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Lynyrd Skynyrd Brings Farewell Tour To Red Rocks This Fall

Lynyrd Skynyrd Brings Farewell Tour To Red Rocks This Fall

Patrik Essy

March 9th, 2020

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If you said that you’ve never heard one of these classics by this beloved rock band you’d not only be lying to us but yourself. Gimme three steps, Tuesday’s Gone, Simple man and of course Sweet Home Alabama. Lynyrd Skynyrd has been around blessing the world with original rock & roll since their first tour in 1973. Original band members Ronnie Van Zant (lead singer), Allen Collins (Guitar), Gary Rossington (guitar), Ed King (Guitar), Billy Powell (Keyboard), Leon Wilkeson (Bass) and Bob Burns (Drums) began touring around the United States and a little of Canada in the early 70’s. Beginning their journey in 1964, that’s when the band was started. Down in Jacksonville Florida where they formed, the band began to tour around under different names for a few years until finally discovering the name, Lynyrd Skynyrd. They have recently announced a final farewell tour which has already started and will end late 2020. It may or may not be coming to Colorado’s Red Rocks this fall.

The Early Days About the Band

Most bands go through a number of different names, lineup changes and sometimes problems until they find perfection. That’s exactly what this band did. Being known as the “The Nobel Five”, “My Backyard” and “One Percent” in the mid 60’s early 70’s was what they went by. It’s actually a very interesting story, back in school two members of the band were disciplined by their gym teacher for having too long of hair. That gym teacher’s name, Leonard Skinner. They shouted out the new name at a gig one night, saw the incredible amazing reaction and was then known as Lynyrd Skynyrd. They did, of course, alter the name a slight bit to make it their own original name. Recording hits right off out of the gate their first album was a hit. Songs such as Simple Man, Tuesday’s Gone, Free Bird and much more could be found on that album. The Florida boys continued the tour life as they eventually opened up for The Who in 1973. After that incredible experience and the positive response from the first album, the team got back into the studio for their second album, Second Helping.

A Loss in Rock and Roll History

1977 rolls around and the band is on a plane returning home from a gig in South Carolina. The airplane ended up running short on gas which caused it to crash into Mississippi woods. Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines, backup singer Cassie Gaines and road manager Dean Kilpatrick along with both pilots lost their lives that day. As the rest of the band began to recover from the injuries of the crash, they decided to take a break. After about 10 years the band returns with a new lead singer, Johnny Van Zant. Later on, in 2007, Hughie Thomasson passed away from a heart attack, he was currently one of the guitarists. A couple of years later keyboardist Billy Powell passed away from heart problems. Allen Collins and Leon Wilkeson are also no longer with the band today. Lynyrd Skynyrd continues on the legacy with original member Gary Rossington joined by Johnny Van Zant, Rickey Medlocke, Mark Matejka, Carol Chase, Johnny Colt, Peter Keys, Dale Rossington and Michael Cartellone.

Becoming Hall of Fame Worthy

With a new lead singer, the band decides to go on a full-scale new tour, you could say they launched Skynyrd 2.0. Recording a live album from this tour it was an absolute hit! Making the move from Florida to Atlanta in the early ’70s, this seemed to be a very productive move. Sweet Home Alabama was shown to the world, and the response was incredible. Landing themselves on the top 100 charts in three separate countries was huge. The band was also starting to be recognized as one of the top touring acts in the country. Being inducted into the Hall of Fame by a close friend, Kid Rock, it must’ve made for a very special event for the band. Later going on tour with Kid Rock as an opener, this 2006 inducted band deserved to have a spot in the hall.

Where Are They Today?

Continuing to tour the world even to this day is incredible, the legacy Lynyrd Skynyrd is actually on tour right now. With a show on March 7th in Georgia to a show in Pennsylvania on April 17th, this band will be touring the United States. Playing classics and new studio hits are something the band does during their performances to make it one of a kind. Touring around with Jamey Johnson, The Marshall Tucker Band, Kid Rock, Bad Company and more have made for a great past couple decades.

Red Rocks Amphitheater

Lynyrd Skynyrd has recently announced their farewell tour, which they are on right now. This tour will conclude at the end of 2020 with some very special dates that are yet to be announced. One including Red Rocks Amphitheater on Monday, September 28th, 2020. Yes they will be at Red Rocks Amphitheater this fall on for one night only! Tickets will be available for purchase on Monday, March 13th, 2020. Tickets can be found for purchase on AXS. For being the huge name rock & roll legacy that Lynyrd Skynyrd is, this is one tour that is not to be missed, this will 100% sell out. It’s the last one of them all, a true farewell. They will be missed dearly but will continue to be lived through their music. Down below will be a link to some shows that they are performing as you’re reading this. With over 60 albums, sales going beyond 30 million worldwide, being in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and even having over 2 million downloads as a ringtone for their song Sweet Home Alabama, this is not a band to miss. Fo

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