Southern rock kingpins slated to perform at show alongside Alabama, Peter Frampton, John Hiatt and more
By Andrew Leahey
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 & Music of Lynyrd Skynyrd" — will also feature the iconic country-rockers themselves, as well as a house band captained by Grammy-winning producer and all-star session musician Don Was.
Forty years ago this week, the boys in Lynyrd Skynyrd were gearing up for the Nuthin' Fancy Tour, 132-date trek that took the band halfway around the world. "Sweet Home Alabama" had been released six weeks prior, and the group — recently armed with three lead guitarists, thanks to the arrival of Strawberry Alarm Clock co-founder Ed King — was firing on all cylinders. Everything changed in October 1977, of course, when a devastating plane crash decimated the band's ranks and forced Skynyrd to take a decade-long break. The band has toured and recorded on a semi-regular basis since reuniting in the late Eighties, albeit with a revised lineup of players.
Speaking of lineups, the roster of southern men, free birds and sweet home Alabamans who've signed up for the tribute show is pretty stellar. The list includes Trace Adkins, Alabama, Gregg Allman, Charlie Daniels, Peter Frampton, Warren Haynes, John Hiatt, Jason Isbell, Jamey Johnson, Aaron Lewis, moe, Govt Mule, Robert Randolph, Blackberry Smoke, Cheap Trick and Donnie Van Zant.
Tickets to "One More for the Fans! Celebrating the Songs & Music of Lynyrd Skynyrd" go on sale August 18th at CelebrateSkynyrd.com.