Keeping it real
October 16, 2009 6:44:24 PM UTC Post #1

I have been reading blogs, and can't believe the vitriol and bile being spewed from "fans" about Skynyrd's appearances on Fox News shows. If you sit and think about it, why do we love these guys? Why have they continued for going on 40 years, and are undeniably one of the greatest music groups of all time? Because they have always been true to themselves; they keep it real. That's why I own every album, on vinyl, cassette, and CD. They have always been the genuine article, even if it wasn't popular. So even if "Simple Man" hadn't worked wonders with my 9 year old autistic son, to the point that with the music therapy he is no longer in special education programs; and "Lucky Man" didn't help me deal some extreme in my life, and help me hold on; and as a veteran "Red, White, and Blue" didn't mean so much to me and my buddies, those alive and those who didn't make it home; even if all of these things weren't true, I would still love these guys for simply being real. So shut up and enjoy the music. To ALL the members of the band: thank you from me and my family. You have done more for us than you can imagine. Keep it real and keep on rocking. There are those of us out here who dig it.


October 16, 2009 7:41:14 PM UTC Post #1

Simpleman113, My post was up the night of the interview (it's now vanished into cyber world) and I also am one of the biggest Skynyrd fans out there, but I have to tell you, like in my orginal post, Skynyrd should not have (in my eyes) gone on Hannity or Huckabee. These are very political shows and I still believe, entertainers should never dip their toes into these arena's. Like you said in your post "just play the music!"
Merv

October 16, 2009 8:58:55 PM UTC Post #2

I too have read a lot of posts on different blogs (not this website, this is not the only place to blog about Skynyrd) that are blasting the band about being on Fox News. Hannity and Huckabee are not news shows, they are shows where the hosts gets to state their opinions about what is going on in our country and to entertain their audience. (Yes they do talk about news but so do other entertainers not on the Fox channel.) One of the ways they enterain their audience is to invite bands that they like to come onto their shows and allow the bands to promote their new albums and put on a small show. I don't care for Conan O'Brien and his show and his opinions but Skynyrd was on that show (an entertainment show) to promote their new album and I am glad they were. I am glad they are able to still book on all the different entertainment shows (no matter the political views of the host) and promote their new album that they were able to put out despite losing two members. They worked hard to give to their fans and instead of their fans just shutting up and saying thanks for keeping real, for giving us music with meaning, for keeping on going no matter with life throws at you...... we are writing stupid comments and whining about where they booked to promote their album. That is very petty guys and I really hope and pray that this is not what My American has become......

October 16, 2009 9:40:15 PM UTC Post #3

lilgirl113, Your first line says it all. The band is being blasted for being on Fox Shows, were they blasted for being on Craig Ferguson or Conan? There is a big difference. If they were on MSNBC they would have the same results . They are making a political statement. They are not dumb. Some of the members didn't go on Hannity because of his views . I don't think these are stupid comments or whining, I just wish they didn't take this route. Like I said on a previous post, It puts a stain on them that may not wash out, like Bono, Streisand, U2,John Rich, Hank Williams Jr.(went on the road with Sarah Palin) etc.... Skynyrd, keep rocking and keep the bird with two wings.
Merv

October 17, 2009 12:29:49 AM UTC Post #4

I thank my God that Skynyrd DOES make political statements and they do stand up for what they believe in.

Ain't nothing sweeter than a Southern girl!

October 17, 2009 12:31:54 AM UTC Post #5

=simpleman113 said:I have been reading blogs, and can't believe the vitriol and bile being spewed from "fans" about Skynyrd's appearances on Fox News shows. If you sit and think about it, why do we love these guys? Why have they continued for going on 40 years, and are undeniably one of the greatest music groups of all time? Because they have always been true to themselves; they keep it real. That's why I own every album, on vinyl, cassette, and CD. They have always been the genuine article, even if it wasn't popular. So even if "Simple Man" hadn't worked wonders with my 9 year old autistic son, to the point that with the music therapy he is no longer in special education programs; and "Lucky Man" didn't help me deal some extreme in my life, and help me hold on; and as a veteran "Red, White, and Blue" didn't mean so much to me and my buddies, those alive and those who didn't make it home; even if all of these things weren't true, I would still love these guys for simply being real. So shut up and enjoy the music. To ALL the members of the band: thank you from me and my family. You have done more for us than you can imagine. Keep it real and keep on rocking. There are those of us out here who dig it.

Thank you for sharing about your son. Music can be moving and magical!

Ain't nothing sweeter than a Southern girl!

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