Night & Day — While some bands don’t subscribe to the notion that there are songs that they have to play, I don’t think that anyone could imagine Lynyrd Skynyrd not closing out a show with “Sweet Home Alabama” and then returning to play “Freebird” as an encore.
In spite of the fact that everyone knows it’s coming, “Freebird” remains a powerful song, and the ultimate closing number. On this cold night in August as the band blasted through the instrumental part the wind seemed to pick up, creating an odd chill.
Right before that, the screen behind them projected the names of all the band members associated with Skynyrd that have passed away, and it is a staggering number of people when you see the full list.
Nevertheless, this band is doing a great job continuing a musical legacy, and while they have had their share of lineup changes over the years, having Van Zant and Gary Rossington onstage together makes it genuine enough.
In the words of their song, “Tuesday’s Gone,” but it doesn’t appear like Skynyrd is going anywhere soon. Let’s just hope that the next time they come through town with a change in the weather it’s a little warmer.Thom Jennings covers the local music scene for Night and Day.