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 & 2, 1974:
A barely known,
Lynyrd Skynyrd
with The Outlaws
play at Muthers
Music Emporium
on Hermitage Avenue
in Nashville TN, in front of
only a few hundred people
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
1979 & Beyond - Lynyrd Skynyrd Back On Stage
Nashville Reunions, Concerts, Albums, Video Tapings & Tours
By Pat Adams from the Tennessee Concerts website
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 13, 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
January 13, 1979
Volunteer Jam V

Lynyrd Skynyrd

for the
first time since

the tragic plane
crash in 1977.
Allen Collins &
Gary Rossington
(shown on right)
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  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!
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Lynyrd Skynyrd
1970's and on
* What happened after the crash *
Lynyrd Skynyrd
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

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 attendance.[16]

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.

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 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
My Memories Of The Volunteer Jam
Pat Adams & Charlie Daniels
Lynyrd Skynyrd
Tribute Pages
40th Anniversary of the Volunteer Jam (2015)
2015: Lynyrd Skynyrd  - Sweet Home Alabama
Our own video of Lynyrd Skynyrd at the Volunteer Jam
Lynyrd Skynyrd makes a surprise visit the 40th Anniversary of the Volunteer Jam
at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville Tennessee, playing the last song of the
night, their classic 70's hit Sweet Home Alabama. This was on August 12, 2015.
Lynyrd Skynyrd
Also known as Skynyrd
Origin Jacksonville, Florida,
Genres Southern rock, hard
rock, boogie rock, blues-rock,
country rock

Years active 1964–1977

Labels MCA, Atlantic,
Capricorn, SPV Records, CMC
International, Sanctuary,
Universal, Roadrunner
Records/Loud & Proud

Associated acts .38 Special,
Van Zant, Rossington Collins
Band, Allen Collins Band,
The Rossington Band, Outlaws

Gary Rossington
Rickey Medlocke
Johnny Van Zant
Michael Cartellone
Mark Matejka
Robert Kearns
Peter Keys
Past members
Larry Junstrom
Ronnie Van Zant (deceased)
Allen Collins (deceased)
Greg T. Walker
Bob Burns
Steve Gaines (deceased)
Cassie Gaines-backup
Artimus Pyle
Randall Hall
Ed King
Leon Wilkeson (deceased)
Billy Powell (deceased)
Kurt Custer
Mike Estes
Owen Hale
Hughie Thomasson (deceased)
Jeff McAllister
Kenny Aronoff
Ean Evans (deceased)
also see: List of Lynyrd
Skynyrd band members

Lynyrd Skynyrd (pronounced
/ˌlɪnərd ˈskɪnərd/ LIN-ərd-SKIN-
ərd by band members but
sometimes pronounced /ˌlɛnərd
ˈskɪnərd/ LEN-ərd-SKIN-ərd[1]
[2]) is an American rock band,
formed in Jacksonville, Florida
in 1964. The band became
prominent in the Southern
United States in 1973, and rose
to worldwide recognition. Three
members and one road crew
member died in an airplane
crash in 1977; the band
reformed in 1987 for a reunion
tour with lead singer Ronnie
Van Zant's younger brother
Johnny as the frontman. Lynyrd
Skynyrd continues to tour and
record. Of its original members,
only Gary Rossington remains
with the band as of 2011. The
band was inducted into the
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on
March 13, 2006.
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