The band Lynyrd Skynyrd has seen its share of triumph and tragedy over the years. The Jacksonville, Fla.-based band formed in the early 1970s, and enjoyed early success with hits like "Sweet Home Alabama" and "Free Bird."
"You had an incredible songwriting team. Ronnie Van Zandt was a poet," says longtime band guitarist Rickey Medlocke. "He had a way of putting things into words that people could relate to."
But in 1977, the band lost Van Zandt and two other band members in a plane crash that also injured the rest of the band. It wasn't until ten years later that a reformed Lynyrd Skynyrd began to play again. Since then, they've put out nine more records, including their latest: Last Of A Dyin' Breed.
Medlocke, along with founding band member and guitarist Gary Rossington, join host John Schaefer to talk about how they really feel about Neil Young, their thoughts on assault weapons, and the sentiment behind the title of their most recent release.