Lynyrd Skynyrd
Formed 1966
Jacksonville Florida

1970's Hits Include:
Workin For MCA
Sweet Home Alabama
Gimme Three Steps
Tuesday's Gone
Saturday Night Special
Simple Man
Gimme Back My Bullets
That Smell
What's Your Name

Members at the
time of the 1977
plane crash were:
Ronny VanZant
Gary Rossington
Allen Collins
Billy Powell
Leon Wilkeson
Steve Gaines
Artimus Pyle
Leslie Hawkins
Cassie Gaines

JoJo Billingsley
She was also a
back-up singer in
the band at the time ,
but was not
on the plane

Early Nashville
Concerts in Nashville
of the original band
before plane crash.
March (1-2) 1974
June 9, 1974
September 21, 1974
January 17, 1976
July 30, 1976

Early Nashville
Venues included:
Muthers Music Emporium
Tennessee State Fair
Municipal Auditorium
March 1, 1974: A barely
known, Lynyrd Skynyrd
plays at Muthers Music
Emporium on Hermitage
Avenue in Nashville,
in front of only a few
hundred people
September 21, 1974:
Well known by Sept of '74,
Skynyrd plays at the
Tennessee State Fair, with
opener Blue Oyster Cult
Ticket stub from a
January 17, 1976 concert
featuring the original
band, at the Municipal
Auditorium in Nashville  
(on the same stage as
shown in pictures above)
Lynyrd Skynyrd
Lymyrd Skynyrd
at Nashville's
on Saturday
August 12, 2006
2007 TOUR
The Rowdy Friends
Tour  with Lynyrd
Skynyrd, 38 Special
& Hank Williams Jr.
Lynyrd Skynyrd Tour
announced: Lynyrd
Skynyrd members
Gary Rossington,
Johnny VanZant and
Rickey Medlocke were
in Nashville's Rock
105.9 Studio's on
February 2nd at
5:30pm to announce
this summers tour
Lynyrd Skynyrd Tour.
The Rowdy Friends
Tour features
Lynyrd Skynyrd,
Thirty-Eight Special
and Hank Williams Jr.
They stated on the
radio that Nashville is
like there L.A as far as
recording, etc.
They went on to say
that they love
Nashville and have
recorded about all of
there albums here
since re-uniting in the
1980's. This will be  
the fourth time
Lynyrd Skynyrd has
played here in the
past year (or so),
including the
Ryman Auditorium,
CMA Music
Festival/Fan Fan,
Starwood, and now
at Gaylord.
The Rowdy Friends
Tour will be playing
Nashville's Gaylord
Entertainment Center
on May 4, 2007.
This will be there
second time to play at
Gaylord. They played
there before with
ZZ Top. I went to that
show, it was great!
Allen Collins :
Tragedy struck
again in 1986 when
Allen Collins crashed
his car killing his
girlfreind, and
leaving him
paralyzed from the
waist down. Four
years later he died of
respiratory failure
due to pneumonia
at age 37

Leon Wilkeson:
Bass Player
Leon Wilkeson
died in 2001.
Johnny Van Zant:
Johnny Van Zant took
the place of Ronnie
as singer in the band.
His song "Brickyard
Road" recieved
airplay in the 1980's.
He also, currently
(2006) performs with
his brother Donnie,
in the country music
duo Van Zant
Lynyrd Skynyrd
1970's-2010 - Lynyrd Skynyrd Back On Stage
Nashville Reunions, Concerts, Albums, Video Tapings & Tours
2nd Lynyrd Skynyrd Reunion:
1987: The next Lynyrd Skynyrd appearance, also took place at
Volunteer Jam (XIII) Concert in Nashville.
Allen Collins served as music director, in a wheel chair, partially paralyzed,
after crashing his car. He could be seen at the back of the stage, clapping
along during Lynyrd Skynyrd's set, which included Ronnie Van Zant's
brother, singer
Johnny Van Zant.  
1979: Papa John Creach, Barry Chance from Barefoot Jerry,
Billy Crain from the Henry Paul Band, Charlie Daniels,
Gary Rossington from Lynyrd Skynyrd, Toy Caldwell from
Marshall Tucker Band and country singer Janie Fricke
Back on-stage, once again, at the Charlie Daniels Volunteer Jam V, at the
Municipal Auditorium  in Nashville. They begin by jamming on "The Breeze"
with members of the Charlie Daniels Band. They go on to play an
instrumental version of
Freebird for the first time without singer
RonnieVanZant. He was killed along with members Steve Gaines,
Cassie Gaines
and assistant road manager Dean Kilpatrick.
Skynyrd survivors on-stage included
Gary Rossington, Allen Collins,
Billy Powell & Artimus Pyle. Ronnie Van Zant's widow Judy Van Zant made
an appearance on stage (as did Teresa Gaines).
Leon Wilkeson, came out
with his arm still in a cast. Others paying tribute to
Lynyrd Skynyrd at this
show included the
Henry Paul Band performing "Grey Ghost",
and the
Charlie Daniels Band singing "Million Mile Reflections"
Poem by Charlie Daniels: While on the way to Ronnie's
funeral, Charlie wrote the poem. Ronnie's wife,
Judy, had the poem carved into the bench.
The bench was place in front of Ronnie's grave


By Charlie Daniels
1980's Nashville Concert Poster
January 21, 1979 :
1st Reunion
of Lynyrd Skynyrd
at the Charlie Daniels Band,
Volunteer Jam V
A yearly event (at the time) in Nashville.
Volunteer Jam began in the 1974
and was an annual event in Nashville
for many years. I attended
approximately 20 Volunteer Jams.
One of the  highlights for me, was
when Charlie Daniels announced
"Lynyrd Skynyrd is back".
This was their first time on stage since
the fatal plane crash that killed six
people. Just feet from the stage,
I saw many people with tears in their
eyes as they played an instrumental
version of
Freebird, on-stage for the
first time without their late singer
One of the most popular groups to come out of the Southern Rock
movement of the 1970's, Lynyrd Skynyrd's career was cut short in 1977 by a
plane crash that took the lives of three members. A
1987 reunion, the
Lynyrd Skynyrd Tribute Band, was first planned as a single concert at the
Volunteer Jam XIII in Nashville Tennessee. They decided to tour, and the
name changed to
Lynyrd Skynyrd 1991. Later, with Judy VanZant's
permission, the name changed back to
Lynyrd Skynyrd
2000's DVD Taping
2005:  Lynyrd Skynyrd members, before and after the plane crash,
Ed King & Artimus Pyle play with the band Deep South, including
members of  
Wet Willie, Atlanta Rhythm Section & 38 Special
at the Mercy Lounge in Nashville Tennessee                 
Click on Pictures to Enlarge                  Pictures by Jimbo Hagey Junior
Ed King left the band before
the plane crash. The late
Steve Gaines took his place
Artimus Pyle, pictured
here  with a fan, went for
help after the plane crash
Above: 1980's & 1990's Assorted line-ups of Lynyrd Skynyrd
continue to tour and play in Nashville every year.
2005: The only members remaining from the plane crash in the
current touring band are
Gary Rossington and Billy Powell.
Right: 2000's: Lynyrd Skynyrd returns to Nashville to record
another DVD in the Music City.
The Vicious Cycle Tour.
Promotional picture from Billboard Magazine
Left: Pictured in 1987
at the
Lynyrd Skynyrd
2nd on-stage reunion
are guitarist
Randall Hall
and singer Johnny VanZant
Rossington Collins Band
plane crash survivors
Gary Rossington
Allen Collins
Leon Wilkeson
Billy Powell
plus singer
Dale Krantz
and others

Nashville Concert
Tennessee Theater
June 27 & 30, 1980
with opening act
Johnny Van Zant
Click on Image to Enlarge
Above poster thanks to original Charlie Daniels Band drummer Gary Allen
Lynyrd Skynyrd re-unites
for the first time since the
tragic plane crash in 1977
Lynyrd Skynyrd 1991
Promotional Photo
2006: Lynyrd Skynyrd is inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall Of Fame
Gary Rossington, Billy Powell, Artimus Pyle, Ed King & Bob Burns
Lynyrd Skynyrd was  recently be inducted into the
Rock  &  Roll Hall Of Fame in 2006
Guitar Player Magazine features Lynyrd Skynyrd in January 1988
10 Years Later LYNYRD SKYNYRD Rocks Again - Back With A Veneance!
Freebird (part 2) from Lynyrd
Skynyrd's first on-stage reunion
Text from Tony Beasley's YouTube "Freebird" page
Added: November 07, 2006 (Less info).  Skynyrds first appearance
since the plane crash....Volunteer Jam 1979 Video and part 2 here
I am the first person to put this up on youtube!!!!
check the dates against the others who embedded this on their own sites.
My friend Pat Adams from ....thanks Pat for
letting me put this up and letting the Skynyrd fans see some great history.
January 21, 1979 : 1st Reunion of Lynyrd Skynyrd
at the Charlie Daniels Band, Volunteer Jam V.
Lynyrd Skynyrd's 2nd Reunion!
That Smell at Volunteer Jam 1987
This was shot at Charlie Daniels Volunteer Jam 1987, Starwood Ampitheater,
Nashville TN. Members include, Gary Rossington, Billy Powell, Leon Wilkerson,
Artimus Pyle, Ed King, Johnny VanZant and Randall Hall.
YouTube Video
See rare video of Lynyrd Skynyrd's first
reunion, I preserved on tape for 25 years
1979: The first on-stage reunion of Lynyrd
Skynyrd after the 1977 plane crash.
I was right in front of the stage & first to unearth this rare footage and give
it to my friend Tony Beazley who posted it on YouTube. Tony was the first
person on YouTube to post this Nashville reunion of the survivors,  from
the Charlie Daniels Band Volunteer Jam in 1979. This was from a Volunteer
Jam Special, aired on TV  soon afterwards. Due to the length of the song
"Freebird", Tony had to post it on 2 video's.
Check out part 2, also.  
Pat Adams &
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Reunion Tour
In 1987 Lynyrd Skynyrd takes on a
full-scale tour with five major
members of the pre-crash band:
crash survivors Gary Rossington,
Billy Powell, Leon Wilkeson and
Artimus Pyle, along with guitarist
Ed King, who had left the band
two years before the crash.
Ronnie Van Zant's younger
brother, Johnny, took over as the
new lead singer and primary
songwriter. Due to Collins'
paralysis from the 1986 car
accident, he was only able to
participate as the musical
director, choosing Randall Hall,
his former bandmate in the Allen
Collins Band, as his stand-in. As
part of his plea deal, Collins
would be wheeled out onstage
each night to explain to the
audience why he could no longer
perform (usually before the
performance of "That Smell",
which had been partially directed
at him). Collins was stricken with
pneumonia in 1989 and died on
January 23, 1990.

The reunited band was meant to
be a one-time tribute to the
original lineup, captured on the
double-live album Southern By
The Grace Of God/Lynyrd Skynyrd
Tribute Tour 1987. The fact that
the band chose to continue after
the 1987 tribute tour caused
legal problems for the survivors,
as Judy Van Zant Jenness and
Teresa Gaines Rapp (widows of
Ronnie and Steve, respectively)
sued the others for violating an
agreement made shortly after the
plane crash, stating that they
would not "exploit" the Skynyrd
name for profit. As part of the
settlement, Jenness and Rapp
collect nearly 30% of the band's
touring revenues (representing
the shares their husbands would
have earned had they lived), and
hold a proviso which forces any
band touring as "Lynyrd Skynyrd"
to include at least two from
among Gary Rossington, Artimus
Pyle, Leon Wilkeson, Billy Powell
and Ed King. King is no longer
able to tour due to a heart
condition (which caused him to
leave Skynyrd a second time in
1996), Pyle has had legal
problems and fell out with
Rossington and Johnny Van
Zant, and Wilkeson and Powell
are now dead. This leaves Gary
Rossington as the sole member
of the designated group still in
the band.

The reconstituted Lynyrd Skynyrd
has gone through a large
number of lineup changes and
continues to record and tour
today. One by one, the members
of the pre-crash band have left,
been forced out, or have died.
Artimus Pyle left the band in 1991
and his place has been taken by
a variety of drummers since, with
Michael Cartellone finally
becoming his permanent
replacement. Randall Hall was
replaced by Mike Estes in 1993.
Ed King had to take a break from
touring in 1996. In his absence,
he was replaced by Hughie
Thomasson. King has stated that
his break from the band was to
be temporary, but the band did
not let him rejoin after he
recovered[citation needed]. At the
same time, Mike Estes was
replaced by Rickey Medlocke,
who had briefly played drums
with the band in the early 1970s.
Leon Wilkeson, Skynyrd's
bassist since 1972, was found
dead in his hotel room on July
27, 2001; his death was found to
be due to emphysema and
chronic liver disease. He was
replaced in 2001 by Ean Evans.
The remaining members
released a double album called
Thyrty which had songs from the
original line up to the present.
Lynyrd Skynyrd also released a
live DVD of their Vicious Cycle
Tour and on June 22, 2004,
Lynyrd Skynyrd released the
album Lyve: The Vicious Cycle
Tour. On December 10, 2004,
Lynyrd Skynyrd did a show for
CMT, Crossroads, a concert
featuring country duo
Montgomery Gentry and other
genres of music. In the
beginning of 2005 Hughie
Thomasson left the band to
reform his disbanded Southern
Rock band Outlaws. Thomasson
died in his sleep on September
9, 2007 of an apparent heart
attack in his home in Brooksville,
Florida. He was 55 years old.

On February 5, 2005, Lynyrd
Skynyrd did a Super Bowl party
back in Jacksonville with special
guests 3 Doors Down, Jo Dee
Messina, Charlie Daniels and
Ronnie and Johnny Van Zant's
brother Donnie Van Zant of 38
Special. On February 13 of that
year Lynyrd Skynyrd did a tribute
to Southern Rock on the Grammy
Awards with Gretchen Wilson,
Tim McGraw, Keith Urban and
Dickey Betts. On May 10, 2005,
Johnny and Donnie Van Zant
released a country album called
Get Right with the Man which
featured the hit single "Help
Somebody". In the summer of
2005, lead singer Johnny Van
Zant had to have surgery on his
vocal cord to have a polyp
removed. He was told not to sing
for three months. On September
10, 2005, Lynyrd Skynyrd
performed without Johnny Van
Zant at the Music Relief Concert
for the victims of Hurricane
Katrina, with Kid Rock standing
in for Johnny. In December 2005,
Johnny Van Zant returned to sing
for Lynyrd Skynyrd. The band
performed live at Freedom Hall in
Louisville, Kentucky, as a part of
their 2007 tour. The concert was
recorded in high definition for
HDNet and premiered on
December 1, 2007.

The band in 2008Mark "Sparky"
Matejka, formerly of the country
music band Hot Apple Pie, joined
Lynyrd Skynyrd in 2006 as
Thomasson's replacement. On
November 2, 2007, the band
performed at the University of
Florida's Gator Growl, the world's
largest student-run pep rally, in
Ben Hill Griffin Stadium – also
known as "The Swamp." The
event's 50,000-person
attendance marked the largest
crowd that Lynyrd Skynyrd had
ever played in front of in the
United States, until the July 2008
Bama Jam in Enterprise,
Alabama where more than
111,000 people were in

On January 28, 2009, keyboardist
Billy Powell died at age 56 at his
home near Jacksonville, Florida.
Powell called 911 at 12:55 a.m.,
complaining of shortness of
breath. He had previously
missed his doctor's appointment
on the day before his death; the
appointment was for a checkup
on his heart. The EMS
responders found Powell
unconscious and unresponsive,
with the telephone still in his
hand. Rescue crews performed
CPR, but he was pronounced
dead at 1:52 a.m. Although a
heart attack was suspected, and
it was originally reported that an
autopsy was to be performed,
none in fact was ever done.
Powell's death left Gary
Rossington as the sole pre-
crash member of the band,
unless Rickey Medlocke's brief
stint with the band in the early
1970s is counted.

On March 17, 2009, it was
announced that Skynyrd had
signed a worldwide deal with
Roadrunner Records, in
association with their label, Loud
& Proud Records, and released
their new album God & Guns on
September 29 of that year. They
toured Europe and the United
States in 2009 with Peter Keys of
the 420 Funk Mob on keyboards
and Robert Kearns of The Bottle
Rockets on bass (in place of Ean
Evans, who died of cancer at age
48 on May 6, 2009, at his home
in Columbus, Mississippi).[17]
Scottish rock band Gun
performed as special guests for
the UK leg of Skynyrd's tour in
2010. [18]

In addition to the tour, Skynyrd
appeared at the Sean Hannity
Freedom Concert series in late
2010. Hannity had been actively
promoting the God & Guns
album, frequently playing
portions of the track "That Ain't My
America" on his radio show.
by Pat Adams
The Volunteer Jam drew fans from all over the country. The 16 (or so)
jam events hosted by the Charlie Daniels Band, included hundreds of
well-known artists. Various Volunteer Jam shows have appeared on
albums, television shows, a movie, CD's & DVD's.  Pat Adams from the
TennesseeConcerts website covered almost every Volunteer Jam and tells
his memories of seeing some of the greatest musicians in the world.

Check out our Volunteer Jam page
including pictures, text & rare videos of the jam
The History Of The Volunteer Jam
See Rare 1979-1980 Southern Rock videos from the
Volunteer Jam hosted by the Charlie Daniels Band

Winters Brothers Band - I Can't Help It

Wet Willie (featuring Jimmy Hall) - Keep On Smilin'

The Allman Brothers Band w/ Bonnie Bramlett - Ramblin' Man

Toy Caldwell & George McCorkle of the Marshall Tucker Band - Can't You See

Lynyrd Skynyrd's First Reunion after the 1977 Plane Crash
Call Me The Breeze     Freebird (Part 1)      Freebird (Part 2)

Pat Adams & Charlie Daniels
Our Lynyrd Skynyrd
Tribute Pages
Lynyrd Skynyrd Interview
prior to Tribute Tour 1987
Lynyrd Skynyrd getting ready to play the Volunteer Jam
again, and go out a Lynyrd Skynyrd Tribute Tour.
The Backstreet Video Magazine was invited to interview
the entire Lynyrd Skynyrd Band in 1987. The 3/4 inch
Umatic program master was recently discovered and so
we are releasing this for fans. The Backstreet program was
granted the permission to shoot, edit and air this interview
as well as the music that was recorded at this session.