Re: Only one original member is still alive
posted at 3/25/2012 2:29 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Only one original member is still alive
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Only one original member is still alive : Good catch Roy. I forgot about Pyle and King. I am not up on Burns.-- Pyle and Rossington have been through H*ll and lived to talk about it. --- Billy Powell's passing was really the end of the band for me, as his keyboards were such a big part of the classic Skynyrd sound-- Like I said they are nothing more than a tribute band with little Van Zant belting out the songs that made his brother famous. But people will always love them, buy the new stuff, and see them live no matter who is singing and playing and that is because of who came before.
Posted by polar123[/QUOTE]
The Skynyrd story truly is tragic. Like Buddy Holly, it's not like they crashed and burned (no pun intented) in their prime over drugs and alchohol. It was a plane crash right when they were at their peak. I always get a strange melancholy feeling when I see live performances of the original group.
Then you have the Allen Collins story, which unfortunately was due to alchohol. His story on its own is really sad. He loses close friends in the plane crash when his band was in its prime. He nearly loses an arm, but was able to rehab. Then his wife dies tragically. I can understand at that point why alchohol became a problem. I saw video of him being brought on stage in a wheelchair after the group reformed. That was sad to see. He was just in his mid-30s at the time.
Had he not had the accident, when the reformed in 1987 with Ed King, they had basically an original (when they hit it big) lineup, just missing Ronnie Van Zandt. Even w/o Collins, I didn't mind that re-formation of the band because all the able and alive members participated and Johnny was Ronnie's brother.
They '87-'91 group, I could call Lynyrd Skynyrd. However, slowly over time, the group really did transform into a tribute band. Collins, who had been serving as musical director, died in 1990 at 37, Pyle left in 1991, King left in 1996, Wilkeson died in 2001, Billy Powell in 2009.
And having guys like Hughie Thomasson and Rickey Medlocke have stints in the band, it became less Skynyrd and more of a Southern Rock All-Star band.