Headliner Spotlight June 13: Lynyrd Skynyrd
On Thursday, June 13, Lynyrd Skynyrd will headline at the Riverbend Festival.
They will perform at 10:00 p.m. on the Coke Stage, following the opener Drake White (who will perform at 9:30 p.m.).
It’s been almost 40 years since one of the greatest Southern rock bands in history released its debut album.
Lynyrd Skynyrd is an American rock band that originated in Jacksonville, Florida in 1964. High school friends came together to form the band that was originally called the “Noble Five.” Some of the band members grew their hair out long and were given school suspensions for it by a gym teacher named Leonard Skinner. That is where the band name Lynyrd Skynyrd came from.
Lynyrd Skynyrd has a reputation for putting on a great live show, and are best known for their songs, “Sweet Home Alabama” and “Free Bird.” The latter being one of the most requested live songs in history, with its five-minute, three-guitar solo.
At the peak of the band’s success in 1977, three of their members died in a plane crash. The surviving members re-formed in 1987 for a reunion tour. The younger brother of founder and lead singer Ronnie Van Zant took the reins as lead singer for the tour, and remains the lead singer of Lynyrd Skynyrd today.
The current members of the band are Johnny Van Zant on lead vocals, Gary Rossington on guitar, Rickey Medlocke and Mark Matejka both on guitar and backup vocals, Michael Cartellone on drums, Peter Keys on the keyboard, and Robert Kearns on bass.
Lynyrd Skynyrd was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 13, 2006.