Flashback: Neil Young Covers 'Sweet Home Alabama' in 1977

January 20, 2015

When Lynyrd Skynyrd released "Sweet Home Alabama" in 1974, it was seen, among other things, as a clear swipe at Neil Young. He was very critical of the South in his recent songs "Southern Man" and "Alabama," and it's hard to get less ambiguous than Ronnie...



Charlie Daniels Brings 'Jam' Back to Nashville

September 19, 2014

It may not happen until next summer, but Charlie Daniels' legendary Volunteer Jam show is returning to downtown Nashville. Daniels launched the all-star concerts in 1974 at the War Memorial Auditorium, and through the years featured guests as varied as...


Country and Rock Greats Pay Tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd

August 12, 2014

Country bands, Americana songwriters and classic rock vets have all signed up for a November 12th concert honoring Lynyrd Skynyrd. Scheduled for the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, the tribute show — dubbed "One More for the Fans! Celebrating the Songs...



Lynyrd Skynyrd, 'Winning Isn't Everything'

May 24, 2013

Southern-rock trailblazers Lynyrd Skynyrd‎ have teamed with the cast of Pawn Stars for this live rendition of "Winning Isn't Everything," which will serve as the new theme song to History's popular series when it returns for a new season on May 30th. 100...



35 Years After Tragedy, Lynyrd Skynyrd Still Carries On

October 19, 2012

It's hard to believe that it has been 35 years since one of rock's best-known tragedies occured. On October 20, 1977, a chartered plane carrying the band Lynyrd Skynyrd--in the midst of a headlining tour and fresh off the release of their sixth album--crashed...


Lynyrd Skynyrd Channel Jimi Hendrix on LP

August 16, 2012

"Recording should be fun," says Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Rickey Medlocke. Judging from this behind-the-scenes clip of the Southern rock godfathers cranking out some new tunes in the studio, it seems like all of Skynyrd subscribes to Medlocke's philosophy....


Journey, Kid Rock and More Set to Play Republican National Convention

August 27, 2012

Lynyrd Skynyrd's scheduled concert at this week's Republican National Convention – originally planned for Sunday night at Tampa's Liberty Plaza – may have been canceled thanks to Hurricane Isaac. But to the surprise of anyone who assumes rockers...


Bret Michaels Makes 'Magic' With Michael Anthony, Joe Perry on New LP

July 13, 2012

While gearing up to take Poison on tour with Def Leppard this summer, Bret Michaels found time to assemble an all-star cast of guests for his new LP, Bret Michaels and Friends: Get Your Rock On, due out in September. "Every song on it is a collaboration...



Week in Rock History: Lynyrd Skynyrd Members Die in Plane Crash

October 17, 2011

This week in rock history, Joan Baez was arrested for anti-war demonstrating, three members of Lynyrd Skynyrd were killed in a plane crash, AC/DC toured England with Brian Johnson, Paul McCartney unveiled the Concert for New York City and CBGBs closed. October...


Bono and the Edge to Appear on the Tony Awards

June 8, 2011

Bono and the Edge to Appear on the TonysBono and the Edge will take the stage on the 65th Annual Tony Awards, which will air on CBS on Sunday, June 12th, a spokesperson for the Tonys tells Rolling Stone. The U2 rockers are likely to introduce a performance...



More Top Stories: Lynyrd Skynyrd, Yeah Yeah Yeahs

September 21, 2010

Lynyrd Skynyrd's Gym Teacher Dead at 77 Leonard Skinner, the Florida high school teacher whose name inspired a few of his students to name their band "Lynyrd Skynyrd," passed away in his native Jacksonville at the age of 77, after suffering from Alzheimer's....



Kid Rock, Lynyrd Skynyrd Perform at "Rock and Rebels" Tour Opener

June 29, 2009

About halfway through his set at the Cruzan Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach, Florida, Friday night, Kid Rock saluted the Twisted Brown Trucker Band, the 10 excellent musicians backing him. "There's no Pro Tools, no tapes, no trickery," the man born Robert...


Lynyrd Skynyrd Keyboardist Billy Powell Dead at 56

January 28, 2009

Billy Powell, the only keyboardist Lynyrd Skynyrd ever had, died last night at his home near Jacksonville, Florida. He was 56. No cause of death has been announced, and a post on the official Skynyrd Website reads, "A Great Loss — Beloved Pianist...


Oops: "Guitar Hero: Metallica" Cover Art Misspells Lynyrd Skynyrd

February 17, 2009

The cover has been unveiled for the anxiously awaited Guitar Hero: Metallica, and the artwork pumps up the contributions of all the bands not named Metallica featured in the game, like Judas Priest, Alice in Chains, Queen, and Lynyrd Skynrd (check the...



Lynyrd Skynyrd Recording With Metal Guitarist, Plot New Album

August 26, 2008

Lynyrd Skynyrd are reportedly eyeing an early-2009 release for their next studio album, says guitarist Rickey Medlocke. The band has spent the last year recording with a surprising choice — Marilyn Manson/Rob Zombie guitarist John 5 — and...

Album Review

Street Survivors [Deluxe Edition]

March 6, 2008

Three days after the release of Street Survivors, in 1977, Lynyrd Skynyrd singer Ronnie VanZant and guitarist Steve Gaines died in a plane crash that severelyinjured the rest of the band members. But even without the addedresonance of tragedy, the album's...


Kid Rock, Peter Wolf, Lynyrd Skynyrd Raise the Roof at the Garden

May 16, 2008

Last night at Madison Square Garden, Kid Rock brought his Rock and Roll Revival Tour north of the Mason-Dixon for a crowd-pleasing review that included guests Peter Wolf, Reverend Run and Lynyrd Skynyrd, who were playing the Garden for the first time...



Skynyrd's Johnny Van Zant Finds His Country Heart

May 19, 2006

It was the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, 1976. A simpler time and what felt like real personal freedom. A time when a young, barefoot Ronnie Van Zant took the stage with his new Southern rock band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, which -- cheered by a sell-out crowd of sweaty...


Blondie, Black Sabbath Enter Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

March 14, 2006

With one inductee (the Sex Pistols) having sent an expletive-laced non-RSVP to the shindig and another (Black Sabbath) packing a chip on its shoulder thanks to seven previous rejection by the Hall's voters, there was little doubt that the 21st annual...