Lynyrd Skynyrd will be the guest of honor at a tribute concert for the group this fall in Atlanta.
"One More For the Fans! -- Celebrating The Songs & Music of Lynyrd Skynyrd" takes place November 12 at the city's Fox Theatre and, like last year's similar Gregg Allman tribute, will be filmed and recorded for CD and home video release as well as a likely TV broadcast.
Produced, like the Allman tribute, by Don Was, the show will feature Allman, Peter Frampton, Cheap Trick, .38 Special's Donnie Van Zant (brother of Skynyrd singer Johnny and late Skynyrd frontman Ronnie), Warren Haynes of Gov't Mule and the Allman Brothers band, and more.
Public tickets go on sale August 18, and guitarist Gary Rossingon, the only founding member remaining in the Skynyrd lineup, tells us he's gratified by the group's staying power:
"All the older songs we're doing now and have always done, it's just like they're brand new every night because there's so many different generations, two or three out there, sometimes four generations. It's crazy...I mean, the kids are singing the lyrics, some of 'em, and getting off on the songs that are real classic and a little touching like 'Simple Man' or 'Free Bird' and stuff, and you see their emotions and that's what keeps it fresh for us, too...It's great to be out there talking about Ronnie and Allen (Collins) and all them; they never got to see their songs...We were still new when the band was going and the plane crash (in 1977), so it was still kind of a new thing and they never got to see years and years later that their songs, or our songs, are still popular, some of 'em, and still being played and people have turned a couple of 'em into classics, and they weren't around for that. So it's great to keep carrying that on."
Skynyrd is currently on tour, with dates booked up to the tribute show.