I think that this second tier of people have, at one time, experienced the band live, which is easier to broaden your scope than when you hear recorded music or off the stream. You get a leg up and you can imagine the whole thing. But thank god for communications. I love it. Hell, the more the merrier. The fact that they can they can then put their two cents-worth in about it — well, some people don’t like anything, but there’s always going to be those guys. But I read [the online chatter] sometimes.
If, for example, we had Twitter in 1970 and you guys did your 45-minute “Mountain Jam” at Ludlow Garage, I can just imagine how people would be reacting. Their minds would be blown.
I guess there are no mistakes. [Twitter] was supposed to happen when it happened. After this transplant [Allman underwent liver transplant surgery in 2010], I’ve gotten quite spiritual, quite a bit more spiritual than I was, brother, because it not only saved my life, I feel good every day, day and night. I love it. I don’t remember feeling as good as I do now. And I’m totally clean and sober, 20 years November. I came full circle.
The way you described dealing with addiction in your book: it’s food-for-thought for all of us.
If I help one up-and-coming musician through that, it would not have been in vain.
The Allman Brothers Band & Steve Winwood
Aug. 24, 7 p.m., $27.50-$75, Comcast Theatre, 61 Savitt Way, Hartford, livenation.com.