Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Webster PRThe Allman Brothers Band played what is believed will be its final concert this past Tuesday at New York City’s Beacon Theater. Now, founding Allmans singer/guitarist Dickey Betts, who acrimoniously parted ways with the group in 2000, has shared his feelings about his former group’s apparent retirement.

In a new interview with the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Betts, who has continued to perform with his own solo outfit Great Southern, maintains, “It makes it easier on my band because half their show is s**t I wrote, which I do in my show.” He adds, “I don’t have to do Gregg Allman songs. It will be easier as far as people understanding.”

Betts wrote many of The Allman Brothers Band’s best-known songs, including the group’s biggest hit, “Ramblin’ Man,” and such classics as “Blue Sky,” “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed,” “Jessica” and “Revival,” The Allmans continued to play most of those tunes regularly at its shows, something Betts seems to take exception to.

“I kind of question whether to say this or not,” he tells the newspaper, “but it’s almost like the Allman Brothers turned into an Allman Brothers tribute band.”

Betts does have some complimentary things to say about the three other surviving original Allman Brothers Band members, praising frontman Gregg Allman’s “golden voice,” as well as the drumming of Jaimoe and Butch Trucks.

However, he clearly remains unhappy about his ex-band mates’ decision to fire him from the group.

“I think the Allman Brothers made a big mistake when they started eating their young,” Betts declares.

With regard to why he was pushed out of the Allmans, Betts says, somewhat vaguely, “[H]uman nature is you work shoulder to shoulder in a real emotional kind of setting and there are jealousies that come up. There’s resentment and resentment turns to just outright bad things. And that’s what happened.”

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