The tale of Lynyrd Skynyrd and “Street Survivors” seems to have been hatched in the vivid imagination of Tennessee Williams, Harper Lee, or William Faulkner, but the characters are so colorful, the childhood bonds so strong, the struggles so personal, the victories so inspiring, and the heartbreak so deep that there is simply no need for hyperbole in telling it. Gary Rossington is my guest In the Studio.
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Ronnie Van Zant had a notorious reputation in Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Jacksonville Florida hometown as a street fighting, straight razor-toting brawler. As undisputed band leader, Ronnie dealt out intraband discipline in a similar manner , according to lead guitarist the late Ed King here “In the Studio”…
“Essential “. One thing that has never been questioned about Southern Rock legends Lynyrd Skynyrd is their unassailable authenticity to this day. My guests guitarists Gary Rossington and the late Ed King,..
The World Premiere radio special in July 1980 for the Lynyrd Skynyrd survivors’ highly-anticipated ( and highly emotional ) return as the Rossington Collins Band on “Anytime, Any Place, Anywhere”.
As Double Trouble drummer Chris Layton told me of first experiencing Stevie Ray Vaughan’s extraordinary guitar talent from outside an Austin nightclub , I had to smile . Like Chris , I had not actually seen the young blues guitarist the first time I heard him play live , but the memory is burned into my mind . It was February 4 , 1984 as I was anchoring the live network broadcast interviews of the myriad of performers at the annual Charlie Daniels Volunteer Jam backstage at Nashville’s War Memorial Auditorium . Over ten years the Volunteer Jam had grown into an annual pilgrimage by the biggest names then in American rock music , featuring in one night the Charlie Daniels Band , the Marshall Tucker Band , Lynyrd Skynyrd , the Allman Brothers Band, Molly Hatchet , the Outlaws , plus Billy Joel ,Emmylou Harris , and Ted Nugent !
The original Allman Brothers Band had to be seen and heard live to be fully appreciated, and in 1971 the band headlined four shows over two nights on March 13-14 at the Fillmore East that were recorded. My guests remember it well: one of two original guitarists, Dickey Betts, & the late great Gregg Allman.
“It took me twelve years to make that album Live Bullet ,” Bob Seger solemnly emphasizes to me in this classic rock interview to mark the forty-fifth anniversary of that release from Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band in April 1976. This may be the only six million-seller in history which failed to make the Top Thirty in sales when initially released.
The fact that the Doobie Brothers reinvented themselves for their March 1976 album “Takin’ It to the Streets” is quite widely known, but the reasons for the musical shift, and the manner in which they made it work so successfully, is a fascinating back-story worthy of an HBO mini-series.. On the album’s 45th anniversary, Tom Johnston, Pat Simmons, & Michael McDonald are all here In the Studio to recall how it really went down.
Former singer/ songwriter co-founder Donnie Van Zant and original 38 Special lead guitarist Jeff Carlisi recall band headquarters in an abandoned auto parts garage in a swamp to work up songs for “Wild-Eyed Southern Boys” on its 40th anniversary.
For the story of INXS’ breakthrough album “Listen Like Thieves” in 1985 ( Billboard sales peak at #11), the band’s keyboard player/ songwriter Andrew Farriss, guitar-playing brother Tim Farriss, and guitar/sax man Kirk Pengilly, tell of the tough and tender early days forming in the most remote city in the world, Perth Australia; surviving the one-nighters there, in Sydney and in Melbourne; allying with a talented singer from Hong Kong-via-Hollywood, the mercurial snakehipped Michael Hutchence;