Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Dickey Betts Blasts Butch Trucks Over Robert Plant Velvet Pants Remarks

Former Allman Brothers guitarist Dickey Betts has blasted the band's drummer Butch Trucks - accusing him of fabricating a clash between late rock legend Duane Allman and Robert Plant.

In a recent interview with Relix magazine, Trucks recalled Allman's alleged fury over seeing Led Zeppelin rocker Plant prancing around on stage in velvet trousers during a concert in 1969. He claimed his former bandmate had to be held back from attacking Plant after the stage antics, and had lost all respect for his idol.

Trucks said: "Robert Plant starts running all over the stage with his velvet pants on, and we were all looking at each other, (like) 'What the f**k is this?'
"It was as much about the ballet and the costumes as about the music, if not more so... Duane got up and said, 'I'm either going to go up there and kick the f**k out of that guy or we're leaving.' And we all got up and left. It just infuriated Duane. He was so let down by one of his gods."

But Betts, who left the Allman Brothers Band in 2000, is standing up for Allman - insisting the rocker wasn't "narrow-minded".

He tells the New York Post, "I know Duane didn't feel that way and never said that. We loved (Led Zeppelin guitarist, Jimmy) Page and those guys. It's ludicrous. And it's not fair to Duane Allman, who has passed away and can't speak for himself. He had velvet pants himself."

Allman died in 1971.

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