Fans Encouraged to Line the Streets for Gregg Allman Funeral Procession
Gregg Allman's funeral will take place on Saturday (June 3) in his adopted home state of Georgia.
Allman was born in Nashville, but moved to Macon, Ga., in the late 1960s, where he helped form the Allman Brothers Band. His manager, Michael Lehman, tells the Macon Telegraph that Allman's service is set for Saturday at 1PM at Snow’s Memorial Chapel. Attire for Allman's service will be casual in accordance with his wishes, with mostly jeans and "no suits."
The service will not be open to the public, since Allman's family wants to limit attendance to 75-100 people, but fans are encouraged to line the streets of the mile-long funeral procession route from Snow’s Memorial Chapel to Rose Hill Cemetery, where Allman will be buried beside his brother, Allman Brothers Band co-founder Duane Allman, and the group's original bass player, Berry Oakley. Duane Allman died in a motorcycle accident in 1971, and Oakley was killed in a motorcycle accident in 1972.
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Allman battled substance abuse for years, and he struggled with various heath issues over the last years of his life, including Hepatitis C, a liver transplant and lung surgery. Allman's official website confirmed that he died on Saturday (May 27), saying the Grammy-winning music icon “passed away peacefully at his home in Savannah, Ga.” Allman's cause of death was complications from liver cancer, CNN reports. He was 69 years old.
"It’s a sad time," Lehman tells the Telegraph, "and we all feel blessed that we had Gregg as long as we did, and that he imparted the beautiful music on the world that he did."
Eric Church paid musical tribute to Allman at a live show Saturday night, and Lady Antebellum also performed a live cover of "Midnight Rider" in his honor. Keith Urban, Wynonna Judd, Charlie Daniels, Travis Tritt, Jason Aldean and more country artists were among those who paid tribute to Allman via social media.
Allman's oldest son, Devon, hopes to plan a memorial concert to celebrate his father's life on Dec, 8, which would have been his 70th birthday.
"I just want to make sure that his music lives forever," he tells Billboard, "and is treated with respect and integrity."
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