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Lynyrd Skynyrd

Lynyrd Skynyrd was the definitive Southern rock band, fusing the overdriven power of blues-rock with a rebellious Southern image and a hard rock swagger. Skynyrd never relied on the jazzy improvisations of the Allman Brothers. Instead, they were a hard-living, hard-driving rock & roll band -- they may have jammed endlessly on-stage, but their music remained firmly entrenched in blues, rock, and country. For many, Lynyrd Skynyrd's redneck image tended to obscure the songwriting skills of their leader, Ronnie Van Zant. Throughout the band's early records, Van Zant demonstrated a knack for lyrical detail and a down-to-earth honesty that had more in common with country than rock & roll. During the height of Skynyrd's popularity in the mid-'70s, however, Van Zant's talents were overshadowed by the group's gritty, greasy blues-rock. Sadly, it wasn't until he was killed in a tragic plane crash in 1977 along with two other bandmembers that many listeners began to realize his talents. Skynyrd split up after the plane crash, but they reunited a decade later, becoming a popular concert act during the early '90s.

While in high school in Jacksonville, FL, Ronnie Van Zant (vocals), Allen Collins (guitar), and Gary Rossington (guitar) formed My Backyard. Within a few months, the group added bassist Leon Wilkeson and keyboardist Billy Powell, and changed their name to Lynyrd Skynyrd, a mocking tribute to their gym teacher Leonard Skinner, who was notorious for punishing students with long hair. With drummer Bob Burns, Lynyrd Skynyrd began playing throughout the South. For the first few years, the group had little success, but producer Al Kooper signed the band to MCA after seeing them play at an Atlanta club called Funocchio's in 1972. Kooper produced the group's 1973 debut, Pronounced Leh-Nerd Skin-Nerd, which was recorded after former Strawberry Alarm Clock guitarist Ed King joined the band. The group became notorious for their triple-guitar attack, which was showcased on "Free Bird," a tribute to the recently deceased Duane Allman. "Free Bird" earned Lynyrd Skynyrd their first national exposure and it became one of the staples of album rock radio, still receiving airplay decades after its release.

"Free Bird" and an opening slot on the Who's 1973 Quadrophenia tour gave Lynyrd Skynyrd a devoted following, which helped their second album, 1974's Second Helping, become its breakthrough hit. Featuring the hit single "Sweet Home Alabama" -- a response to Neil Young's "Southern Man" -- Second Helping reached number 12 and went multi-platinum. At the end of the year, Artimus Pyle replaced drummer Burns and King left the band shortly afterward. The new sextet released Nuthin' Fancy in 1975, and it became the band's first Top Ten hit. The record was followed by the Tom Dowd-produced Gimme Back My Bullets in 1976, which failed to match the success of its two predecessors. However, the band retained their following through constant touring, which was documented on the double live album One More from the Road. Released in late 1976, the album featured the band's new guitarist, Steve Gaines, and a trio of female backup singers, and it became Skynyrd's second Top Ten album.

Lynyrd Skynyrd released their sixth album, Street Survivors, on October 17, 1977. Three days later, a privately chartered plane carrying the band between shows in Greenville, SC, and Baton Rouge, LA, crashed outside of Gillsburg, MS. Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines, and his sister Cassie, one of the group's backing vocalists, died in the crash; the remaining members were injured. (The cause of the crash was either fuel shortage or a fault with the plane's mechanics.) The cover for Street Survivors had pictured the band surrounded in flames; after the crash, the cover was changed. In the wake of the tragedy, the album became one of the band's biggest hits. Lynyrd Skynyrd broke up after the crash, releasing a collection of early demos called Skynyrd's First and...Last in 1978; it had been scheduled for release before the crash. The double-album compilation Gold & Platinum was released in 1980.

Later in 1980, Rossington and Collins formed a new band -- naturally named Rossington Collins Band -- that featured four surviving members. Two years later, Pyle formed the Artimus Pyle Band. Collins suffered a car crash in 1986 that killed his girlfriend and left him paralyzed; four years later, he died of respiratory failure. In 1987, Rossington, Powell, King, and Wilkeson reunited Lynyrd Skynyrd, adding vocalist Johnny Van Zant and guitarist Randall Hall. The band embarked on a reunion tour, which was captured on the 1988 double live album Southern by the Grace of God/Lynyrd Skynyrd Tribute Tour -- 1987. The re-formed Skynyrd began recording in 1991, and for the remainder of the decade, the band toured frequently, putting out albums occasionally. The reunited Skynyrd frequently switched drummers, but it had little effect on their sound.

During the '90s, Lynyrd Skynyrd were made honorary colonels in the Alabama State Militia, due to their classic rock staple "Sweet Home Alabama." During the mid-'90s, Van Zant, Rossington, Wilkeson, and Powell regrouped by adding two Southern rock veterans to Skynyrd's guitar stable: former Blackfoot frontman Rickey Medlocke and ex-Outlaws Hughie Thomasson. With ex-Damn Yankee Michael Cartellone bringing stability to the drum chair, the reconstituted band signed to CMC International for the 1997 album Twenty. This lineup went on to release Lyve from Steel Town in 1998, followed a year later by Edge of Forever. The seasonal effort Christmas Time Again was released in fall 2000. Although Wilkeson died one year later, Lynyrd Skynyrd regrouped and recorded Vicious Cycle for a 2003 release. The DVD/CD Lyve: The Vicious Cycle Tour followed a year later, 2006 saw the release of Face to Face, and 2007 brought Paper Sleeve Box. But death continued to haunt the band, and the lineup continued to change, as much from attrition as anything else. Wilkeson, Skynyrd's bassist since 1972, died in 2001 and was replaced by Ean Evans that same year (Evans in turn died in 2009). Thomasson left the band to reform his band Outlaws in 2005, dying two years later in 2007. His spot in Skynyrd was taken by Mark "Sparky" Matejka, formerly of Hot Apple Pie, in 2006. Original keyboardist Powell died at the age of 56 at his home near Jacksonville, FL in 2009. That year also saw the release of a new studio album, God + Guns, on Roadrunner Records. Live from Freedom Hall was released on the same label in 2010. A new studio album, Last of a Dyin' Breed, produced by Bob Marlette, recorded at Blackbird Studio in Nashville, and featuring a new bass player, Johnny Colt (formerly a bassist for the Black Crowes), appeared in 2012. In April 2015, original Skynyrd drummer Bob Burns died in a single-car accident in Bartow County, Georgia. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine & Steve Leggett, Rovi
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The confederate flag ain't a symbol if slavery it's a symbol of the south and it's culture fly the flag
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Follow me and I will follow you back!
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smith98387
A flag is nothing more than a symbol, just like someone flippin you off. Get over it people! Next thing you know, flags will start killin people just like the spoon made you fat.
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nicko252008
Fly the flag!!
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The Union flag was hoisted on the slave ships, not the Rebel flag. After the war Lincoln sent his army to wipe out the Indians. Genocide is pretty racist. The Union flag should be taken down everywhere in shame.
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How could anyone " hate" Neil Young.
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Southern rock wont change... We are talkin music here!
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As they should take the flag down... It would demonstrate disrespect if it was to be left up after such a tragic day. Hang up your American flag if you are such diehards!
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desiree.whee l e r
@MooMoo007 say it ain't so! I hope this awesome band doesn't jump on the pc band wagon if that is true it is a very sad day for this Georgia girl........ .
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desiree.whee l e r
Southern rock at its finest!!!!
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I've seen Ronnie and the boys back on
7/2/77 Oakland Ca.
Bill Graham presents Day On The Green.
The Outlaws opened up the show. Carlos Santana, then Lynyrd Skynyrd and Peter Frampton was the head liner on the bill. Sorry, but I left after Skynyrd. I snuck in a 5th of 90 proof Jack Daniels and Ronnie took a sip from that bottle. I kept that bottle until it was stolen back in 2002. That was before the tragic plane crash...
BEST DAMM CONCERT EVER
JMHO....
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I heard they won't fly the rebel flag anymore. What a bunch of fake a** posers. They aren't a real Southern rock band anymore.
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What smell, the smell that's around u!!!!!! Blow some up this way. PEACE
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Red white blue
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wings8486
Sweet Home Alabama on Adele radio? Okey dokey
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Love them
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My father passed away two months ago and we honored his request to play free bird at his funeral and it was absolutely beautiful
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If You collected Music like the rest of us did,you wouldn't be so stupid.
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It's Lynyrd Skynyrd not Lynrd Skyfd.
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Hey TURTLE,here' s where you really made a mistake.I Dont't Lynrd Skyrd is the f**k'n best Southernern Rock of all time
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Old school Rock. Love it.
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Go and play more
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palmettocoop
Duval boys done good. Westside loves y'all!
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alex.h.rice
Best band of all time. Wish i could go back in time and see them play.
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My life my spirit was and is there music , they refinded me . American
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I Dont't Lynrd Skyrd is the f**k'n best Southernern Rock of all time
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My dad loves them
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Loved LS since there debut album, bought the Street Survivors album the day it came out Flames and all. If you've never seen the movie Free Bird rent it ,buy it, just get it and you will see Ronnie Van Zant as the conductor he was. Wasn't the biggest guy in the world but had a Hell of a Stage Presence.
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Going to see Skynyrd for the first time in October! WOOHOO!
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Shinedown did an excellent cover but always go to the original to see what the standard is. Simple Man totally rocks and Lynyrd Skynyrd delivers on the original.
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I love this song! Lynyrd Skynyrd is one of the best bands from the 70s! I love how they make fun of Neil Young. I hate Neil Young.
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Great band and great music, love love love them
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Such a chill jam
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I'm 16 and Skynyrd is life By God
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Great Sounding Great Beat Grovie Lynyrd Skynyrd
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2 drummers 3 lead guitarist = True Southern Rock.
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Amaaaaaaaaaa a a z i n g sound
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Here's a bit of trivia..... Aerosmith looked at and nearly purchased the same aircraft that crashed with Skynyrd on board... RIP Ron, Steve, Cassie, Artemus, and Ed.
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God and guns. Is a song you should take to heart there's so much truth in it that it makes me think hard.
About the way non. Americans. Would own our Asss if we gave. Them a chance with no guns or no god to back. Us. ?!!!!
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Lynyrd skynyrd rock's.
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LOVE SKYNYRD!!!!! ! ! !
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Just Lose Myself in Their Music
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Iconic Southern Rock Group F**k'n aaaaah!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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These guys were really great in the original lineup, but watching todays incarnation of Lynyrd Skynyrd is merely seeing a tribute band, or a cover band get rich off of someone elses work.
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Sweet Home Alabama....l o r d I'm coming home to you! Love love love ❤️
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Sweet Home Alabama and Roll Tide Roll!!!!
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Skynyrd hits my heart and soul with every song.
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1975 Dallas Texas one of the greatest concert I ever saw will never forget Ronnie the most
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