Lynyrd Skynyrd, the legendary and long running Southern Rock band, was recently honored in a star studded celebration at the Fox Theater in Atlanta, Georgia. It was awesome to get to see this historic event for myself when I was in Atlanta with the Amen Clinic team for a conference,
The purpose of the concert was to raise money to save the legendary Fox Theater from demolition. The noble goal of preserving and restoring this historic building was one that had a special feeling of rightness for the group, as they played many of their most legendary concerts at this venue. Synyrd’s 1976 live album, One More From The Road, was recorded at the Fox.
The group was honored with a special, one night only, roster of celebrity performers, including Gregg Allman, Peter Frampton, Charlie Daniels, Cheap Trick, and Alabama. Aaron Lewis, of the contemporary group Staind, was one of the few latter day performers who was permitted to join the event. His performance of “Saturday Night Special” was a standout.
A particular low point was the plane crash in Mississippi that took the lives of several of its members, including lead singer Ronnie Van Zant and lead guitarist Steve Gaines.
After taking some time off to recover from the lingering effects of the tragic accident, Lynyrd Skynyrd reformed in the 1990s and has been going strong ever since.