The two current guitarists for the Allman Brothers Band, Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks, announced Wednesday night that they both planned on leaving the band at the end of the year.

In a joint statement, the guitarists said:

"For 25 years and 15 years respectively, we've had the honor and pleasure of playing, living, learning, and traveling with the Allman Brothers Band, one of the truly legendary rock and roll bands.  We will be forever grateful for the opportunity and the experience, and for the love, enthusiasm, and support of the incredible fans. We are both preparing to dig even deeper into our various creative and musical endeavors and, as a result, 2014 will be our final year as part of the band."

The announcement is one of the biggest blows to a band that has had more than its share of adversity over the years.
Duane Allman, the band's original leader, died in a motorcycle accident in 1971.  Original bassist Berry Oakley died about a year later in a motorcycle crash near the site of Allman's wreck.
Haynes joined the Allman Brothers in 1989.  He left in 1997, but came back in 2000.  Trucks, nephew of drummer Butch Trucks, joined in 2000.  Warren Haynes spends his non-Allman Brothers time with Gov't Mule.  Derek Trucks started the Tedeschi Trucks Band with his wife, Susan Tedeschi, in 2010.
Haynes, Trucks, Allman, and Dickey Betts all landed on Rolling Stone's 2003 list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists.