via Live For Music Last November, Dickie Betts gave a statement on the subject of his retirement: " My career is over. It's a little bit of burnout, a little sour grapes, a little bit like a boxer who gives it up. It's pretty tough, to tell you the truth. Everyone wishes they could be young forever. "
Well, those days of leisure were short-lived. Tuesday Night he played his first show in four years in his hometown of Sarasota, Fla., billed as a “live rehearsal show” before his 2018 summer tour. The Dickie Betts Band includes his son Duane (vocals/guitar), drummers Frankie Lombardi and Steve Camilleri, bassist Pedro Arevalo, guitarist Damon Fowler, and keyboardist Mike Kach.
The set included a performance of “Midnight Rider,” which was penned by the late Gregg Allman. This was the first time Betts played the song since leaving the Allman Brothers Band in 2000.
Here's a list of upcoming Dickie Betts Band 2018 Tour Dates:
May 15: Sarasota, FL–White Buffalo Saloon
May 17: Macon, GA–Macon City Auditorium
May 19: Boca Raton, FL—Sunset Cove Amphitheater
July 15: Patchogue, NY–Great South Bay Music Festival
July 18: New York, NY–The Beacon Theatre
July 19-22: Scranton, PA–The Peach Music Festival
July 20 Ridgefield, CT–Ridgefield Playhouse
July 21 Staten Island, NY–St. George Theater