On Thursday night we went to see Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd (pronounced ‘lÄ•h-’nÃ©rd ‘skin-’nÃ©rd)
perform at Birminghamâ€™s NIA. Their heyday was the mid 1970s, during which they produced two of their best-loved songs, Sweet Home Alabama and Freebird.
I confess I find all that long, flowing hair, cowboy boots and twangy, jangly insistent and riffy guitar absolutely irresistible. If youâ€™re thinking â€˜hang on what about all those confederate flags and references to God and firearmsâ€™, Iâ€™m pretty confident this is all tongue-in-cheek; though I suspect they are (or were) Christians.
Many members of Skynyrd were wiped out in a plane crash in 1977, but the band rose again, – some might say like Jesus â€“ with a new line up, which now includes the late lead singerâ€™s brother Johnny Van Zant as lead singer.
The star of the show for me was one of the three guitarists – Rickey Medlocke – whose stage presence outshone the rest of the band by miles.
The crowd of maybe 3,000 people wore hard rock band souvenir T shirts, Harley Davidson emblems, waved confederate flags, and enthused wildly!
OK, we may have heard Freebird and Sweet Home Alabama a million times before, but who can honestly say they don’t smile when they hear those songs again?
Photos: Moth Clark