Freedom Concert in Atlanta....AWESOME Experience!
August 14, 2010 8:58:12 PM UTC Post #1

It was a GREAT night at the Gwinnett Center in Atlanta, GA!! I was very moved by the whole experience, and I encourage everyone to try and attend a Freedom concert. It was a celebration of America & very patriotic. I don't know when I have been to a concert and was so emotional--I cried several times. YES, I cried!! I just don't see how you couldn't be moved by the stories of fallen soldiers, disabled soldiers, and their children.
Here are my memories from the night:
*Charlie Daniels preformed first. He put on quite a show. Hannity came out right before "Devil Went Down To GA" and he stayed on stage with the band. Hannity sang, played drums & the fiddle. Now that was "host participation"!!
*Next, Bill Bennett spoke.
*Michael W. Smith preformed after that. I was curious how his preformance would go over with a crowd there to also see CDB & Skynyrd......it was different, but wonderful! He told about his friendship with George W. Bush (Bush calls him "the other W") and about how Bush asked him to write a song about 9/11. Michael said that about 6 months after that conversation, he was out on his farm in TN and he looked up and saw his large American flag that he has on his property. Then, he began to write "There She Stands". It was a very moving song!! He also had the crowd stand & sing "America the Beautiful" with him. This is one of the moments that I cried. To top it all off, Hannity came out and asked him to preform "Amazing Grace". Can you imagine a crowd that large singing "Amazing Grace"? Another tearful moment & a moment to be proud to be an American.
*Hannity then showed 4 videos that were entered into a patriotic contest that he sponsored. The winning video was done by a 22 year old. Pretty amazing. Check it out:
http://www.hannity.com/pages/great-american-video-contest-winner
*Oliver North spoke next. He told about the Freedom Alliance & the money raised for college tuition for children of 100% disabled veterans or for the children of fallen soldiers. Two of these recipients were brought onto stage.

**Now it was Skynyrd's turn.................
Great videos to go along with the music. (Some I had seen at other concerts and also some new ones.)
Set List:
Skynyrd Nation
What's Your Name
Saturday Night Special
Down South Junkin
That Smell
Simple Man
Give Me Back My Bullets
Tuesday's Gone
That Ain't My America
Gimmie 3 Steps
Call Me The Breeze
Sweet Home AL (Hannity was on stage with them.)
and of course.........FREEBIRD
It was somewhat of a different experience. The crowd was more subdued--and this was because it was a different mix of people. I did find it funny to see the "elderly, Lawerence Welk" crowd leaving during Skynyrd's performance. To me, a true Skynyrd fan, it was almost disrespectful. But, I guess I can't be too hard on them. It was probably just too overwhelming--they had gotten all quite and calm with Michael W. Smith....and then "Skynyrd's in the house". HA!!


Ain't nothing sweeter than a Southern girl!

August 14, 2010 9:30:34 PM UTC Post #1

@Sweet Home Al Sara...........as usual another satisfied skynyrd nation member. Very happy to hear that you enjoyed the show.....stay frosty

said:Ain't no need to worry
Ain't no use to cry
'Cause I'll be comin' home soon
To keep you satisfied


Formerly.....bdrendler

August 14, 2010 10:19:47 PM UTC Post #2

THANK YOU SARA!!!! I knew the Nation could count on you...

Yeah why the hell would you leave during Skynyrd?????? Maybe they were going to catch the "Early Bird Specials" for dinner.... What ever.... More room for you to get the toes a tappin'....

That Ain't My America!!!!! How did that go??? Any intro by Johnny on that one??? It's long over due to be added to the set list and we need it now more than ever.... Since that ass clown of a Prez just OK'd the Mosque blocks away from the Twin Towers.... Class act you idiot!!!! Sorry for venting......

Yeah I think I would've teared up during America The beautiful & Amazing Grace, and who wouldn't.... So did Hannity actually play the instruments???

Anyways, I knew you'd come through for us just there in spirit and Thank You!!!!! Any pictures???

What's next???

I'm not dead, at least not yet, Still Alone, Still Alive, STILL UNBROKEN....

August 14, 2010 10:30:46 PM UTC Post #3

Sounds like an amazing night S Sara! Thanks for the review and for thinking of us!

Wish we could have been there! I watched the winning video by the 22 year old, and looked photos on Hannity's site. He had his photo taken with Rickey! (it's in the photo album labeled great American contest winner, I think it was the 3rd photo)

We were on vacation once and Bill Bennett was there---This was late 2007. Being a somewhat political junkie, I wasn't happy until I actually had conversations with him. Nice guy. Fairly tolerant of me, considering he was on vacation.

Thanks for the update!

Sandi

I'm with what Medway says!------

August 14, 2010 10:36:24 PM UTC Post #4

@medwaysimpleman: hey Sweet Sara, I agree with what our brother Medwaysimpleman said! ............. and did ya get a "Let Freedom Ring" Skynyrd Shirt? and if ya did....... that's one on my wish list! Thanks for the wonderful share!

IF I LEAVE HERE TOMORROW, WOULD YOU STILL REMEMBER ME?

August 14, 2010 10:48:07 PM UTC Post #5

Thanks for the recap Sara. It sounds like it was a great night. I wish I could have been there.

They played That Ain't My America in Bethlehem PA last Monday night. I have been waiting to hear that live. It was awesome.

August 15, 2010 3:43:09 PM UTC Post #6

You left out one song in the setlist, Sara. They also performed God & Guns.

I was a bit surprised at all of the folks heading to the exits as soon as Skynyrd was about two songs deep into their set. I just shook my head and smiled. A ton of older/elderly people were on hand and they evidently were shocked by Skynyrd's much louder music (as compared to Charlie and Michael W. Smith). I would estimate that around 25% of the audience was gone by the time Skynyrd was halfway through their set (the night started off with 12,000 in attendance). I had a an elderly gentleman sitting a row in front of me who had his ears plugged with his fingers for five or six songs and then he got up and left and I never saw him again. Johnny even commented about midway through the show how this was not a "normal Friday night Skynyrd crowd". Definitely not your typical Skynyrd show to say the least!!!

The band sounded great though. I saw them in Birmingham back in June and I thought they sounded better in Atlanta, but I think a lot of that had to do with the better acoustics of the Gwinnett Center.

Hannity is quite obviously a very political person, so if you attended the show and you are a thin-skinned liberal/democrat, then this environment definitely was not for you. However, it was very moving to see the military tributes throughout the show and to see the scholarship recipients on stage with Oliver North just before Skynyrd took the stage. The entire production was first class and there was never any down time. In between the acts, there were short presentations, etc. and we didn't have to wait long until the next artist took the stage. I enthusiastically give everyone who worked behind the scenes a big 2 Thumbs Up!!!

I didn't see a single confederate flag in the audience which was another strange quirk from the show (but, again this was mostly Hannity's crowd and not your usual Skynyrd followers). However, the flag appeared on stage in front of the drum kit in time for the Free Bird encore and got extra applause from those of us who love the 'ol beauty!

See ya'll later. I'm about to hit the road for Fort Walton Beach and the big Rock The Beach show tonight!!! Setlist and review to come late tonight/early tomorrow morning!!!

SKYNYRD'S IN THE HOUSE!!!!!!!!!!!!

Proud member of Skynyrd Nation since 1974

August 15, 2010 9:26:55 PM UTC Post #7

@AlabamaSkynyrdFan17: You're right about the song "God & Guns". Two heads are better than one.....HA!!!!
Have a great road trip & be safe.
Sara

Ain't nothing sweeter than a Southern girl!

August 15, 2010 9:29:11 PM UTC Post #8

@mcskynyrd: I'm wearing the shirt right now as I respond to you. I just had to have it!! I also got a Skynyrd Nation car flag. Now I will reaaly arrive to concerts in style. (This flag will go well with my Skynyrd stickers all over my car and the Freebird tag I have on the front of my car.)

Ain't nothing sweeter than a Southern girl!

August 15, 2010 9:31:46 PM UTC Post #9

@medwaysimpleman: I think that "That Ain't My America" & "God & Guns" were amazing and very fitting for the event!! I also think that for the "older ones" that stayed, it then made sense to them why Skynyrd was there preforming.
Next for me is the cruise. (Except for BBS in TN in October.)
Take Care!!!!!!

Ain't nothing sweeter than a Southern girl!

August 16, 2010 12:07:13 AM UTC Post #10

=Sweet Home AL Sara said:It was a GREAT night at the Gwinnett Center in Atlanta, GA!! I was very moved by the whole experience, and I encourage everyone to try and attend a Freedom concert. It was a celebration of America & very patriotic. I don't know when I have been to a concert and was so emotional--I cried several times. YES, I cried!! I just don't see how you couldn't be moved by the stories of fallen soldiers, disabled soldiers, and their children.
Here are my memories from the night:
*Charlie Daniels preformed first. He put on quite a show. Hannity came out right before "Devil Went Down To GA" and he stayed on stage with the band. Hannity sang, played drums & the fiddle. Now that was "host participation"!!
*Next, Bill Bennett spoke.
*Michael W. Smith preformed after that. I was curious how his preformance would go over with a crowd there to also see CDB & Skynyrd......it was different, but wonderful! He told about his friendship with George W. Bush (Bush calls him "the other W") and about how Bush asked him to write a song about 9/11. Michael said that about 6 months after that conversation, he was out on his farm in TN and he looked up and saw his large American flag that he has on his property. Then, he began to write "There She Stands". It was a very moving song!! He also had the crowd stand & sing "America the Beautiful" with him. This is one of the moments that I cried. To top it all off, Hannity came out and asked him to preform "Amazing Grace". Can you imagine a crowd that large singing "Amazing Grace"? Another tearful moment & a moment to be proud to be an American.
*Hannity then showed 4 videos that were entered into a patriotic contest that he sponsored. The winning video was done by a 22 year old. Pretty amazing. Check it out:
http://www.hannity.com/pages/great-american-video-contest-winner
*Oliver North spoke next. He told about the Freedom Alliance & the money raised for college tuition for children of 100% disabled veterans or for the children of fallen soldiers. Two of these recipients were brought onto stage.

**Now it was Skynyrd's turn.................
Great videos to go along with the music. (Some I had seen at other concerts and also some new ones.)
Set List:
Skynyrd Nation
What's Your Name
Saturday Night Special
Down South Junkin
That Smell
Simple Man
Give Me Back My Bullets
Tuesday's Gone
That Ain't My America
Gimmie 3 Steps
Call Me The Breeze
Sweet Home AL (Hannity was on stage with them.)
and of course.........FREEBIRD
It was somewhat of a different experience. The crowd was more subdued--and this was because it was a different mix of people. I did find it funny to see the "elderly, Lawerence Welk" crowd leaving during Skynyrd's performance. To me, a true Skynyrd fan, it was almost disrespectful. But, I guess I can't be too hard on them. It was probably just too overwhelming--they had gotten all quite and calm with Michael W. Smith....and then "Skynyrd's in the house". HA!!



Were there any closing "speeches" or comments to the show by Hannity or the others after Free Bird - or did they realize that nothing could end the evening better than that song?

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