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Subject: RE: "Lynyrd Skynyrd"'s New Single (NSC)
Date: Wednesday, August 08, 2012
Time: 7:31:29 AM
Remote Address: 188.8.131.52
Message ID: 270667
Parent ID: 270652
Thread ID: 270632
This band isn't Lynyrd Skynyrd any more than the band who today call themselves "The Who", is that old band.
They haven't been for a very long time IMO. The 1987 Tribute Tour band was legitimate. It had all the crash survivors playing (except for Allen, of course, but he was there as "musical director", and his replacement had been personally chosen by him). And Ed King had rejoined the band, which means there were as many "real" Skynyrds playing as there could have been. They didn't sound as good as the original band, but they still sounded pretty damn good.
Yet I have a friend who loves Lynyrd Skynyrd, even today, and he insists that there isn't anything with wrong with them using the name, since sports teams do the same thing year in and year out. He will say to be, that the Denver Broncos today aren't the same team they were in 1975, so why is it okay for them to use the same name, but not Skynyrd.
Well, I think that the comparison doesn't hold water. Scoring a goal or hitting a homerun is just that. Whereas no two singers sound alike, guitarists have their own unique style of playing, etc. Rock bands have always been identified with the people who play in them, that's just how it is. What happens when Rossington passes? Does he get replaced too and the band goes on with zero original members? Look at the insufferable Rickey Medlocke: he replaced Mike Estes (who?), who replaced Randall Hall, who had been chosen by Allen Collins to replace him because Allen could no longer play. Seems to me the legitimacy isn't there anymore.
Classical orchestras go on using the same name even as members retire and/or die. But each musician is part of a much larger group than a rock band, and classical orchestras don't play their own compositions, so the members are not nearly as "identified" with the music.
As for the flag, back in the early days it was a promotional gimmick thought up by MCA Records.
I've always wonder what Skynyrd's albums would have sounded like in the early 80s if the original band didn't get in the accident.
I try not to think about that too much. But I think they would have gone on to make more great albums like Street Survivors. Steve Gaines fit right into the band. RVZ thought the world of him, and Allen and Gary loved playing with him. I'm sure they would have gone on making more great music.
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