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Lynyrd Skynyrd @ Pacific Amphitheater – 07/15/2017


 

Lynyrd Skynyrd @ Pacific Amphitheater – 07/15/2017The reigning kings of Southern Rock n Roll, Lynyrd Skynyrd are out on the road touring the USA and played to a packed house of Skynyrd Nation die-hards at The Pacific Amphitheater as part of The Toyota Summer Concert Series at The OC Fair on Saturday night July 15. Opening the show on this night was Orange County’s own Jeremiah Red.

On a beautiful SoCal evening, Jeremiah Red took the stage and played an energetic, boot stomping set that featured their massive hit “My Baby” which certainly got the crowd’s blood flowing. Jeremiah Red is a great live band and was the perfect appetizer for Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Lynyrd Skynyrd is a band that has survived such tragedy and misfortune throughout their existence but has had a solid core over the last eight or so years and deliver one of the most ass kickin good times you will ever experience at a concert. The band hit the stage and started the night with the mid-temp rocker “Call Me the Breeze” which had th capacity crowd on their feet and singing right from the beginning. Johnny Van Zant is an impressive frontman as in between lyrics he is constantly interacting with the crowd and was letting those in attendance know how great it was to be back in California and even throwing some high fives to those in the front row.

Lynyrd Skynyrd @ Pacific Amphitheater – 07/15/2017The only original member of the initial version of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Gary Rossington plays one of the meanest slide guitars in the business and alongside fellow axeman Rickey Medlocke and Mark Matejka create one of the most talented guitar trios to be reckoned with. Each taking turns delivering their ear-piercing leads throughout the set and often coming together at center stage and playing in unison was a spectacle to be seen and heard. Now a fifteen year Skynyrd veteran Michael Cartellone bashed the skins in a very animated and exciting delivery for the duration.

Peter Keys on Piano/Keyboards knows how to tame the ivory as he treats the Skynyrd Nation to his incredible playing. Lynyrd Skynyrd is very much about supporting US Military troops and played the song “Simple Man” in their honor with various war hero images playing on the large LED screen that made up the backdrop for the stage. It seemed like the entire crowd sang along to every word of this beautiful song. Van Zant would again thank the crowd and thank them for keeping the music alive all these years.

The band left the stage and then returned to play, you guessed it, “Freebird”. It’s a surreal experience to witness this song played live as there is a lot of emotion in everyone’s mind as the LED screen paid tribute to all the fallen previous members of the band. The extended jam the amazing guitar trio brought to life during this classic song was so powerful and moving you could not help feeling a combination of sadness and jubilation. Hearing and seeing Lynyrd Skynyrd play “Freebird” live is an event every music lover should experience!

The current band holds true to the spirit and persona of the original era of Lynyrd Skynyrd and every rock n roll fan needs to encounter a Lynyrd Skynyrd show. Johnny Van Zant and the boys continue their live summer performances through the end of September before heading to South America. Check www.lynyrdskynyrd.com for all the latest information on this legendary band.

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