gear up to celebrate the band’s 45th anniversary, Haynes tells Rolling Stone: “It’s not as big a surprise within our network as some people might think. We’ve been talking about this for a long time.”
He adds: “I value the musical relationships and friendships I have with everybody in this band.” However, he feels that after being in the band since 1989 it’s time for him to focus on Gov’t Mule and spend more time with his family.
But the split might not be permanent. Asked whether it might just be a hiatus, Haynes says: “We’ll see. It’s a good place to kind of stop. I’m sure Gregg [Allman] and I will continue to do stuff in the future.”
Gov’t Mule begin a US tour next month, while the Allman Brothers Band return to New York’s Beacon Theater in March.