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Feb
10
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Skynyrd to appear on PBS Soundstage

Lynyrd Skynyrd will appear on the PBS Soundstage series on Feb 18th at 9:00 pm CST. The band will perform their classic songs Sweet Home Alabama, Gimme Three Steps, That Smell, and Simple Man. They will also perform songs from their new album, God & Guns. As we all know a Skynyrd show would not be complete without ending the event with Freebird.


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Feb
08
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Michael Cartellone to Showcase Artwork

Lynyrd Skynyrd Legendary Drummer and Artist
Michael Cartellone to Showcase Artwork

Wentworth Gallery to Present Special Back-to-Back Art Exhibits in New Jersey & Pennsylvania

Short Hills, NJ & King of Prussia, PA / February 3, 2010

Wentworth Gallery is pleased to present two art exhibitions by legendary drummer and artist Michael Cartellone. He will make two special back-to-back appearances at the Wentworth Galleries in Short Hills, NJ and King of Prussia, PA on June 5 & 6, 2010. The exhibitions will include acrylic paintings and drum-heads, along with limited edition artwork, all for purchase. Guests will have the opportunity to see Mr. Cartellone on both days.

Special Appearances by Michael Cartellone:

Saturday, June 5: 4 pm -7 pm

Wentworth Gallery:
The Mall at Short Hills, 1200 Morris Turnpike, Short Hills, NJ
973-564-9776 or 1-800-732-6140

Sunday, June 6: 1 pm – 4 pm

Wentworth Gallery:
The Court at King of Prussia, 690 West Dekalb Pike, King of Prussia, PA
610-337-8988 or 1-800-732-6140

Michael Cartellone attended the Cleveland Institute of Art at the age of four, with his focus set on the Visual Arts. Indeed, Michael intended a career in Visual Arts for the next five years, until that is he began drumming at the age of nine. He completely threw himself into drumming, playing his first professional gig at a bar at the age of eleven, although he never stopped painting. Cartellone continued studying both drumming and painting simultaneously, throughout his grade school and high school years. By the time he graduated high school, Cartellone was performing four nights a week, earning his living as a musician; yet at the same time, he had begun selling his paintings. As Cartellone explains it, "music and art have always been two halves of a whole."

At the age of twenty-two, Cartellone moved to New York City to further his career. He worked in the art department in the garment industry by day, and played the drums by night. It was during this time that he had his first gallery show, at King Street Gallery in the Washington D.C. area. His move to New York City was a true springboard for Cartellone's music career. Before long, he found himself in a new band called "Damn Yankees", which went on to multi-platinum status. Other recording and /or touring credits include: John Fogarty, Cher, Peter Frampton and Freddie Mercury. In 1998, Cartellone joined the legendary Southern Rock Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, where he currently can be seen on tour throughout the world.

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Feb
05
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FAVORITE MEMORY CONTEST WINNER

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Wow, Skynyrd Nation! You guys sure have some incredible Skynyrd memories to share. It wouldn't be fair if we tried to pick a winner for "best memory," so we chose a winner completely at random to win a special Lynyrd Skynyrd prize. Congratulations to our winner, ls-bern!

The winning submission, along with some of our other favorite stories are below. Thanks to everyone for participating!

Winning entry from ls-bern: My favorite memory was year 2000 in Orlando, Florida. I was staying at the Marriott across the street from the arena where Skynyrd and ZZ Top were performing. I had my tickets for the show and went to lounge by the pool that afternoon for some sun and relaxation before the concert that night. There were 3 people hanging out I walked by we said hello to each other. I kept thinking to myself that these people looked familiar to me. I thought it was Johnny VanZant but I wasn't sure. As I listened to the conversation they were having I once again thought they really look like skynyrd members. My husband comes down walks by them says hello, comes and sits by me and says isn't that Ricky Medlocke. I was like OH MY GOD! I thought so too, but I didn't wan't to bug them. We went over and asked and sat down and spent the afternoon by the pool with Johnny, Rickey and Carol. Took some pics and went to our room later on to get ready for the concert. As we were walking in the hotel lobby which was swamped with Fans heading out the door to the concert I heard someone say my name. I turned and looked and the entire band except for Billy Powell were sitting together on a long couch, They remembered my name, waved me over and told me to enjoy the show. The funny part was that they were sitting there watching people walk by who were going to see them and nobody even realized they were there. (and I didn't tell) What a great memory!!!! and I have pics and autographs to keep forever. This is just one of many great memorys I have, but this one will always be extra special to me! There is nothing like a Skynyrd Fan!!!!!! We are all spiritually connected. You Can't explain it, you can only feel it in your heart!

Hugs and Kisses to all,
Brenda Hunter


One of our favorite entries from midnightrider: my favorite memory was what ronnie had spoked about though the years,that was education,ronnie was big about getting an education,so myself as i can recall all those words of wisdom he said in his lifetime,so myself i was able to accomplish alot of things,by those words,its funny how one person can make a difference in someones life,and for ronnie to express how he felt about,made me realize that you got to have an education,so thats what i done-------listened to his words --------like it was [he-ronnie]-speaking directly to you about this,so i did,not only that,those words i was able to be inspired to do that for this great man/person/and his love of music that helped me get to where i am today-------with out those words of encourgement i did so,i completed alot of degrees by always remembering the kind words ronnie spoke about,ronnie made a difference in my life for the good----------so i would like to thank ronnie for that,and the music,he gave us----------------heres to you ronnie,so as the years went by not only did what i did about getting an education,but to this day,i help out with those by saying education means alot,and another thing was that i recall ronnie sayin ''everybody wants to be free,like the eagle in the sky'',that was another helpfull thing also,this man[ronnie]has always been a huge impact in my life,and continues to this day,!!!!!!!!!!! thanks


One of our favorite entries from skynyrdalways: Last year at Birmingham England it was my 10 year old sons 1 st Skynyrd gig and we were fortunate enough to be in the front row just left of centre and my son was singing his heart out and was smiled at by Rickey and sparky , then midway through Alabama JVZ beckoned Callum over to the stage came down to him shook his hand ,posed for a photo and said some kind words to him
We were both in tears for the rest of the song .
Fantastic night and they took time out after freebird to sign his flag and give him the set list.

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Jan
28
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"FREE BIRD" ON CONAN O'BRIEN'S LAST TONIGHT SHOW

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Did you catch Conan O'Brien's last "Tonight Show" this past weekend? If so, you probably saw him end the show with a celebrity jam session featuring Will Ferrell, ZZ Top, Ben Harper and Beck… And they sang "Free Bird"! If you missed the show, you can still watch the video below. Conan and friends did a good job, but no one will ever top the original!

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Dec
10
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Skynyrd-signed guitar highlights raffle

By Bill Dean
Entertainment editor for

The Gainsville Sun


Hailing from Jacksonville, Lynyrd Skynyrd's ties to Gainesville are surprising perhaps only in their depth and longevity. They go back to the late '60s and early '70s when the unsigned band performed shows in Gainesville, including several for Tom Petty's Mudcrutch.

Today they continue with the group helping to raise funds for Gainesville's Earl Gardner, who as a 7-year-old in 2007 received burns to 40 percent of his body at his home in northwest Gainesville.

The band recently sent Earl's family an Ibanez guitar autographed by singer Johnny Van Zant, guitarists Gary Rossington and Rickey Medlocke, and others associated with the group along with 38 Special singer Donnie Van Zant.

The guitar is being raffled off Saturday with proceeds from the $2 donations per chance going to defray Earl's continuing medical expenses. Chances are available at the Short Stop in Gainesville, Alachua Farm & Lumber Center in Alachua, the Spindrifter Lounge, Sonny's Pit Bar-B-Cue in Alachua, Hitchcock's grocery stores in Alachua, Trenton, Hawthorne, Newberry, Old Town, Jasper, East Palataka and Keystone Heights.

The drawing for the guitar will be held at noon Saturday at Alachua Farm & Lumber Center, at 14101 N.W. 145th Ave., Alachua, though participants don't need to be present to win. For more information, call the Alachua Farm & Lumber Center at (386) 462-3003.

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Dec
07
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New Lynyrd Skynyrd Posters and Greeting Cards!

We are now offering a greater selection of new posters and greeting cards! Check them out for the Lynyrd Skynyrd fan on your holiday list or get a rockin' gift for yourself!

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Dec
01
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Ronnie Van Zant Portrait by Michael Cartellone

Michael Cartellone creates an amazing tribute to Ronnie Van Zant!!

Click on the portrait below for more details and to order your Limited Edition copy.

Michael says: "The long awaited Ronnie Van Zant portrait is now available - I worked on it all year while the band was on tour and I could not be more proud of this tribute to a great man. Please visit my web site and check out the slide show presentation which documents the progression of this artwork while out on the road."

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Nov
26
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Black Friday Special: Autographs From Lynyrd Skynyrd

Black Friday Special: Autographs From Lynyrd Skynyrd

Lynyrd Skynyrd's instant classic God & Guns 2 CD Special Edition or Standard Edition comes with an autographed booklet from the band. Don't forget, the double CD Special Edition contains 6 bonus tracks. GO HERE to order now.

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Nov
20
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Lynyrd Skynyrd Rocks the Wellmont Theater by Elliot Levin

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Southern rock legends Lynyrd Skynyrd played in Montclair, NJ last night, filling the newly restored venue with hoards of fans both old and young.

The current incarnation of Skynyrd, with guitarist Gary Rossington as the only full-time original member, still boasts an impressive pedigree, including original singer Ronnie Van Zant’s younger brother Johnny on vocals, and original drummer Rickey Medlocke now on lead guitar. Check back with Examiner.com this weekend for a preshow interview with Rickey as he discusses his musical influences, modern politics, Skynyrd history, and more.

The band, playing their fourth New York metro area appearance since August, opened with new song Skynyrd Nation, one of four new tunes that would be played over the night. The Wellmont Theater’s stage was heavily packed, as the band now consists of a staggering nine musicians filling out the classic triple guitar sound. Flatscreen TVs flashed Skynyrd images as singer Johnny Van Zant belted out songs old and new, and the audience of long time fans sang along to classic tunes such as Gimme Back My Bullets, Tuesday's Gone, That Smell, and the always poignant Simple Man, which Van Zant dedicated to US troops both home and overseas.

Newer tunes off Skynyrd’s freshly released album, God & Guns, also featured prominently in the setlist, and were well received by the crowd, especially the hard-rocking radio hit Still Unbroken. In another merging of the old and new, a noticeable amount of children were present in the audience, cheering right next to their proud parents, especially during the bands’ best known material such as Sweet Home Alabama as a new generation was introduced to one of the best-known rock bands of all time.

Of course, no Lynyrd Skynyrd concert would be complete without an encore performance of Free Bird, arguably the most famous encore song of all time. The band played the classic ballad with the same tight perfection they demonstrated the entire night, keyboardist Peter Keys hammering away at his piano while Medlocke shredded through the solo regularly voted to the top five of virtually every list of all-time best guitar, solo, or rock songs. Flatscreen TVs displayed the names of Skynyrd members who have passed away over the years, as all of the musicians powered their way through the heavy metal guitar climax of the song, Van Zant hoisting an American flag tied to his microphone stand high above his head as the audience roared in appreciation.

As Rickey Medlocke said earlier in the day, “Lynyrd Skynyrd may be called Southern rock, but really it’s American rock. We’re as American as can be.” Truly, last night’s performance demonstrated one of the last classic rock bands still touring and making new music, with no sign of slowing down. From first song to last, Skynyrd delivered a hard rocking concert that satisfied everyone, and made it clear that they plan to be around for a long time yet. While last night night's show was the fourth and final local appearance for 2009, expect the Skynyrd family to roll around again soon.

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Nov
19
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Skynyrd Still Skyward

Skynyrd Still Skyward
by Mark Smith


TRAGEDY and triumph.

Never have two words been more deeply entrenched in the psyche of a music group than with American rock legends Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Since its formation as a garage band in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1964, it seems the group has never been able to experience one without the other.

After rising to world-wide fame in the early 1970s with enduring classics Sweet Home Alabama and Freebird, the group was forced to disband after losing three members, including songwriter Ronnie Van Zant, in a plane crash in South Carolina in 1977.

In 1986, before the band’s reunion, surviving guitarist Allen Collins crashed his car while drunk, killing his girlfriend and leaving him paralysed from the chest down.

He died from pneumonia on January 23, 1990.

The band, now led by Van Zant’s younger brother Johnny, continued to record, sparking an exciting new period.

Then in 2001, Leon Wilkeson, the band’s bassist since 1972, was found dead in his hotel room.

In 2006, the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Guitarist Hughie Thomasson died shortly after.

So it’s strangely poetic that in 2009, the band’s latest triumph is something that has again risen from the ashes of tragedy.

The band’s new album God and Guns has been heralded as the group’s finest record since its 1970s hey-day, but guitarist Rickey Medlocke says it took the untimely death of two more of its members to get it that way.

The band started recording the album in 2008, but lost keyboardist Billy Powell and bassist Ean Evans during the recording process to a suspected heart attack and cancer respectively.

“One of the key elements in this whole thing that really pushed us to dig deep and come up with the goods was the fact that we had lost Bill Powell and our bass player Ean Evans to cancer, and knowing that we had started this record with them, and all of a sudden we couldn’t finish it with them,” Medlocke said.

“And we knew that if we didn’t get this record out they would have been very disappointed.

“At one point we even talked about calling it a day but then we said, ‘you know what, we can’t do that because Billy and Ean would be very upset’.

“So we picked ourselves up by our bootstraps, dug down deep and really, really committed to making a great CD.”

The album blends a range of musical styles from blues and country to hard rock and includes guest appearances by Marilyn Manson guitarist John 5 and Rob Zombie.

The album debuted at number 18 in the US charts, its highest result since the 1977 album Street Survivors.

Lyrically, it takes aim at what Medlocke describes as a nation of forgotten values.

The album title is a reference to a speech US president Barack Obama gave in San Francisco deriding small town America for clinging to their God and guns.

“Our country (the US) is trying to be so politically correct, and a lot of the family values and personal values have been forgotten,” he says.

“It’s not the way half of our nation wants it to be. And this record kind of speaks out for some people who maybe can’t speak out for themselves.

“We go out and say, ‘hey, when did it get to be that kids can’t pledge an allegiance to the school in the classroom or be in the classroom and say their prayers’?

“Everything has become that if you’re doing something, you’re insulting someone else’s religion, or if you say something you’re insulting someone else’s race.

“We don’t try to use the band as a political stance; we are just musicians who write about real substance. And we’ve been writing about what is on people’s minds for years.”

Medlocke puts the group’s endurance through so many tragedies down to a simple love of the craft.

“When you’ve got great bands that have spent their whole lives playing music, what else are you going to want to do?,” he said.

“We have fans from 15 to 65 years old and it’s pretty amazing for us.

“I think that’s what drives us through the tragedies.”

Medlocke also hinted at the possibility of playing in Australia for the first time.

“There has been a lot of interest in an Australian tour. We have never been out there, but it is something we really want to do,” he said.

God and Guns is out now through Roadrunner Records.

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Nov
18
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Amazon's Deal Of The Day

Get God & Guns for $2.99

Thank you for your interest in Roadrunner Records.

God & Guns is Amazon's Daily Deal today!

Head over to Amazon right now to purchase the digital bundle of Skynyrd's new album, God & Guns for the low price of $2.99.

The album features the hits "Still Unbroken," "Simple Life" and the powerful "That Ain't My America."

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Nov
18
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Amazon's Deal Of The Day

Get God & Guns for $2.99

Thank you for your interest in Roadrunner Records.

God & Guns is Amazon's Daily Deal today!

Head over to Amazon right now to purchase the digital bundle of Skynyrd's new album, God & Guns for the low price of $2.99.

The album features the hits "Still Unbroken," "Simple Life" and the powerful "That Ain't My America."

GO HERE to get it now.


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