After a year in exile, the Allman’s will once again be “Peakin’ at The Beacon” in 2011.
Over a 20-year span that ended in 2009, the Allman Brothers Band played some 190 shows at the Beacon, more than any other act, returning annually in March for monthlong residencies that made the band synonymous with the theater.
But earlier this year the band lost its traditional booking to a Cirque du Soleil show, “Banana Shpeel,” and had to hold its 2010 residency at the United Palace Theater. Meanwhile, “Banana Shpeel” delayed its official opening until May, and then closed quickly after receiving poor reviews.
Jay Marciano, the president of MSG Entertainment, acknowledged at the news conference that that booking arrangement had been a mistake.
“Earlier this year we undertook a programming experiment with our friends from Cirque du Soleil,” Mr. Marciano said. “We all know how that little experiment turned out. My dad used to say, ‘Son, it takes a big man to admit when you’re wrong.’ So to our friends in the Allman Brothers, we’re wrong. We apologize and we’re thrilled that you’ll be back again with us this spring at the Beacon Theater.”
MSG Entertainment said in a news release that the Allman Brothers Band is scheduled to perform eight shows at the Beacon next year, from March 10 through 12, 14 and 15, and 17 through 19. Tickets will go on sale Dec. 4. [NYTimes.com]