"They were a barely-controlled tornado!
When they took to the stage, it was magic." — RetroTechNoir
ISSUE #35 LYNYRD SKYNYRD
UPDATED FEBRUARY 17, 2023
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"The band practiced like madmen - up to 18 hours a day. When they took to the stage, it was magic." — RetroTechNoir
ISSUE #35 EXCERPTS
August 21, 1976, Lynyrd Skynyrd took the stage at Knebworth
PEERLESS CHEMISTRY & TALENT - A PHENOMENON
"Lynyrd Skynyrd wasn't a band - it was a barely-controlled tornado. Fistfights & broken bones were common. Drugs & booze were everywhere. Despite it, the band practiced like madmen - up to 18 hours a day. When they took to the stage, it was magic."
“After smoking pot with Jack Nicholson, according to Gary Rossington, the band was especially loose for their opening slot with the Stones at Knebworth Park in the U.K, 1976. At the climax of a rousing set, Ronnie encouraged his guitarists to solo on the stage’s extending ramp – in the shape of the Stones’ famous tongue logo. “Mick Jagger was mad,” says Rossington. “It took their breath away to see how well we went over and how we broke their only rule: don’t go out on the tongue.”
ISSUE #34 EXCERPTS
Capricorn Records Studio
Alan & Phil Walden at Capricorn Records Studio, Macon, GA, "Birthplace of Rock." As seen in Rock Legend News Issue #34, Capricorn Records, Southern Rock. Tours available at Capricorn.
LYNYRD SKYNYRD FREE BIRD DEMO
Muscle Shoals Sound Studio
Lynyrd Skynyrd's demo version of, "Free Bird" was recorded at:
3614 Jackson Highway - Muscle Shoals Sound Studio. Tours available of Muscle Shoals. @BFisch: "There was another demo recorded before the Muscle Shoals "album." The very first recording of Free Bird did not have a piano part since it was recorded before Powell joined the band. It was also recorded before they added the solo at the end, so it faded out after the last chorus (click green record to listen to it)."
Lynyrd Skynyrd 8x10 on the wall of Grant’s Lounge, where they auditioned for Capricorn Records in the early 1970s. You can watch Alan Walden, who managed the band at that time, talk about the early days of Lynyrd Skynyrd on Southern Rock Insider’s Youtube Channel: Southern Rock Insider
"They were turned down by nine major record companies!" "Allen Collins was my Duane Allman."
—Alan Walden, Lynyrd Skynyrd's first manager
Road To Hell House
"I think people who want to do something do it - no matter what. And, they won't quit until they do it." — Gary Rossington
UPDATED April 3, 2023
Lynyrd Skynyrd Tribute Medley of “Simple Man” & “Sweet Home Alabama” 2023 CMT Music Awards
Bassist Pete Way, UFO & Waysted
Excerpt With Pete Way
Rock Legend News: "I want to ask you the same thing I am asking others because it is a profound occurrence now. Why do you think the 80’s are re-igniting? I mean, it is like it’s 1985 in Colombia, South America; it is happening here in Italy and it is apparent all over the world that the 80’s and even the 70’s rock styles are becoming enlivened again."
Pete Way: "Because we all tried to be better than each other so the music had a particular spark to it. The music back then was quality. Great songs and great sound. Anything that wouldn’t make it on X Factor! Would Led Zeppelin have made it on XFactor - I don’t think so."
“Pete Way is one of this country's true heavy rock legends. Few bassists have done more to elevate the profile of the Thunderbird than Pete Way.”
—Alexo, “Way Up: Pete Way”
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