The scene is the ‘venerable’ Fox Theatre in Atlanta Georgia recently and it was a night to honor Lynyrd Skynyrd. The Fox Theatre was a fitting place to honor the band. Lynyrd Skynyrd recorded a 1976 live album, “One More From The Road,” at the Fox and a portion of the tribute concert’s proceeds went toward saving the venue from demolition. Recording artists included Charlie Daniels, Peter Frampton and Cheap Trick all took turns playing Skynyrd tunes like “Simple Man” and “What’s Your Name”.
It was a year after the recording of the live album “One More For The Road” that tragedy struck in the band when a plane crash took the life of lead singer Ronnie Van Zant, two other band members as well as some of the plane’s crew. Van Zant’s younger brother Johnny took over the lead singer duties when the band reformed in 1988. He and guitarist Gary Rossington reflected fondly over the band’s past, each saying they still felt the presence of the musicians who were lost in the plane crash.
“I think my brother would be very moved to think, ‘Hey, there’s Gregg Allman singing “Tuesday’s Gone,”'” Van Zant told The Associated Press backstage before the concert began. Rossington survived the 1977 plane crash and says the presence of the band members who died never leaves him.
“Every night we play, we feel their spirit,” Rossington said.