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Lynyrd Skynyrd: Last Of A Dyin' Breed

Longtime guitarists Gary Rossington and Rickey Medlocke discuss Neil Young, gun control, and guitar solos.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Lynyrd Skynyrd (Clay Patrick McBride)

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 Zant 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 Zant 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.


Rickey Medlocke and Gary Rossington

Comments [1]

Just a heads up that there isn't a "D" in Ronnie Van Zant's last name. Enjoyed the interview even though Rossington and Medlocke seem to be completely out of touch with modern rock n' roll and "Southern Rock" specifically. The last Southern Rock band left, really? Have they heard of the Allman Brothers Band? And while they don't like to be referred to as "Southern Rock", there is also the Drive-By Truckers, the band that did an album about the mythology surrounding Skynyrd called "Southern Rock Opera". They also toured with Skynyrd back when that album was new in 2001. That's just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to current bands that are guitar oriented. You may not hear them on the radio but they're out there. Lots of 'em.

Jan. 18 2013 01:39 PM

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