Arguably, it can be said that Lynyrd Skynyrd is the quintessential American rock band. The band rose to worldwide recognition on the basis of its live performances and signature tunes “Sweet Home Alabama” and “Free Bird.”
The rock and roll powerhouse has continually toured and this summer they head out on the start of their Farwell Tour which will run through 2018-2019. The tour will take them across the United States and around the world playing their favorite venues one last time.
And so Skynyrd stands, “still unbroken.” “People may say, ‘they need the money,’ well I don’t think any of us need the money,” Van Zant says. “It’s just that we love the music, it’s bigger than the money, it’s not even about that anymore. We have to make a living, sure, but it’s about the legacy of Lynyrd Skynyrd, and what it stands for, what the fans are all about. There’s nothing like getting out there playing a great show with Skynyrd and seeing people love this music.”
The epitome of Southern rock music, Skynyrd does not offer high-concept gloss. Instead, since its emergence from the Jacksonville, Fla. music scene, Skynyrd has consistently spoken about the harsh humanity facing the American everyman. “We saw the Beatles on Ed Sullivan like everybody else in our generation, and freaked out and wanted to start a rock’n’roll band,” Skynyrd guitarist Gary Rossington told Billboard. “But then we got serious, and we really had this dream to become something, to make a mark. We just worked and sweated our way to it. We had that fire in our eyes.”
After over 30 years in the business and 26 million records sold worldwide, the fire has yet to burn out. Skynyrd was inducted into the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 2006. It was a moment of recognition long overdue.
Despite their intensive touring schedule that routinely includes nearly 100 dates a year, Skynyrd even now comes across as seamless road veterans. They have recently toured with their contemporaries the Allman Brothers as well as Kid Rock, Sammy Hagar 3 Doors Down, Bad Company and Hank Williams Jr. It’s only fitting that the kings of modern rock music continue to shoulder on after all these years while touring with fresh-faced contenders to their crown.
In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine ranked the group No. 95 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.
Go ahead, yell for “Free Bird,” you know you want to!
Reserved pavilion seats are priced at $119.50, $89.50, or $65. General admission lawn tickets are $39.75 each. [text-blocks id=”38190″ slug=”blossom”]