|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
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|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
That Smell at Volunteer Jam XIII
|Lynyrd Skynyrd - That Smell - Nashville, TN - 9/6/87
at The Starwood Amphitheatre in Nashville, Tennessee.
|VH-1 -The Story Of Lynyrd Skynyrd
A Lynyrd Skynyrd Documentary
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|Call Me The Breeze - Volunteer Jam All-Stars - Volunteer Jam XIII
Our friend Taz DiGregorio from the Charlie Daniels Band on vocals.
Call Me the Breeze" performed by Charlie Daniels, Stevie Ray Vaughan,
Toy Caldwell, Ed King, Tommy Crain, Gary Rossington
and many more at Volunteer Jam XII on September 6th, 1987.
|Lynyrd Skynyrd - Gimme Three Steps - Volunteer Jam XIII