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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

32 Years Ago Today Freebirds Fell From The Sky

 For those unaware some quick history:
Lynyrd Skynyrd (pronounced /ˌlɛnərd ˈskɪnərd/ LEN-ərd-SKIN-ərd)[1][2] is an American rock band, formed in Jacksonville, Florida in 1964. The band became prominent in the Southern United States in 1973, and rose to worldwide recognition before three members and one road crew member died in an airplane crash in 1977, including lead vocalist and primary songwriter Ronnie Van Zant. The band reformed in 1987 for a reunion tour with Ronnie's younger brother Johnny Van Zant as the frontman and continues to record music today. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 13, 2006.  read more here
The band, which happened to have always been my favorite next to Pink Floyd to play and perform as a lifelong garage band guitarist and musician, continues onward today even after losing two original members of the band just this year alone not to mention the 5 or 6 I think others since '77's crash! :(

They were actually on Fox and Friends yesterday morning if you didn't see it playing their old stalwarts in the plaza outside promoting their new "God and Guns" CD,  and have also recently jammed with famous bass playing politico Mike Huckabee on his Saturday Fox show a few weeks ago as well.

Almost like their on Fox's payroll lately lol, and in this video they crank out Sweet Home Alabama in front of the biggest crowd I've seen on this show in the morning ever..

As if that wasn't enough staying busy,  they are also headlining the 2010 Sean Hannity Freedom Concert series it was announced a week ago, so they're hopefully not going away any time soon as their heart and soul did that sad day along with other members who were killed in that infamous overnight swamp plane crash 22 years ago on October 20th, 1977.

Here's the video of that show announcement from last weekend I believe..

This is how it was reported in the newspapers that day in Macomb Miss. when the Southern Rock and Roll music died for a time at least that sad night.

Much more from the website in which I culled that newsclip can be found here, it's awesome and filled with great band info if you're a Skynyrd fan or not.

This angle might be a little gory,  but I include this page as it contains the names and locations of burial for all the members who died that day, Allen Collins who passed on later, bassist Leon Wilkerson last year along with his replacement along with original member and super pianist Billy Powell, again, earlier this year.

This is the art from their new cd called  ...


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