Allman Brothers Band guitarist to undergo brain surgery after ‘freak accident’

More bad news for yet another music legend.

The Allman Brothers Band’s founding guitarist, Dickey Betts, had a freak accident this weekend and is now scheduled for emergency brain surgery on Friday.

Freak Accident

According to friends and family, Betts suffered a freak accident while playing with his dog.

Betts reportedly slipped and cracked his head.

The injury caused “bleeding from the brain.”

The legendary guitarist was immediately taken to a local hospital for treatment.

More Medical Problems

Betts has remained as active as ever in his 70s, but he has had some recent medical issues.

Only last month, Betts had suffered a mild stroke.

That medical problem caused him to cancel several tour dates for the Dickey Betts Band.

Just last week, though, Betts seemed to have fully recovered and was excited to get back on tour.

Prior to this accident, Betts had planned on getting back on stage by November 1.

Hopefully Not End of Career

We are hoping this will not put an end to his career but if it does, he has incredible achievements to look back upon.

Betts is best-known for his association with the Allman Brothers Band, of which he was a founding member.

When Duane Allman died in 1971, Betts took over as the sole guitarist, but not without challenges.

In order to fill in for Duane, Betts had to learn how to play slide guitar, which he did by practicing intensely.

Betts also took on a larger singing role with the band after Duane’s passing.

The collapse of The Allman Brothers Band in 1976 led to the formation of Dickey Betts & Great Southern.

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Eventually, The Allman Brothers would get back together, pulling several members from Great Southern to fill in the voids.

Problems with drugs and alcohol were reportedly led to The Allman Brothers Band firing Betts, which is when he formed The Dickey Betts Band in 2000.

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