65-year old Greg Allman, one of the founding members of the hugely successful '60s and '70's rock band The Allman Brothers, is postponing his book tour in order to have his heart checked out.
"It's just one of those make-sure tests, you know," Allman said. "My heart goes into A Fib (atrial fibrillation) and does those beats — you know, instead of going du-dun, du-dun, du-dun, it goes ta-da-dat-ta-da-doot-doot. There's a little reggae in there somewhere."
Hepatitis C forced Allman to have a liver transplant in 2010, which in turn caused a hernia, and all the health-related setbacks have caused the musician to cancel tour dates, something that annoys him to no end. He says that once he's back to 100%, he'll finish promoting his memoir, "My Cross To Bear", before joining his band on tour this summer. The book details his experiences over a long musical career, which spans four decades and saw solo success after the death of his brother and bandmate Duane Allman.
"I know there's been a lot of people that have had their hearts set — God bless 'em — on seeing me and my boys perform and seeing me and the Brothers perform," Allman said. "And because of this virus and all these damned surgeries, I had to cancel. I've always really held that sacred and a no-show I am not. I'd like extend my apology to them. It's just kind of a bigger bump than I expected in the road, and as of this summer I'll be there with bells on in the future."