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#1 Captain Rhett Butler

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Posted 20 October 2017 - 10:32 AM

Killed in the crash on Oct. 20, 1977, were founder and lead singer Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines and his sister, singer Cassie Gaines, plus members of the plane crew.

 

 

I still love Sweet Home Alabama, Free Bird, Simple Man, That Smell, Ballad of Curtis Loew. and the list could go on and on. 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Posted 20 October 2017 - 10:37 AM

I am a huge Skynyrd fan.  Surprised me the other day when I realized I only had one of their albums.  

 

My neighbor and I took our daughters to see Travis Tritt, Skynyrd, and Charlie Daniels in concert about 20 years ago.  My neighbor couldn't believe that I knew all of the songs that Skynyrd did.  

 

Free Bird!!


In loving memory of Mason (December 1, 2001 to December 9, 2001) and Ashley  Jr. (December 1, 2001 to December 2, 2001

 

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Posted 20 October 2017 - 11:25 AM

I remember this well.  They were on tour promoting their "Street Survivors" album.  I bought it a couple of weeks before the crash.  After the crash they changed the album cover.   http://www.feelnumb....um-eerie-cover/


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Posted 20 October 2017 - 01:01 PM

Felt like part of the family left us. Kinda still does.

 

Not the original, but my favorite with little brother out front. Kinda says it all for me:

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Posted 20 October 2017 - 01:04 PM

I'm so old I saw him at Alex Cooley's Electric Ballroom. I don't recall much of it but I'm quite sure he was there.


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Posted 20 October 2017 - 01:09 PM

I'm so old I saw him at Alex Cooley's Electric Ballroom. I don't recall much of it but I'm quite sure he was there.

Weirdest concert poster I ever saw was from 71 or 72. Alex Cooley's, Skynard was the headliner, their opening act.....................................Kiss. I kid u not.


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Posted 20 October 2017 - 01:22 PM

Weirdest concert poster I ever saw was from 71 or 72. Alex Cooley's, Skynard was the headliner, their opening act.....................................Kiss. I kid u not.

 

I remember seeing the Allman Brothers Band at Cooley's. Remember The Great Southeast Music Hall and beer by the bucket ?   


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Posted 20 October 2017 - 01:49 PM

 

I remember seeing the Allman Brothers Band at Cooley's. Remember The Great Southeast Music Hall and beer by the bucket ?   

Nope, that was all about 4 or 5 years ahead of me.

 

I do remember two places in Underground.

One was on the lower level and was going for a turn of the century New Orleans kind of thing. The door man waved us in, two 16 year old boys and a couple of girls that were with us but I'd never met before that I suspect might have been a year or more younger. Flaming Hurricanes 'til somebody falls over. Then kinda vague flashes.

The other was on the upper level, I want to call it The Mad Hatter, but I'm not sure. Nickel beer.......then...........ugliness.


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Posted 20 October 2017 - 05:31 PM

Well I saw the Allman Brothers for free at Piedmont Park. I saw a lot of groups for free there. There was also free Window Pane, but I never partook.

Also did The Mad Hatter. The Stone Pony. Some other place on 41 and in Atlanta. I just can't remember. When we did Underground, it really was underground. It was kind of spooky.

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Posted 20 October 2017 - 05:54 PM

OK I am seriously biting my tongue (read the thread). Saw him? Of course that is Mr. Lynyrd Skynyrd. You know like Mr. Pink Floyd. Yeah I have been to the EB, GSMH, Agora BR, 888 Club, Georgia Theater. Seen everybody who matters live (including Elvis, Stevie Ray and Chuck Berry). OK I digress.
I am a huge LS fan. Possibly the best live band ever (except maybe TP and the HB or the Allman Brothers). Very tight, stellar work ethic, great front man, great rhythm section, three really good guitars with Alan on the lead, great original songwriting. These guys worked their ass off to be that good live and like with most things in life the hard work paid off. Unfortunately the band died with Ronnie although Rossington/Collins was pretty damn good Alan never got past the crash and the loss of Ronnie. The crash did not kill him immediately but the depression killed him in the end. No doubt about it these guys were great but it was Ronnie's band. Just a side note EZ I have "Street Survivors" on vinyl with the flame cover still in plastic. I would trade it for Ronnie/Steve/Cassie growing old and still playing.

Way off topic (kind of) but does music in the last 20 years (with a few exceptions) pretty much suck?
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Posted 20 October 2017 - 06:31 PM

OK I am seriously biting my tongue (read the thread). Saw him? Of course that is Mr. Lynyrd Skynyrd. You know like Mr. Pink Floyd. Yeah I have been to the EB, GSMH, Agora BR, 888 Club, Georgia Theater. Seen everybody who matters live (including Elvis, Stevie Ray and Chuck Berry). OK I digress.
I am a huge LS fan. Possibly the best live band ever (except maybe TP and the HB or the Allman Brothers). Very tight, stellar work ethic, great front man, great rhythm section, three really good guitars with Alan on the lead, great original songwriting. These guys worked their ass off to be that good live and like with most things in life the hard work paid off. Unfortunately the band died with Ronnie although Rossington/Collins was pretty damn good Alan never got past the crash and the loss of Ronnie. The crash did not kill him immediately but the depression killed him in the end. No doubt about it these guys were great but it was Ronnie's band. Just a side note EZ I have "Street Survivors" on vinyl with the flame cover still in plastic. I would trade it for Ronnie/Steve/Cassie growing old and still playing.

Way off topic (kind of) but does music in the last 20 years (with a few exceptions) pretty much suck?

I still have mine as well and will never part with it.  Mine though is open as I purchased it and started playing it before the crash.

I've see a lot concerts during my life time.  When it came to showmanship, there are two that really stand out in my mind.  The first is Jethro Tull.  I saw them in 1976 and they put on one hell of a show; especially Ian Anderson.  The second one that stands out was in 1978.  Bob Seger was the headliner in that one.  Playing in front of him warming the audience up was Cheap Trick and then Van Halen.  Van Halen put on a hell of a show; especially David Lee Roth.

I still remember the first concert I ever went to was when I was 15 years old in Augusta, but these two groups put on a concert at Ft. Gordon.  They were Manfred Mann Earth Band and Tommy James in 1972.  The second concert was the following year in '73 at Bell Auditorium in Augusta.  This was a great show.  The first two bands to play were Fannie (the all girl rock group) and Stories.  The headliner was Charlie Daniels.  Sounds odd today that those two bands would open for Charlie.

 

The strangest lineup for a concert though I ever saw was in 2012, when Earth, Wind and Fire opened for Van Halen.  EWF put on a pretty good show, but half the guys in it were replacements.


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Posted 21 October 2017 - 07:26 AM

I must be traveling on now...


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