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Nov
09
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NEW YEAR'S EVE TICKET PRESALE TOMORROW

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Get ready to party like it's 2011... Because Skynyrd will be ringing in the new year at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods in Mashantucket this December 31! We want the whole Skynyrd Nation there partying it up, so we're giving you first access to presale tickets before the general public! Presale tickets will be available tomorrow (Wednesday, 11/10) at 3pm ET, so get ready!

Always remember, these presale tickets are limited and are only available on a first come, first serve basis. So, please get your tickets ASAP before they are sold out.

12/31/10 - MGM Grand at Foxwoods (Mashantucket, CT)

Presale tickets can be purchased at: http://tixx1.artistarena.com/lynyrdskynyrd/

*** If you are having difficulty accessing the ticketing link, make sure you are allowing cookies. If that isn't working for you try using another browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, etc…). If after trying that and you still can't get in, please call 212.420.1700 or email skynyrdnation@artistarena.com for assistance.

See you on New Year's Eve!

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Nov
05
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SKYNYRD NATION TRIVIA CONTEST WINNER

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Congratulations to Skynyrd Nation member "Free-bird" for winning the extra 6 months of Skynyrd Nation membership through the Halloween contest!

Free-bird's answers to the trivia contest were:

1.) Where was Ronnie Van Zant buried after his funeral?
Jacksonville Memory Gardens (in Orange Park, FL)

2.) Where is Ronnie's current resting place?
Riverside Memorial Park (in Jacksonville, FL)

3.) Which two Lynyrd Skynyrd members' graves were vandalized in the year 2000?
Ronnie Van Zant & Steve Gaines

4.) Which Skynyrd song contains lyrics about an old preacher putting a man to rest in his grave?
The Ballad Of Curtis Lowe

5.) What are your plans for Halloween weekend?
Hand out treats

Thank you Free-bird and everyone who entered to win. Stay tuned and keep reading the Skynyrd Nation news for future contests and other opportunities!

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Nov
03
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THEN & NOW - GIMME THREE STEPS

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Below are the videos for the second installment of the Then & Now video series. In this Skynyrd Nation video series, we will continue to post videos of Skynyrd from both the past and present performing the same song.

"Gimme Three Steps" is the second featured song of the series! Please keep letting us know in the comments below which videos you would like to see in future installments of the series.

"Gimme Three Steps" (1976)

"Gimme Three Steps" (2009)

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Oct
27
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SKYNYRD'S ORIGINAL PRODUCER

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Alabama news site al.com posted an article yesterday about Al Kooper, the man who produced Skynyrd's first three albums and signed them to their first record deal at MCA.

The article says that Kooper is the "Yankee Slicker" that Ronnie referred to in the song "Working for MCA". He was also the one who sang the almost subliminal Neil Young impression of "Southern man, better use your head…" on the studio recording of "Sweet Home Alabama" right after Ronnie sings "Well, I heard Mr. Young sing about her...".

Please visit al.com to read the full article that includes Kooper's debate with Ed King about what key "Sweet Home Alabama" was supposed to be played.

Below is a mini-documentary about Al Kooper's career in the music business.


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Oct
26
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THEN & NOW - SWEET HOME ALABAMA

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We're starting a new Skynyrd Nation video series called Then & Now. In this series, we will post videos of Skynyrd in the 1970s and 2000s performing the same song.

"Sweet Home Alabama" will be the first song of the series. Please let us know in the comments below which Skynyrd song you would like to see next in the video series. Enjoy!

"Sweet Home Alabama" (BBC's Old Grey Whistle Test - 1975)

"Sweet Home Alabama" (Birmingham, AL - June 17, 2010)

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Oct
25
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SKYNYRD HALLOWEEN TRIVIA CONTEST

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We have a new Halloween-themed trivia contest for the Skynyrd Nation! The first person to email skynyrdnation@artistarena.com with all of the correct answers and share his or her Halloween plans in the comments below will win an additional 6 MONTHS of MEMBERSHIP for FREE to the Skynyrd Nation.

QUESTIONS:

1.) Where was Ronnie Van Zant buried after his funeral?

2.) Where is Ronnie's current resting place?

3.) Which two Lynyrd Skynyrd members' graves were vandalized in the year 2000?

4.) Which Skynyrd song contains lyrics about an old preacher putting a man to rest in his grave?

5.) What are your plans for Halloween weekend?

CONTEST RULES:

1.) Email skynyrdnation@artistarena.com with all of the correct answers.

2.) In the email, you must include your Skynyrd Nation username in the message and type "Skynyrd Nation Halloween Trivia" in the subject.

3.) Share your Halloween weekend plans in the comments below.

4.) The deadline to enter the contest is Monday November 1.

5.) The winner will be announced Friday November 5 and will receive 6 more months of Skynyrd Nation membership for free.

6.) Be sure to follow all of the rules exactly and complete every step of the contest or you will be disqualified.

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Oct
14
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PROUD TO BE IN THE SKYNYRD NATION

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Hey Skynyrd Nation!

We hope you were able to make it to the Foothills Fall Festival in Maryville, TN this past weekend.

If not, then here are a couple of videos from the show with a small taste of what you missed:





Maryville-based journalists Steve Wildsmith and Timothy Hankins covered news on the festival for The Daily Times. They definitely noticed something we in the Skynyrd Nation are proud to already know…that Skynyrd fans rock!



Hankins writes that "'Freebird' brought down the house to end day two of the 2010 Foothills Fall Festival. And there's no doubt that Maryville got rocked tonight. Diehards and casual fans alike came alive with an energy that overtook the crowd and created an atmosphere drenched in Southern rock pride."

And Wildsmith comments that "…no cadre of fans represented for their favorite act like those of Lynyrd Skynyrd".

In Wildsmith's interview with a local shop foreman, the local man and Skynyrd fan since 1970 says, "I've never seen them before…It's been my lifelong dream to see them before I die…".

Wildsmith then interviews a girl from a younger generation of Skynyrd fans who says, "It's music my parents listened to, and music I grew up listening to," and she shares that "The Ballad of Curtis Lowe" is her favorite Skynyrd song.

To read the full article on Skynyrd at the Foothills Fall Festival 2010, please visit TheDailyTimes.com.

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