Ironically, Allman had been scheduled to perform Saturday night at the Grand Old Opera House, about 2 miles from the fabled museum, before health issues forced him to cancel all of his tour dates earlier this year.
While only close friends and family were allowed inside for the festivities – mostly the 150-ish who attended Allman’s private funeral ceremony Saturday afternoon at Snow’s Memorial Chapel, plus about 50 additional well-wishers – fans once again showed their allegiance to the Allman name and celebrated outside the Big House as the music played.
On Saturday afternoon, thousands of the Southern rock disciples lined Riverside Drive to watch the motorcade to Rose Hill and clamored around tombstones inside the cemetery to view the brief burial ceremony.
“The family felt so loved” by the turnout, Lehman said. “Gregg was a special person. He penetrated a lot of people’s souls.”