One has to offer congratulations to Lynyrd Skynyrd, after all this American rock band has made it into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. And why not when you consider that Skynyrd has been one of the most critically acclaimed Southern rock groups of the 70’s. I find it fascinating that the members of the band all went to school together in Florida. They had this teacher called Leonard Skinner and they named the band after Skinner but just changed some of the letters around.
Just sometimes you get a musical force that actually changes the music scene and this is what Allen Collins, Gary Rossington and Ronnie VanZant did. Even decades after the original Skynyrd band was all but wiped out in a plane crash, millions of fans like myself are still buying the records. Yes, the new and reunited version of the band with little brother Johnny is still awesome but the early version of the band can simply never be matched.
Skynyrd’s first two albums known as Lynyrd Skynyrd and Second Helping had all the hits and favorites such as ‘Sweet Home Alabama’, ‘Needle and the Spoon’, ‘Tuesday’s Gone’, and ‘Free Bird’. In fact so many bands have tried to mimic the success of Free Bird with its lyrical start and hard rock ending, but I haven’t heard one that comes close.
Among some of the band’s more recent releases are Edge of Forever and The Last Rebel which are quite typical of the socially conscious songs that have made one sit and listen to Skynyrd’s lineup. The band has certainly known their fair share of tragedy and in 2009, keyboardist Billy Powell passed away of an apparent heart attack.
All is not lost though, and these rock legends have even announced details of a UK tour for 2015 and will feature original member Gary Rossington and joined by Johnny Van Zant, Rickey Medlock and others. The band claims it is about the legacy of Lynyrd Skynyrd and of course for the fans who simply love the music.