Allen Woody Benefit Booked; Gov't Mule Mates Carry On

Friends of the late Gov't Mule bassist Allen Woody, including the Allman Brothers Band, the Black Crowes, and Phil Lesh & Friends will be gathering at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City September 21 for a concert dubbed "One For Woody."

Tickets for the sold-out show were priced at $75 and $100 apiece, with proceeds going to the late bassist's family.

The musician died suddenly of still unknown causes on August 26 (see "Gov't Mule's Allen Woody Dies"). An autopsy was inconclusive, and other test results are still pending.

Woody was once a member of the Allman Brothers Band and a close associate of the other artists on the bill. Also performing will be the surviving Gov't Mule members, Warren Haynes and Matt Abts.

Meanwhile, the band's agent, Kevin Daly, has confirmed to MTV News that Haynes and Abts will still perform in the opening slot on the pending Ben Harper tour as a duo, but they will

be billed under their own names and not as Gov't Mule.

"If anybody saw Warren and Matt's performance at Woody's memorial service," Daly told MTV News, "they wouldn't doubt they could do it alone. It was absolutely electrifying."

The tour dates with Harper are scheduled for November 9 to 19 (see "Ben Harper Preps Live Double-Album Set").

According to Gov't Mule manager Stefani Scamardo, a final decision on the future of the band will be made very soon, and she does not rule out that the group might continue under the Gov't Mule moniker.

Scamardo also added that contrary to Internet rumors, a concert in New York state canceled shortly before Woody's death was not related to the bassist's health, but rather to unspecified music industry politics.