FOOTAGE ’91: The Allman Brothers Rip “In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed”

by Peter Wendel
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Warren Haynes [image source: Tumblr]

It’s among the most prized instrumentals in all of rock lore – standing toe-to-toe with other masterpieces like Jimi’s scorching rendition of the “Star Spangled Banner,” Santana’s “Soul Sacrifice,” the classic “Green Onions” from Booker T & The M.G.’s, “Little Wing” from Stevie Ray, and of course, ABB’s other gem, “Jessica.”

The explosive emotional power pent up “In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed” will make you hold on for dear life – it weeps and bleeds one second and breaks down doors the next. When executed cleanly, it’s one of the hottest down-in-the-groove rockers in the great American songbook.

The Allman Brothers Band
Germany 1991

Bomber performance from across the pond. Although Warren Haynes was a relatively new member of the band, he steals the show. Dickey cooks but Warren burns the fucking place down. Do not miss his lead (5:55). There’s nothing like Duane and Dickey playing “Liz Reed,” but if you had to pick somebody to fill the huge hole, Warren ain’t a bad place to start. Enjoy!

Peter Wendel is a journalist and PR consultant. He's attended hundreds of concerts and festivals, including the Peach, Mountain Jam, the All Good and Lockn'. He's ridden legendary Grateful Dead runs from Ventura County Fairgrounds to Irvine Meadows (CA) from the Nassau Coliseum (NY) to the Boston Garden (MA). Peter is a former U.S. Marine who – after running into trouble with every last one of his commanding officers – received an honorable discharge and a direct order never to return. Born in California and raised in New Jersey, Peter lived in Boston and Joshua Tree (CA) before settling in the nation's capital. Find him on tour at