Watch Lady Antebellum Sing ‘Midnight Rider’ for Gregg Allman
During their Saturday night (May 27) stop on their 2017 You Look Good World Tour, Lady Antebellum honored the late Gregg Allman with a cover of the Allman Brothers Band‘s “Midnight Rider.” Readers can press play above to watch a snippet of the performance.
"You'll be missed," Lady A write in the caption of the short clip of their "Midnight Rider" performance. Viewers will see the country trio's Charles Kelley, standing at the very edge of the stage, taking lead vocals on the classic song, with Dave Haywood and Hillary Scott adding harmonies.
The Allman Brothers Band’s version of “Midnight Rider” — a single from their 1970 album Idlewild South — never charted, but covers of the song by Joe Cocker, Willie Nelson and Allman as a solo artist became chart hits. Plenty of others have also covered the iconic song.
Country Artists Pay Tribute to Gregg Allman
News of Allman’s death, at the age of 69, broke on Saturday afternoon; per a statement on Allman’s official website, the Southern rock icon — both a solo artist and a founding member of the Allman Brothers Band — “passed away peacefully at his home in Savannah, Ga.”
Allman’s health had declined in recent years: In March of 2017, he canceled all of his tour plans for the remainder of the year. On April 24, rumors began to circulate that Allman had entered hospice care, but the singer soon made it clear that he was not in hospice, but was “resting on my doctor’s orders.”
“Gregg struggled with many health issues over the past several years. During that time, Gregg considered being on the road playing music with his brothers and solo band for his beloved fans, essential medicine for his soul,” the statement on Allman’s website reads. “Playing music lifted him up and kept him going during the toughest of times.”
Lady Antebellum are preparing to release a new album, Heart Break, on June 9. They began their You Look Good World Tour on Friday (May 26).
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