New albun needs to be more rock,less country
April 21, 2012 12:39:15 AM UTC Post #11

Ronnie Van Zant died in October of 1977. Ronnie was more of a soulful country rock singer like a mixture between Greg Allman and James Brown. Donnie Van Zant from 38 Special played more of a rock sound back in the day. The same as Johnny when he was in the Johnny Van Zant Band in 1980 or so. If Ronnie was still alive and writing/recording, Lynyrd Skynyrd would be AWESOMER. Nuthin' against Johnny's taking over. Nobody on Earth could sound as close to Ronnie Van Zant as his kid brother Johnny. That's understandable. People do genetically inherit their kin's voices. That's my 2¢ worth...if that.

April 21, 2012 1:16:59 AM UTC Post #12

@Just Sum Dude: I agree 101% with you about this. I've been a real die-hard Lynyrd Skynyrd fan since June of 1975. They TOTALLY replaced ALL my other favourite bands, including Beatles, Led Zeppelin, T-Rex...∞. I JUST HAD to go see them and according to the "Street Survivors" Concert List in the Street Survivors album, they were going to Toronto Ontario in November of 1977. That changed. I've still always loved Skynyrd's music and always will, but without Ronnie Van Zant mainly, it really ain't the same. The same as Ed King, who played a huge role with Gary and Allen in getting that guitar trio Lynyrd Skynyrd signature sound. Nobody can play the solos to Sweet Home Alabama like Ed King did with his Stratocaster sound. The guys who replaced Ed King, Allen Collins and Steve Gaines are fantastic but it just ain't the same to an unemployed guitar player from north Ontario in the bush. Same as when David Lee Roth left Van Halen, they became Van Hager. It just ain't the same. The same when you talk about Rickey Medlocke. He DID play with Lynyrd Skynyrd just before and during the recording of "Pronounced", in fact if you look at Skynyrd's "First...and last" album cover (Muscle Shoals Recordings or???), you can see Rickey Medlocke in the back. You might not be able to tell it's him cuz he had more hair and it was black then, not white. When I hear the name Rickey Medlocke, I immediately think of Blackfoot. Blackfoot is a great band. Maybe I can't get used to change. Never could. Please, do NOT waste your time giving me shit...I've gotten enough shit with my comments before. Some kid about twenty something asked me if I ever heard this new band. A guy called Leonard Skinner or something he said. Yep, I heard of them before you were even thought about. He goes "No, no ,no...they're this new band..." Okay kid, whatever. I'd just like to be able to go back to October 19th 1977 and burn that Convair CV-300 to the ground. It would definitely have put a damper on Lynyrd Skynyrd's plans temporarily but...just IMAGINE eh? Imagine that plane crash never happened and Ronnie, Steve, Cassie, Allen, Billy, etc. would likely still be alive and kickin'. Hindsight is 20/20 they say. G'Bye.

April 23, 2012 10:07:05 PM UTC Post #13

=CrissyPie said:
=Hooty said:A long long time ago and I read this somewhere in my Skynyrd Travels Ronnie wanted to become Lynyrd Skynyrd's Manager. He also wanted to steer the band into Country Music and Southern Rock and Country music are closely related, you can call them cousins

I have heard/read that from multiple sources as well. The content of the songs is very common man, real-life kind of stuff, which is the same in country music.

I also read about this plan which included trying to talk Paul Rodgers into taking over the lead vocals. That would have been off the hook, but I scratch my head still wondering if it would have worked. Paul is known simply as "The Voice", but I guess we'll never know as fate would have it.

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