August 12, 2006
1970's-2010 - Lynyrd Skynyrd Back On Stage
Nashville Reunions, Concerts, Albums, Video Tapings & Tours
|2nd Lynyrd Skynyrd Reunion:
1987: The next Lynyrd Skynyrd appearance, also took place at
a Volunteer Jam (XIII) Concert in Nashville.
Allen Collins served as music director, in a wheel chair, partially paralyzed,
after crashing his car. He could be seen at the back of the stage, clapping
along during Lynyrd Skynyrd's set, which included Ronnie Van Zant's
brother, singer Johnny Van Zant.
|1979: Papa John Creach, Barry Chance from Barefoot Jerry,
Billy Crain from the Henry Paul Band, Charlie Daniels,
Gary Rossington from Lynyrd Skynyrd, Toy Caldwell from
the Marshall Tucker Band and country singer Janie Fricke
|Back on-stage, once again, at the Charlie Daniels Volunteer Jam V, at the
Municipal Auditorium in Nashville. They begin by jamming on "The Breeze"
with members of the Charlie Daniels Band. They go on to play an
instrumental version of Freebird for the first time without singer
RonnieVanZant. He was killed along with members Steve Gaines,
Cassie Gaines and assistant road manager Dean Kilpatrick.
Skynyrd survivors on-stage included Gary Rossington, Allen Collins,
Billy Powell & Artimus Pyle. Ronnie Van Zant's widow Judy Van Zant made
an appearance on stage (as did Teresa Gaines). Leon Wilkeson, came out
with his arm still in a cast. Others paying tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd at this
show included the Henry Paul Band performing "Grey Ghost",
and the Charlie Daniels Band singing "Million Mile Reflections"
|Poem by Charlie Daniels: While on the way to Ronnie's
funeral, Charlie wrote the poem. Ronnie's wife,
Judy, had the poem carved into the bench.
The bench was place in front of Ronnie's grave
A BRIEF CANDLE, BOTH ENDS BURNING
AN ENDLESS SMILE, A BUS WHEEL TURNING
A FRIEND TO SHARE A LONESOME TIME
A HANDSHAKE AND A SIP OF WINE
SAY IT LOUD AND LET IT RING
THAT WE'RE ALL PART OF EVERYTHING
THE FUTURE, THE PRESENT AND THE PAST
FLY ON PROUD BIRD, YOU'RE FREE AT LAST
By Charlie Daniels
|1980's Nashville Concert Poster
|January 21, 1979 :
of Lynyrd Skynyrd
at the Charlie Daniels Band,
Volunteer Jam V
A yearly event (at the time) in Nashville.
The Volunteer Jam began in the 1974
and was an annual event in Nashville
for many years. I attended
approximately 20 Volunteer Jams.
One of the highlights for me, was
when Charlie Daniels announced
"Lynyrd Skynyrd is back".
This was their first time on stage since
the fatal plane crash that killed six
people. Just feet from the stage,
I saw many people with tears in their
eyes as they played an instrumental
version of Freebird, on-stage for the
first time without their late singer
|One of the most popular groups to come out of the Southern Rock
movement of the 1970's, Lynyrd Skynyrd's career was cut short in 1977 by a
plane crash that took the lives of three members. A 1987 reunion, the
Lynyrd Skynyrd Tribute Band, was first planned as a single concert at the
Volunteer Jam XIII in Nashville Tennessee. They decided to tour, and the
name changed to Lynyrd Skynyrd 1991. Later, with Judy VanZant's
permission, the name changed back to Lynyrd Skynyrd
|2000's DVD Taping
|2005: Lynyrd Skynyrd members, before and after the plane crash,
Ed King & Artimus Pyle play with the band Deep South, including
members of Wet Willie, Atlanta Rhythm Section & 38 Special
at the Mercy Lounge in Nashville Tennessee
Click on Pictures to Enlarge Pictures by Jimbo Hagey Junior
|Ed King left the band before
the plane crash. The late
Steve Gaines took his place
|Artimus Pyle, pictured
here with a fan, went for
help after the plane crash
|Above: 1980's & 1990's Assorted line-ups of Lynyrd Skynyrd
continue to tour and play in Nashville every year.
2005: The only members remaining from the plane crash in the
current touring band are Gary Rossington and Billy Powell.
Right: 2000's: Lynyrd Skynyrd returns to Nashville to record
another DVD in the Music City. The Vicious Cycle Tour.
|Promotional picture from Billboard Magazine
|Left: Pictured in 1987
at the Lynyrd Skynyrd
2nd on-stage reunion
are guitarist Randall Hall
and singer Johnny VanZant
Rossington Collins Band
plane crash survivors
June 27 & 30, 1980
with opening act
Johnny Van Zant
|Above poster thanks to original Charlie Daniels Band drummer Gary Allen
|Lynyrd Skynyrd re-unites
for the first time since the
tragic plane crash in 1977
|Lynyrd Skynyrd 1991
|2006: Lynyrd Skynyrd is inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall Of Fame
Gary Rossington, Billy Powell, Artimus Pyle, Ed King & Bob Burns
|Lynyrd Skynyrd was recently be inducted into the
Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in 2006
|Guitar Player Magazine features Lynyrd Skynyrd in January 1988
|10 Years Later LYNYRD SKYNYRD Rocks Again - Back With A Veneance!
|LINK: Pat Adams
(myself) comments on
the 30th Anniversary
of the Lynyrd Skynyrd
plane crash published in
Southern Fried Magazine
LINKS: Charlie Daniels
comments on the
30th Anniversary in
Southern Fried Magazine
|Freebird (part 2) from Lynyrd Skynyrd's first on-stage reunion
Text from Tony Beasley's YouTube "Freebird" page
Added: November 07, 2006 (Less info). Skynyrds first appearance
since the plane crash....Volunteer Jam 1979 Video and part 2 here
I am the first person to put this up on youtube!!!!
check the dates against the others who embedded this on their own sites.
My friend Pat Adams from www.tennesseeconconcerts.com ....thanks Pat for
letting me put this up and letting the Skynyrd fans see some great history.
January 21, 1979 : 1st Reunion of Lynyrd Skynyrd
at the Charlie Daniels Band, Volunteer Jam V.
|Lynyrd Skynyrd's 2nd Reunion! That Smell at Volunteer Jam 1987
This was shot at Charlie Daniels Volunteer Jam 1987, Starwood Ampitheater,
Nashville TN. Members include, Gary Rossington, Billy Powell, Leon Wilkerson,
Artimus Pyle, Ed King, Johnny VanZant and Randall Hall. YouTube Video
|See rare video of Lynyrd Skynyrd's first reunion, I preserved on tape for 25 years
1979: The first on-stage reunion of Lynyrd Skynyrd after the 1977 plane crash.
I was right in front of the stage & first to unearth this rare footage and give it to my friend
Tony Beazley who posted it on YouTube. Tony was the first person on YouTube
to post this Nashville reunion of the survivors, from the Charlie Daniels Band Volunteer
Jam in 1979. This was from a Volunteer Jam Special, aired on TV soon afterwards.
Due to the length of the song "Freebird", Tony had to post it on 2 video's.
Check out part 2, also.
Pat Adams TennesseeConcerts.com & SouthernTribute.com
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|THE HISTORY OF
THE VOLUNTEER JAM
by Pat Adams
|The Volunteer Jam drew fans from all over the country. The 16 (or so)
jam events hosted by the Charlie Daniels Band, included hundreds of
well-known artists. Various Volunteer Jam shows have appeared on
albums, television shows, a movie, CD's & DVD's. Pat Adams from the
TennesseeConcerts website covered almost every Volunteer Jam and tells
his memories of seeing some of the greatest musicians in the world.
Check out our Volunteer Jam page
including pictures, text & rare videos of the jam
The History Of The Volunteer Jam
See Rare 1979-1980 Southern Rock videos from the
Volunteer Jam hosted by the Charlie Daniels Band
Winters Brothers Band - I Can't Help It
Wet Willie (featuring Jimmy Hall) - Keep On Smilin'
The Allman Brothers Band w/ Bonnie Bramlett - Ramblin' Man
Toy Caldwell & George McCorkle of the Marshall Tucker Band - Can't You See
Lynyrd Skynyrd's First Reunion after the 1977 Plane Crash
Call Me The Breeze Freebird (Part 1) Freebird (Part 2)
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