posted on Jan, 29 2009 @ 12:19 PM
I just heard about this.
Skynyrd was a major influence on me in my youth. They are my favorite band of all time, and in my opinion, encompassed some of the best and brightest
musical talent America has offered to date.
I was lucky enough to attend a few concerts, including one by Rossington-Collins Band (an alter-ego that surfaced after the plane crash, for those not
familiar with their history). I watched that man with the magic fingers grooving to the beat in the background, letting his music speak more than his
face. And speak it did, supporting that three-guitar-attack just as much as the drums and Leon's bass.
I will miss him, indeed. Skynyrd will hopefully go on, but as after the plane crash, it can never be quite the same.
RIP Billy. And thank you.
PS: I thought it might be appropriate to list the early founders of Skynyrd and where they are now (as much as I know anyway):
- Billy Powell -
keyboards - RIP
- Ronnie VanZant - vocalist - died in the plane crash in 1977. Now replaced by his younger brother Johnny.
- Allen Collins - guitarist - died a few years back of natural causes. The originator of that awesome rift Skynyrd is so well known for.
- Gary Rossington - guitarist - still strokin' that instrument and chirpin' away on Free Bird (yes, that is him doing the bird chirps with a
guitar and a glass slide).
- Ed King - Although I think he's still alive, he quit the band in the early years after an argument with Ronnie. He rejoined after the band
reformed with Johnny, but quit again. IMHO, the best guitarist out of the three, and considering who we're talking about, that's a major deal.
- Bob Burns - drummer - left shortly after the band made it big. No idea where he is.
- Leon Wilkerson - bassist - last I heard, still standing behind that big bass wearing a funky hat and grinning like a coon in a chicken house.
- Ricky Medlock - singer, guitarist - was originally a member, but Rick has a bad temper and didn't last very long. Still, his early work in the
band left a lasting mark (anybody remember the song "White Dove"? That was Rick). He went on to found the group Blackfoot, and after their
dissolution returned to Skynyrd. Still playing.
Now, if everyone will excuse me, I need to hear "The Last Rebel" for some reason...