Southern rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd were back in town just a few months after blowing the roof of the Hammersmith Apollo, but this time they were here in the UK to pick up a Classic Rock Award for one of the greatest comebacks ever, plus there's a new album to promote with the very strong and their best album since 'Street Survivors' from 1977, namely 'Last Of A Dyin' Breed'.
The evening is sold out and a this is certainly one Monday Night Special with the crowd in full voice. Guitarist Gary Rossington may be the only fully fledged original member in the band but Skynyrd have never sounded so revitalised and refreshed.
Singer Johnny Van Zant does a heartfelt and admirable job for his fallen brother Ronnie, unifying with his audience. Rickey Medlocke, with his straight long mane of stallion hair, is a hero for many and plays to perfection. Former Black Crowes bassist Johnny Colt and Peter Keys on the ivories have settled into the band like a hand in a glove. Everyone plays their part and the legend lives up to it's name once again.
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Three tracks from the latest album neatly fit into the set with the title track barnstorming the show into life. 'One Day At A Time' is a raucous slow burner whilst 'Good Teacher' is a real blaster with a Motown feel in full swing.
Regular favourites like 'That Smell' and 'Simple Man' had the Empire in fine fettle. 'Call Me The Breeze' and 'Sweet Home Alabama' were magnificent with glasses raised from all the band and the crowd.
An exhilarating guitar frenzy on 'Freebird' ended a glorious night that flew by far too soon.
Lynyrd Skynyrd mean business and bands as good as this really are the last of a dying breed indeed.
Last Of A Dyin' Breed
What's Your Name?
Down South Junkin'
Saturday Night Special
One Day At A Time
I Know A Little
Medley: Gimme Back My Bullets
Whiskey Rock A-Roller
The Needle And The Spoon
Gimme Three Steps
Call Me The Breeze
Sweet Home Alabama
Waldorf and Statler
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