You know them, you love them, or at least you know one or two of their songs. Freebird ring a bell? Anyway, Lynyrd Skynyrd of today consists of one original member Gary Rossington (God bless him for carrying the torch for the band since the death of Billy Powell. This leaves Rossington as the sole surviving member) and Ricky Medlocke of Blackfoot who has been with the band off and mostly on since he did drums and vocals for them in the 70’s. Add Johnny Van Zant and and Dale-Krantz Rossington (One of my favorite songs is sung by her one of The Rossington Collins band records, with Don’t Misunderstand Me) to the longest running members, thow in Michael Cartellone on drums and few newer members and you’ve got some good ole Southern Boys Rock and Roll.
You can pretty much expect the standard Skynyrd fare of hits like Workin for MCA, Down South Jukin, Saturday Night Special (It’s rumored that this is the first time they played this since 2010), Simple Man and Sweet Home Alabama. If you don’t know them songs, you ain’t…but I digress. Anyhoo Skynyrd may never come this way again due to the fact that without Gary Rossington (god forbid something happen to him) the band cannot contractually tour under that moniker, so if you didn’t see them this time…
After Sweet Home Alabama the band left the stage, only to return the chant of FREEBIRD, FREEBIRD! The band gladly obliges. I’ve seen The Rossington Collins band do a rendition of Freebird without any singer at all, all instrumental, and Ronnie’s hat on the mic stand (Which they still do). For me, the way Rossington Collins performed Freebird, is the only way it should ever be performed, it sent chills through me. I understand that Johnny is a Van Zant and Ronnie’s brother, but he ain’t no Ronnie. Some things are just better left alone. After all was said and done, the crowd left satisfied, as did I.