Devon Allman & Duane Betts Announce New Album & Tour As ‘The Allman Betts Band’

first_imgEarlier this year, Devon Allman–son of Gregg Allman–announced The Devon Allman Project with special guest Duane Betts–son of Dickey Betts. The two toured extensively together throughout the year, and, today, have announced that they will join forces to form The Allman Betts Band. With the new band announcement comes the news of a new album and 2019 tour.The Allman Betts Band will kick off 2019 with their debut album, along with a worldwide tour that will feature “new music, songs from their solo projects and classic Allman Brothers and Gregg Allman tunes in honor of the 50th anniversary of The Allman Brothers Band”. According to the press release, the new album is due out in Spring of 2019, and will be produced by Matt Ross-Spang (Jason Isbell, Margo Price, John Prine and Elvis Presley).The Allman Betts Band, which the press release refers to as “the new ABB”, will include Devon and Duane, along with Berry Oakley Jr. (son of original Allman Brothers Band bassist Berry Oakley), slide guitarist Johnny Stachela, and DAP percussionists R. Scott Bryan (Sheryl Crow) and John Lum.The forthcoming record will feature Chuck Leavell (former ABB keyboardist and current musical director of the Rolling Stones) and Peter Levin (Gregg Allman Band Hammond B3 player).Before the launch of The ABB in 2019, you can find Devon and Duane on tour through late February 2019 as The Devon Allman Project with special guest Duane Betts. Ticket links and information for those shows can be found here.Devon Allman Project w/ Special Guest Duane Betts DatesNov 9, 2018 | Sioux City, IA @ Anthem at Hard Rock Hotel & CasinoDec 2, 2018 | Phoenix, AZ @ Music Instrument Museum TheaterDec 4, 2018 | Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram BallroomDec 6, 2018 | Hermosa Beach, CA @ Saint RockeDec 7, 2018 | Ramona, CA @ Ramona MainstageDec 8, 2018 | San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore (Allman Family Revival)Dec 9, 2018 | Jackson, CA @ Jackson RancheriaDec 11, 2018 | Bend, OR @ Tower TheatreDec 12, 2018 | Boise, ID @ The OlympicDec 13, 2018 | Salt Lake City, UT @ The State RoomDec 14, 2018 | Jackson Hole, WY @ The Mangy MooseDec 15, 2018 | Vail, CO @ Vail Snow Days with Shakey GravesDec 16, 2018 | Greeley, CO @ Moxi TheaterDec 26, 2018 | St. Louis, MO @ Old Rock HouseDec 27, 2018 | Nashville, TN @ Exit InDec 28, 2018 | New Orleans, LA @ TipitinasDec 29, 2018 | Birmingham, AL @ SaturnDec 30, 2018 | Atlanta, GA @ Buckhead TheatreDec 31, 2018 | Macon, GA @ Grand Opera House with special guest Berry Oakley Jr.Jan 20-24, 2019 | Runaway Bay, Jamaica @ Gov’t Mule’s Island Exodus with Gov’t Mule, Lukas Nelson & Ron HollowayJan 28, 2019 | Park City, UT @ The Cabin (Devon & Duane acoustic @ Sundance Festival)Feb 14-18, 2019 | Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Rock Legends Cruise VI with Roger Daltrey and Buddy GuyFeb 20, 2019 | Stuart, FL @ Lyric TheaterFeb 21, 2019 | Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Parker PlayhouseFeb 22, 2019 | Ocala, FL @ Reilly Arts CenterFeb 23, 2019 | Ormond Beach, FL @ The Pavilion at Destination DaytonaFeb 24, 2019 | Clearwater, FL @ Clearwater Sea-Blues FestivalFeb 25 – March 1, 2019 | Tampa, FL @ Keepin’ The Blues Alive w/ Joe Bonamassa and Kenny Wayne ShepherdThe Allman Betts Band DatesMar 28, 2019 | Torrington, CT @ Warner TheatreMar 29, 2019 | Plymouth, NH @ Flying Monkey PACMar 30, 2019 | Plattsburgh, NY @ The Strand TheaterApr 4, 2019 | Huntington, NY @ The ParamountApr 5, 2019 | Stowe, VT @ Spruce Peak PACApr 6, 2019 | Staten Island, NY @ St. George TheatreApr 11, 2019 | Homer, NY @ Center for the ArtsApr 12, 2019 | Newton, NJ @ Newton TheaterApr 13, 2019 | Beverly, MA @ Cabot TheaterJun 29, 2019 | New Martinsville, WV @ Back Home FestivalSep 1, 2019 | Lakeville, PA @ Cove Haven Southern Rock FestivalView All Tour Dateslast_img read more

Cahill: New strength to Chelsea this season

first_img However, Cahill was pleased with another clean sheet and a point from what proved to be just as tough an assignment as he had expected before kick-off. He said: “It was a game in which we needed to defend well. They defended well as well. It was exactly what we expected, it was a scrap of a game. “They made it tough by, when we had possession, sitting back very deep, but they worked very hard, so credit to them, and they looked dangerous when they tried to hit us on the break, so we had to be on our toes and defend well. “Unfortunately for us, we didn’t manage to break through. If we had broken through, it’s all of a sudden a different game because like we have seen before, they have to come out then and try to get the equaliser and it allows us to play a bit more. “But credit to them, they did well and defended as a unit.” Gary Cahill is confident Chelsea have found a new mental strength to go with their rich array of football talent as they set the pace in the Barclays Premier League title race. The Blues emerged from their trip to Sunderland on Saturday evening with just a point from a hard-fought 0-0 draw, but remain clear at the top of the table. Manager Jose Mourinho fielded the same starting XI for the third successive game after a 2-0 league win over West Brom and Tuesday night’s 5-0 Champions League demolition of Schalke in Germany, but saw them struggle to break down a committed Black Cats outfit. Nevertheless, they emerged with a third successive clean sheet and a point, and that, in Cahill’s opinion, demonstrated a new attribute. The 28-year-old England international told Chelsea TV: “I think we are a different side to last year, not just personnel, but mentally I think we are different. “They made it a scrap, but we matched that and managed to play our football as well. When teams sit back and get back in that shape, it’s very tough. We saw that last year and this was no different. “But in these sorts of games, if you don’t get the breakthrough, it’s important we don’t lose the game, and it’s a point away from home.” Chelsea have now put together an unbeaten run of 20 games since the start of the season, but this was the first in which they had been prevented from scoring. They enjoyed the greater share of the possession at the Stadium of Light, particularly in the first half, but apart from Willian’s 17th-minute shot, which was tipped on to the post by keeper Costel Pantilimon, and another from Branislav Ivanovic which the Romanian blocked with a foot, they created few clear-cut chances. At the other end, defender Santiago Vergini clipped the crossbar and midfielder Adam Johnson went close twice in a late flurry as Gus Poyet threatened to guide his side to a third successive victory over the club for which he played with such distinction inside 12 months. It proved a frustrating evening for striker Diego Costa, who escaped punishment after appearing to kick out at defender John O’Shea, but then collected his fifth booking of the campaign for catching Wes Brown with an arm as they jumped for a high ball, and he will miss Wednesday’s home clash with Tottenham. Press Associationlast_img read more

Rank Group preparing for ‘difficult trading conditions’ following COVID-19 lockdown

first_imgShare StumbleUpon Related Articles Better Collective cautious on quick recovery as COVID drags growth momentum August 25, 2020 John O’Reilly – Erratic orders have placed UK casinos on life support August 4, 2020 Rank Group extends support for Carers Trust July 28, 2020 Share Amid COVID-19 disruptions, Rank Group has revealed that it is ‘preparing for difficult trading conditions’ when it reopens its venues.Publishing a trading update for the quarter to 31 March 2020, Rank’s like-for-like net gaming revenue was down 4% for the quarter, while total NGR saw an increase of 5%. Rank Group has predicted that annual underlying operating profit will amount to somewhere between £48 million and £58 million, based on the assumption that its venues remain closed for the rest of the financial year.The Group’s digital division saw the largest increase in NGR, with a 21% increase for the quarter. Grosvenor Digital NGR grew by 27% in Q3 which Rank says was largely ‘driven by continued growth in new players and strong levels of returning players’.Mecca Digital also performed strongly with NGR up 20%, whilst a series of senior management and operational changes undertaken during Q2’ had a positive impact on Spanish asset Yo’s performance, reporting NGR growth by 9% during Q3.In its update, Rank revealed that its monthly cash outflow during the coronavirus pandemic enforced closures will be £10 million per month from May 2020. The figure has decreased from the previously expected £17 million per month, as a result of the HM Treasury’s support measures.The Group has also benefited from approximately £1 million per month from the business rates holiday.John O’Reilly, CEO of Rank, commented: “With the tremendous support we have received from HM Treasury and HMRC, together with our own mitigations, we have established a robust financial position to address and withstand an extended period of economic turmoil.“Given the uncertainty we face and continued social distancing measures likely to be in place for some time to come, we continue to work to protect cash and to prepare for the reopening of our venues in as safe a way as possible.“I am enormously proud of our colleagues and how they have responded to the decisions we have had to take as well as their selfless response and contribution to the national effort. We know how important our venues are in many local communities and we’ve answered the call to contribute by stepping up to help those who need it most right now.”Rank Group also confirmed that it had requested repayment from HMRC of £25.2 million in relation to VAT paid on slot machine revenue between 2002 and 2005 to maximise its liquidity and this was received in early AprilMitigating the short-term effects of the COVID-19 lockdown, circa 7,000 colleagues, out of a UK workforce of 7,600, have been furloughed by the Group, with all colleagues receiving 80% of their salary under the UK Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme which has been topped up by Rank.Issuing a response to the Government’s call for contributions during the COVID-19 lockdown, Rank stated: “The Rank Group’s Board and our colleagues are conscious of the need to contribute to the wider societal effort at this time of national crisis.“Our customers know that our venues are community hubs and far more than just places to gamble, and our non-furloughed colleagues have stepped up to ensure we are able to use our venues, wherever and however possible within Government guidelines, to support key workers and vulnerable people in our communities.“We have launched a new charity initiative in collaboration with Blue Light Card, the UK’s number one discount service for the NHS, Emergency Services, Social Care workers and Armed Forces. Rank colleagues are providing free meals to these key workers from some of our UK venues’ kitchens.“We are also collaborating with a number of MPs and local councils to ensure whatever capacity we have in our kitchens is maximised to provide vulnerable people, including the homeless and elderly, with hot meals, cooked in Rank venues and distributed by our teams. Our colleagues are also calling our regular Mecca customers to check in on their wellbeing.“We are acutely aware of the need for heightened vigilance in identifying any signs of gambling-related harm in our digital business, and have redoubled our safer gambling efforts, incorporating the Betting & Gaming Council’s ’10 pledge action plan’ and bolstering resource in our safer gambling teams.” Submitlast_img read more