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Gregg Allman is still here

Gregg Allman turned 66 on Dec. 8, and not for a lack of trying not to. The lead vocalist for the Allman Brothers Band since 1969, Allman has, in no particular order, scaled mountains of cocaine; siphoned rivers of alcohol into his liver, which in 2010 he replaced with a healthier one; married and divorced Cher; married and divorced five women not named Cher; contracted hepatitis C, possibly while getting a tattoo; and played for nearly 45 years straight in a band with two drummers. He also, of course, endured the tragic death of his older brother, Duane, at the dawn of their band's fame.

Allman recounts many of these exploits and egresses in a 2011 autobiography he titled "My Cross To Bear" and which the New York Times book critic Dwight Garner said is "so wriggling with amorous women that it can resemble a Feydeau farce performed mostly in panties." The book, Garner added, is "a slightly better-than-average rock memoir."

Allman, who reportedly has been sober since the 1990s, will appear Saturday at the Kravis Center, where fans should expect to hear songs from his most recent studio album, 2011's excellent "Low Country Blues," as well as some Allman Brothers classics. If they're lucky, maybe Allman will share a story or two.

Gregg Allman will perform 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., in West Palm Beach. Tickets cost $25 to $100. Call 800-572-8471 or go to

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