|Volunteer Jam V - Lynyrd Skynyrd
1979 - Their first reunion after the plane crash - Municipal Auditorium
|2nd Lynyrd Skynyrd Reunion:
1987: The next Lynyrd Skynyrd appearance, also took
place at a 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.
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
|2006: Lynyrd Skynyrd is inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall Of Fame
Gary Rossington, Billy Powell, Artimus Pyle, Ed King & Bob Burns
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Volunteer Jam V - A yearly event (at the time)
in Nashville Tennessee.
The 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
|Lynyrd Skynyrd Biography
Lynyrd Skynyrd (pronounced /ˌlɛnərd ˈskɪnərd/ LEN-ərd-SKIN-ərd) is an American rock band best known for popularizing the
Southern rock genre during the 1970s. Originally formed in 1964 as My Backyard in Jacksonville, Florida, the band was also
known by names such as The Noble Five and One Percent, before finally deciding on "Lynyrd Skynyrd" in 1969. The band gained
worldwide recognition for its live performances and signature songs "Sweet Home Alabama" and "Free Bird". At the peak of their
success, two band members and a backup singer died in an airplane crash in 1977, putting an abrupt end to the band's most
popular incarnation. The band has sold 28 million records in the United States.
The surviving band members reformed in 1987 for a reunion tour with lead vocalist Johnny Van Zant, the younger brother of lead
singer and founder Ronnie Van Zant. Lynyrd Skynyrd continues to tour and record with co-founder Gary Rossington, Johnny Van
Zant, and guitarist Rickey Medlocke — who first wrote and recorded with the band from 1971 to 1972 (before his return to
Lynyrd Skynyrd in 1996). Lynyrd Skynyrd was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 13, 2006.
Lynyrd Skynyrd's Return (1987–present)
In 1987, Lynyrd Skynyrd reunited for 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 founding member Allen Collins' paralysis from his 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. In return for
avoiding prison following his guilty plea to DUI manslaughter 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, leaving Rossington as the
only remaining founding member.
The reunited band was intended to be a one-time tribute to the original lineup, captured on the live album Southern by the
Grace of God: Lynyrd Skynyrd Tribute Tour 1987. 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
requiring any band touring as Lynyrd Skynyrd to include at least three members from the pre-crash era. However,
continued lineup changes and natural attrition has led to a relaxation in recent years.
|See video of Lynyrd Skynyrd's
complete set at Volunteer Jam V
|Lynyrd Skynyrd Reunion: The Breeze & Freebird (Instrumental)
See Lynryrd Skynyrd (with members of the CDB) do their whole set at the Volunteer Jam V,
starting off with The Breeze sung by CDB keyboardist the late Taz DiGregorio.
After that they go into an instrumental version of Freebird. Total time 19:18
|See video of Lynyrd Skynyrd's
complete set at Volunteer Jam XIII
|Lynyrd Skynyrd - Live in Nashville, TN 9/6/87
at The Starwood Amphitheatre in Nashville, Tennessee.
This is their complete set!
|VH-1 -The Story Of Lynyrd Skynyrd
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|Million Mile Relections by The Charlie Daniels Band
A Tribute to Ronnie Vanzant and Others
January 13, 1979 at Nashville's Municipal Auditorium.
|1979: The Henry Paul Band performs Grey Ghost at
Volunteer Jam V, This Song is a Tribute to Ronnie VanZant
from Lynyrd Skynyrd who died in the 1977 Lynyrd Skynyrd plane crash,
The Volunteer Jam was a yearly event at the time in Nashville Tennessee
hosted by the Charlie Daniels Band. Henry Paul is the singer for the
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|My Memories Of Lynyrd Skynyrd
by Pat Adams from the Tennessee Concerts website
Back in the early 70's, a friend of mine brought over "Pronounced" and said you've go to hear this band.
We went to see Lynyrd Skynyrd at Atlanta Stadium with the Marshall Tucker Band & the Allman Brothers Band.
I went to see them around 1975 at Nashville's Municipal Auditorium. I was behind the stage and had little memory of it.
I went to see them at the Tennessee State Fair with Blue Oyster Cult. I do remember this 1976 show and it was great.
I was in a hotel on the beach in Biloxi MS when I heard on the radio of the plane crash which was also in Mississippi.
I was at Volunteer Jam V in 1979 when they re-united for the first time since the plane crash. Very emotional.
I was also at the 1987 Nashville Volunteer Jam when they re-united for the second time. This time they stayed together.
I saw various line-ups of Lynyrd Skynyrd at Starwood Amphitheater back in the day. Those shows could tend to get wild.
I saw Lynyrd Skynyrd open for ZZ Top at the Bridgestone Arena in the 1990's (I think). Great concert!
I also saw them at the CMA Music Festival. I got a personalized guitar pick from guitarist Gary Rossington.
The CMA Music Festival is the only time I've ever seen people leaving when LS came on. It was a country music crowd.
I was lucky enough to get to know LS backup singer JoJo Billingsley in her later years. She was such a nice person.
I was there at this 40th Anniversary of the Volunteer Jam when Lynyrd Skynyrd showed up as a special surprise guest.