What's So Funny???...
September 29, 2009 1:47:57 PM UTC Post #1

I'll go first. I first saw the band in the early 70's. Lynyrd Skynyrd opened for Alvin Lee and Ten Years After...what a show!!! I was blown-away and in LOVE!!! He was the dark haired guitar player who played the slide on Freebird...OMG...I was about 17ish...not sure what year it was...he was almost too PRETTY to be male but he and his partner...the tall, willowy, jumpin' Jack flash dude...were something to behold! I had never seen the likes of this kind of rock n roll...the Dixie flag, the barefeet, the cool hats that kept getting changed after nearly every song...cool hats...and the singer calling these boys mules? I was intrigued...to say the least...and the dude on the piano...wow...who was this Lynyrd Skynyrd outfit anyway and what were they all about. I had never even been to the south...born and raised in the north but something struck a deep chord and I had to know more. My friend and I bought tshirts that night...the cool shirt with the Jack Daniels label changed into a Skynyrd label...that was my favorite tshirt all through high school and I wore it often and with rebel pride...and I was a Yankee! Later that night my friends and I stopped in a bar to use the bathrooms and we were hoping to get served without an ID check. I was up at the bar wearing my new tshirt and I felt someone tap me. I turned around and this gorgeous guy with a big smile and southern accent asked, "did you enjoy the show tonight?" I was speechless...which is very unusual for me...and blurted out something like, "oh yeah...the concert, the tshirt, the guitar player...ahhhh...dahhhh...what an idiot I was. The southern gent turned out to be Dean Kilpatrick...who handed me his card and said, "if you'd like to meet the band, we are staying at the such and such hotel...come to the lobby and call my room and I'll come down and get ya' and bring you up to meet them." OMG...am I dreaming? I hope I never wake up if I am...meet the band...are you serious...does he know I'm in love with that guitar player...oh God, did I say something stupid...probably?!!! I was in shock I'm sure...nothing like this had ever happened to me before...wow!! I told Dean I was with friends and he said to bring them too...are you serious? This was unreal to me!! When I told my friends they thought I was delusional until I showed them the card. We drove to the hotel and went in. I called Dean...he really was there...this was really happening...OMG!!!!! We boarded the elevator with Dean and went up...as soon as I exited the elevator and turned to my left I saw Ronnie Van Zant...yes...I blurted out..."Ronnie Van Zant" in this schoolgirl voice I'm sure. My friend elbowed me but Ronnie smiled this big ole' Southern grin and said..."yeah, that's me, darlin'," I nearly fainted! He was walking down the hall to another room. Suddenly, from no where Leon appeared...cool hat and all. Dean said, "hey Leon these are some folks from the show...make them feel at home would ya'?" Leon was a sweetheart...he brought us to his room and gave us autographs and some other Skynyrd stuff...what a guy, what a band, how did this happen to us of all people. I'm from a small town in MA. known for cows, crooks (we have a prison) and college kids (state college too). If they could see us now...not sure who "they" are... We spotted Allen and Billy, briefly in the hall. I was SO glad I didn't see Gary...I would have fainted for sure...what is that thing that makes woman faint over musicians? Ya' know the whole screaming, crying, fainting, pulling hair out thing? What is that? Poor Elvis, the Beatles...all those guys got all that drama going on...brief insanity, maybe? Anyway...that was my first encounter with the gents from Lynyrd Skynyrd...and I'm still around today...some 30+ years later...I'm 51 now...you do the math. Those memories are as clear as if they happened yesterday. Carry on guys. Let's keep making memories together. We will keep showing up if you keep showing up...deal? Alright then!


September 29, 2009 11:57:57 PM UTC Post #1

Thanks for sharing that GREAT story! I was hanging on every word, waiting to see if you would actually get to meet the band. (That better be a true story! HA!!)

Ain't nothing sweeter than a Southern girl!

September 30, 2009 9:14:01 PM UTC Post #2

@Sweet Home AL Sara: Hey Sweet Home AL Sara,

Yup..it's a true story...glad you enjoyed it. I've got a few more to share too...I've been on this journey with these guys for 30+ years...and if you know even some of the history of this band...Sh.. Happens...

If you have any true, funny, silly...whatever...stories to share about the band...share 'em...I thought it would be fun for them and all the Skynyrd Nation to hear what goes on or what's been going on over the years...that story was from the early 70's. I was 16-17...

October 05, 2009 12:21:36 PM UTC Post #3

Well...everyone must be fishin' or somethin'...folks are quiet...so I 'll share another Skynyrd story from my memory bank. Well as I said...we were very intrigued with this bunch to say the least. I was in love and my friend...I'll call her Jane was too. She loved the "tall drink of water with the wild hair and wild feet...Collins!" We would read everything we could get our hands on about them and wondered who some of the folks were they mentioned...like who was Berniece Rossington? Must be cutie pies wife for sure...he couldn't be single...that would be shameful...just NOT right. So...with a few names under our hats...and hats we did wear...we gussied all up for the next show. I wore all white...lacy dress, cool hat, bare legs and of course, barefeet...Jane wore all black...cool black lacy dress, black cowboy hat of course...barefeet...we still have a pic of that...we were I guess 17-18ish. We were pretty innocent too but up for a...

October 05, 2009 12:44:55 PM UTC Post #4

Great stories God's Girl! Thanks for posting. I can't wait to hear the rest.

October 05, 2009 3:03:36 PM UTC Post #5

Oh...I'm back...every once in awhile this computer has a meltdown I guess and I can type but it looks like Chinese or some other language...really...it's strange...

so...PARTY...we were up for a Skynyrd Party...

We get to the show and the place is packed, of course. Next thing I know, Jane grabs my hand and says..."follow me...we're going up front girl..." Now I'm thinkin'...up front? I have barefeet, this is a HUGE CROWD...general admission type deal...but before I could say anything I'm being drug through this crowd...all the while Jane with now a thick Southern drawl is telling everyone to clear the way..."This is Gary Rossington's little sister, Berniece Rossington...I've got to get her up front...it's a surprise she's here...excuse us pleassse....you've got to be kidding...but its workin'...guys, girls, everyone is clearing the way and saying..."hey, Berniece...we love your big brother...he's awesome...man...how cool...where do you live...a million questions...Don't Ask Me No Questions suddenly become my theme song...but I was getting closer to the front...this is SOOO COOL...leave things to Jane...I always wondered if the guys saw what was happening because it was very obvious the crowd was moving, parting to let two well-dressed, barefoot wonders through...life is grand... we arrived, front row, right in front of RVZ...Allen and Gary to his left and right, Leon with all the hat changes, Billy boy on keys, there was not a 3rd guitar that night and Artimus on drums...I think... I'm a pretty small person...5'4" and then I weighed 100lbs. soaking wet so I was getting pretty squished up front...this drunk guy (I know you're stunned...a drunk) asked me if I wanted to get on his back or shoulders so I could see big bro. better...yikes...the funny thing is Gary and I did favor each other...we both had long, dark, wavy/curly hair...he was actually prettier, I think...wide set eyes but his are blue and mine are brown and we both wore silver crosses that were very similar...anyway, I hopped up on Bubba's back and Jane got on some other drunks back...we could see real good now...yeeha...what a night!!! It didn't get much better than that...front row...all kinds of "good stuff" passed our way...we were messed up but livin' the dream...for the night anyway...rock on boys!!!

October 05, 2009 8:59:01 PM UTC Post #6

I hope that you bought "Jane" a beer after the show was over! That was a classic move on her part--not sure if anybody would let that happen today. HA! Thanks for sharing.

Ain't nothing sweeter than a Southern girl!

October 06, 2009 4:52:32 PM UTC Post #7

I know, probably not...it was the 70's ya' know...peace and love...Jane and I are still great friends...she just celebrated her 30th wedding anniversary this summer...I was her maid of honor...we laughed so hard recently looking at her wedding pics. We all looked like such "hippies"...oh I guess we were...ha ha...great memories!!!

October 06, 2009 5:10:45 PM UTC Post #8

I have a few minutes so I'll share some more Skynyrd stories...Jane and I continued to love the guys, the music, read everything we could about them...we were Skynyrdholics, big time! Jane and I took a pottery class together...Jane was a really good artist...she could draw and paint, sculpt...do just about anything artsy. We decided that we would make coffee mugs for the band...each one painted a different color and Jane would draw their faces on them. She made Gary's first...it was beautiful blue...like his eyes and the black silhoutte...it came out really neat. Allen's was next...it was pretty green...like his eyes with the black silhoutte too. Next was Ronnie's...we chose yellow...thinking of him as "the sun" shining all over the stage! Leon followed...his was earthy brown...like his eyes...nice too. Artimus had a white mug with a black silhoutte...cool and Billy

October 06, 2009 9:34:52 PM UTC Post #9

I'm enjoying your stories. Please keep 'em coming....


I might go out to California might go down to Georgia, I don't know...

October 06, 2009 11:48:18 PM UTC Post #10

I'm thinking you should consider a book......My Life's Journey With Skynyrd.

Ain't nothing sweeter than a Southern girl!

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