That time I asked Warren Haynes if he was daunted by the prospect of taking over Duane Allman’s spot opposite Dickey Betts

By Steve Newton

The first time I ever saw Warren Haynes perform live was back in 1989, when he was a member of the Dickey Betts Band. The group played Vancouver’s 86 Street Music Hall, touring behind its debut album Pattern Disruptive, and holy crap was Haynes a killer on the slide guitar.

Five years later I did my first interview with him, by which point he was a full-fledged member of the Allman Brothers Band, who were touring behind Where it All Begins, the third studio album since their reunification.

I called Warren up at the ABB offices in New York, and early on in the interview I asked him if he was daunted by the prospect of taking over Duane Allman’s spot in the Allmans. He didn’t actually answer the question, though, instead steering the conversation to the band’s reunion and the motivating factors behind it.

Have a listen:

 

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