Gregg Allman’s liver transplant yesterday comes just a month before he’s set to attend his daughter’s wedding, but doctor’s assure him he’ll be up and running in time for the big event. As with most transplants, the surgery came as a bit of a surprise: Allman got the call late Tuesday night that a liver was available for him, and rushed to the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla. According to his manager, the rocker expects to be in the hospital for a week, and may be able to return to touring as early as November.
As for his 29-year-old daughter Island’s wedding:
“It’s his dream to be able to walk her down the aisle,” his manager said.
Island’s mom is Julie Bindas, to whom Allman was married from 1979-1981.
The Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famer, who’d battled addiction for years and recently made our list of History’s Best Brother Bands, had been on the transplant list for some time, due to his chronic liver damage. “I changed my ways years ago, but we can’t turn back time,” he said in a press release. “Every day is a gift, and I can’t wait to get back on the road making music with my friends.”