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WELCOME to the official Chuck Leavell website! Chuck has been honored to play piano and keyboards with many fine musical artists in his career including The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, The Allman Brothers Band, The Black Crowes, Gov’t Mule, Train, John Mayer and many others. Chuck is an inductee in the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, and recently received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for his work with the Allman Brothers Band. Chuck is also a solo artist in his own right. His latest CD just released is called "Back To The Woods: a tribute to the pioneers of blues piano". Chuck is also one of the most dedicated and revered conservationists in the world. His recent book, "Growing A Better America" has been revered by the environmental community as one of the best books on "smart growth" in recent years. This site will keep you up to date on all his current activities.

David Gilmour Busts Out Pink Floyd Classic ‘One Of These Days’ After 22 Years

On Saturday night renowned guitarist David Gilmour of Pink Floyd fame kicked off the latest leg of his Rattle That Lock Tour with a band including Allman Brothers Band/Pink Floyd keyboardist Chuck Leavell. Gilmour began his tour at Plac Wolności in Wrocław, Poland with the help of the NFM Filharmonia Wrocławska Orchestra. The show featured a huge surprise as Gilmour & Co. busted out a Pink Floyd classic for the first time since the legendary act’s final tour in 1994.

“One Of These Days” is the opening track from Pink Floyd’s 1971 album Meddle. While the song was a staple of early ’70s Pink Floyd tours and both of the band’s final tours in 1987 and 1994, Gilmour had never performed “One Of These Days” on any of his solo runs. Saturday finally saw David perform the tune and he played it once again last night in Vienna. David Gilmour’s opening show in Poland was broadcast on Polish television.

The tour opener also included the live debut of “Dancing Right In Front Of Me” from Rattle That Lock with the rest of the setlist similar to other 2015 – 2016 David Gilmour performances.

[Coming Back To Life]

[Wish You Were Here]

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Chuck on tour now with David Gilmour in Europe!

From Chuck > “I was pleased and surprised to be contacted by David (Gilmour) a couple of months ago asking me if I would be available to tour with him in June and July. My first contact with David was back in 1984 when I was the Musical Director of a show broadcast on MTV called “Guitar Greats”. David was a part of that, and he was amazing. Then a few years later when I was with Eric Clapton, David invited me and some of the other members of the band to his home where we had a memorable night talking about music and life in general. To have him reach out to me now is truly an honor, and I can’t wait to start work with him and the band. My good friend, Greg Phillinganes, who I was honored to work with during some of my Clapton days will also be playing keyboards on the tour and I look forward to “tag teaming” with him again. The timing for this is perfect, as the Stones will gear up again for our “Desert Trip” shows and some other activity in September and October. So this is proving to be an extraordinary year for me!

David Gilmour – Summer 2016

  • 6/25/16 Wrocław @ Wrocław’s Market Square
  • 6/27/16 Vienna @ Schönbrunn Palace
  • 6/28/16 Vienna @ Schönbrunn Palace
  • 7/02/16 Roma @ Via del Circo Massimo
  • 7/03/16 Roma @ Via del Circo Massimo
  • 7/07/16 Pompeii @ Roman Amphitheatre
  • 7/08/16 Pompeii @ Roman Amphitheatre
  • 7/10/16 Verona @ Arena di Verona
  • 7/11/16 Verona @ Arena di Verona
  • 7/14/16 Stuttgart @ Schlossplatz
  • 7/16/16 Paris @ Château de Chantilly
  • 7/18/16 Wiesbaden @ Bowling Green
  • 7/20/16 Nîmes @ Les Arènes de Nîmes
  • 7/21/16 Nîmes @ Les Arènes de Nîmes
  • 7/23/16 Arc-et-Senans @ Saline Royale
  • 7/27/16 Tienen @ Grote Markt
  • 7/28/16 Tienen @ Grote Markt

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Rolling Stones’ ‘Exhibitionism’ Heading to New York

The Rolling Stones‘ massive, career-spanning Exhibitionism exhibit, which opened at London’s Saatchi Gallery in April, will head to New York in November.

The Stones and Exhibitionism curator Ileen Gallagher revealed Tuesday that the exhibit – featuring stage clothing, classic album artwork, vintage gear, photography, stage designs, personal diaries, behind-the-scenes footage, a recreation of the band’s first apartment and more memorabilia – will set up shop at the West Village’s Industria Superstudio, the first stop on what’s being billed as “the largest touring experience of its kind ever to be staged.”

“We’ve been thinking about this for quite a long time but we wanted it to be just right and on a large scale,” Mick Jagger said in a statement. “It’s not going to be like walking into a museum. It’s going to be an event, an experience. It’s about a sense of the Rolling Stones – it’s something we want people to go away talking about it.”

Other highlights from the exhibit include a complete history of the Stones’ iconic, John Pasche-created “lips” logo, a video and movie gallery that screens portions of widely-bootlegged documentaryCocksucker Blues and 3D concert footage and tons of memorabilia and ephemera from the band’s personal archives that were housed in a London warehouse, much of it untouched over the past half-century.

“While this is about the Rolling Stones, it’s not necessarily only just about us.” Keith Richards added. “It’s also about all the paraphernalia and technology associated with a group like us, and it’s this, as well as the instruments that have passed through our hands over the years, that should make the exhibition unforgettable.”

In April, Rolling Stone spoke to curator Gallagher about the undertaking of consolidating the band’s long career into a two-story gallery piece.

“The band was interested in doing something thematic that really wasn’t a chronological presentation, for obvious reasons. When you begin in the Sixties and you’ve been going for over 50 years, it kind of has this crescendo and then this downward slope,” Gallagher said. “They wanted their career to be explored thematically, and I think that was definitely the right decision. It allows you to kind of explore these rich topics and their history very cohesively.”

Tickets for New York will go on sale to the general public in September. Register at the Exhibitionism site to be among the first notified of the tickets’ availability.

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The Allman Brothers Dickey Betts’ Great Southern Songs

A recent unauthorized documentary about the Allman Brothers Band lays out a point that many of us have considered but maybe few of us have said out loud: For a moment in time, the Macon, Georgia collective had in its ranks one of the greatest country songwriters in America. His rural tendencies and compositional genius were instrumental in the band’s ability to survive its darkest hours.

For a moment in time, Dickey Betts could have been one of the great voices of new country music in the ‘70s.

When Duane Allman died in late 1971, the Allman Brothers Band stood at a crossroads. Duane had been the driving force of the group, the one that brought together the disparate forces that created the group’s unusual mix of blues, modal jazz and even classical riffs. His brother Gregg gave the band its literal voice and penned some of the unit’s most enduring early material, including “Whipping Post”, which may very well be the best rock song recorded after 1960. But Gregg never settled comfortably into the leadership role that a group demands and the grief of losing one of the guiding lights of his life stunned him. More than one critic has argued that the Allmans never fully recovered from Duane’s loss despite a legacy that stretched decades beyond his passing.

But one member would step forward with the classics that would momentarily propel the band into the future. If that future wasn’t as bright as some of the music would imply, it hardly mattered. For a moment in time, Dickey Betts saved the Allmans. During the early albums his country-inflected leads would serve as a perfect foil to Duane’s swampy, soul-slathered lines. His writing would prove some of the most diverse within the band and provide the group with some of its most commercially successful material.

Betts’ “Les Brers in A Minor” can be seen as a perfect amalgamation of the early Allman’s aesthetic. Its chordal structure, melody and timbre recall the intersection of jazz and classical music heard in John Coltrane’s rendering of pieces such as “Greensleeves”. It’s evidence of a writer with knowledge of classical motifs, with greater compositional acumen than many of his contemporaries. The juxtaposition of these ideas alongside the “low” nature of the music appearing in a rock setting makes the tune all the more a triumph.
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David Gilmour – One Of These Days (Live in Poland)

David Gilmour performs “One Of These Days” at Freedom Square in Wrocław, Poland on June 25, 2016.

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NY Times – Dylan, Rolling Stones and McCartney to Play New Desert Trip Festival

The Coachella of classic rock is coming soon, and it features no less than Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones and Paul McCartney.

Neil Young, the Who and Roger Waters of Pink Floyd will round out the bill for Desert Trip, a new festival scheduled for Oct. 7 through 9 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, Calif., home of the popular Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. But instead of the millennial-heavy crowd that flocked there last month for LCD Soundsystem, Ellie Goulding and Disclosure — accompanied by flower-crown fashion and trendy V.I.P.s — this one aims squarely at baby boomers, a largely untapped festival audience.

Goldenvoice, a California concert promoter that is owned by the global concert giant A.E.G. Live, organized the mega-concert, which will have two acts play full-scale shows — not abbreviated festival sets — per night.

The Rolling Stones and Mr. Dylan are scheduled to get things going on Friday, Oct. 7, with Mr. McCartney and Mr. Young filling the Saturday slots on Oct. 8. Mr. Waters and the Who will close out the event on Sunday, Oct. 9.

Despite their established places in the rock canon, the six acts have never shared a bill. Roger Daltrey of the Who called the lineup “the greatest remains of our era.”

The performers, who have all been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, teased their participation with videos posted this week to social media, but each gave just one hint: “October.”

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Chuck Leavell, Harvey Thompson inducted into Alabama Music Hall of Fame

Two musicians with Tuscaloosa ties will be highlighted during the Thursday night broadcast of the Alabama Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

Among the 2016 inductees were Chuck Leavell, a Birmingham native and Tuscaloosa-raised keyboard player currently on tour with the Rolling Stones, and Harvey Thompson, a saxophonist with the Muscle Shoals Horns and a 1959 graduate of Druid City High School.

The broadcast of the induction ceremony will begin at 8 p.m. Thursday on PBS. The ceremony was taped in February at the Marriott Shoals Conference Center in Florence.

“It was a fantastic experience to be inducted,” Thompson said in a February interview with The Tuscaloosa News, “especially while everyone is still able to be there and still able to perform.”
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Rolling Stone – Stones, McCartney, Dylan, the Who, Waters, Young Confirm Mega-Fest

Three-day fest dubbed Desert Trip will take place this fall – Organizers of Desert Trip, the classic rock fest featuring the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, the Who, Neil Young and Roger Waters, have added a second weekend October 14th-16th.

Six of rock’s biggest artists and bands will perform at the same fest for the first time this fall. The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, the Who, Neil Young and Roger Waters have all confirmed that they will take turns playing Desert Trip, a three-night event from the organizers behind Coachella. The festival will take place at Indio, California’s Empire Polo Club from October 7th through the 9th.

Dylan and the Stones will open the show on Friday with back-to-back sets. Young and his backing band Promise of the Real will pair with McCartney on Saturday, with the Beatle headlining. And the Who and former Pink Floyd singer-songwriter Waters will close out the event on Sunday.
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CNN.com: How Rolling Stones keyboardist Chuck Leavell became an environmental activist

Chuck Leavell is a forester, an environmental activist and a rocker.

As a musical director and keyboardist for The Rolling Stones, Leavell has been recording and touring with the legendary British band since 1982. He is also a former member of The Allman Brothers Band for which he received a Lifetime Achievement Grammy award in 2012.

Rolling Stones keyboardist Chuck Leavell, Mick Jagger and Ronnie Wood of “The Rolling Stones” perform during The Rolling Stones North American “ZIP CODE” Tour in Nashville, Tennessee on June 17, 2015.

Leavell, who is a member of the Global Restoration Council, told CNN that the cultural revolution of the 60s influenced him and awakened in him a passion for environmentalism that became parallel to his passion for rock and roll.

“I was a child of the 60s, okay? So, the cultural revolution that went on at that time — the environment was certainly a big part of it and a lot of us were concerned with the pollution that was rampant throughout that time in our country,” Leavell said.

Leavell’s interest in environmental activism escalated in 1981 when his wife, Rose-Lane, inherited about 1,000 acres from her grandmother near Macon, Georgia. [...] Continue Reading…

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