Credit: Danny ClinchFounding Allman Brothers Band singer/guitarist Dickey Betts had an acrimonious split with the group in 2000, but with the band calling it quits last year, frontman Gregg Allman now says he’d like to mend fences with his old collaborator.

“Time heals,” Allman tells The Wall Street Journal. “I haven’t seen him in a very long time and would be very open to it. In fact, I would love to play with him again.”

Gregg, who has been focusing on his solo band since The Allman Brothers played their farewell shows in October 2014, clarifies that he isn’t interested in a full-fledged reunion with Betts, but he would like to jam with him again.

“I love my band and I’m pretty set for guitar players, but I’d love to see Betts,” he explains. “We had our ups and down and all our demons. We had our problems, our ins and outs and our public embarrassments on both sides. But that’s all way behind us now. There’s nothing at all wrong with forgive and forget.”

Allman has a bunch of upcoming U.S. tour dates lined up with his Gregg Allman Band, including a series of joint shows with The Doobie Brothers. He tells The Wall Street Journal that his backing group actually is more focused on playing music than The Allman Brothers Band was.

“The Allman Brothers never had a leader or focal point after my brother died. One who says, ‘Guys, get on your instruments, we’re rehearsing now,” he maintains. “I won’t do anything for more than five hours anymore because I get tired and don’t trust my brain, but in that time my [solo] band can learn eight songs. With the Brothers, we’d sit around, shoot the s***, eat a little food, smoke a doobie, talk about our families…I want to play when we get together!”

Next Friday, August 7, Gregg will release a new two-CD/DVD set called Gregg Allman Live: Back to Macon, GA documenting a concert he and his band played in January 2014 of last year at the historic Grand Opera House in Macon, Georgia. Among the tunes Allman performed at the show were Allman Brothers classics like “Statesboro Blues,” “Melissa,” “Midnight Rider,” “Whipping Post” and “One Way Out,” as well as his solo hit “I’m No Angel.”

Allman also is looking ahead to his next solo album, which he says he’s planning to record with his band and producer Don Was this winter in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. He tells The Wall Street Journal that he and the group currently are “sussing out tunes” for the project.

Here are all of Allman’s upcoming 2015 U.S. tour dates, according to Pollstar:

7/31 — Bridgeport, CT, Gathering of the Vibes – Seaside Park
8/13 — Scranton, PA, The Peach Music Festival
8/18 — Portland, ME, Maine State Pier
8/19 — Boston, MA, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion*
8/21 — Canandaigua, NY, CMAC*
8/22 — Gilford, NH, Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion – Meadowbrook*
8/25 — Alexandria, VA, Birchmere
8/26 — Alexandria, VA, Birchmere
8/28 — Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center *
8/29 — Wantagh, NY, Laidback Festival – Nikon at Jones Beach Theater*
8/30 — Atlantic City, NJ, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa*
9/1 — Cary, NC, Koka Booth Amphitheater*
9/2 — Baltimore, MD, Pier Six Pavilion*
9/4 — Saratoga Springs, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center*
9/5 — Hershey, PA, Hersheypark Stadium
9/20 — Telluride, CO, Telluride Blues & Brews Festival – Telluride Town Park
9/24 — Los Angeles, CA , Skirball Cultural Center
10/3 — Stateline, NV, Harrah’s Lake Tahoe
10/4 — Sonoma, CA, Sonoma Music Festival – Field of Dreams Park
10/6 — Solana Beach, CA, Belly Up Tavern
10/7 — Solana Beach, CA, Belly Up Tavern
10/9 — Las Vegas, NV, Pearl Concert Theater
10/13 — Boulder, CO, Boulder Theater
10/14 — Boulder, CO, Boulder Theater
10/18 — St. Louis, MO, The Venue – River City Casino
10/30 — New Buffalo, MI, Four Winds Casino – Silver Creek Event Center

* = with The Doobie Brothers.

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