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Fourteen years after the deadly crash of Lynyrd Skynyrd's Baton Rouge-bound aircraft, the surviving members of the band, reunited under the name "Lynyrd Skynyrd 1991," return to the Louisiana city to kick off a new tour. Shirts sold for the event read, "Baton Rouge! After 14 years! We're finally here..."
In promotion of Lynyrd Skynyrd 1991, the first album of original material released by the band since 1977's double-platinum Street Survivors, surviving members of Lynyrd Skynyrdkick off a nationwide tour in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The location is symbolic and significant: 14 years earlier the band was on its way to the city when their plane crashed into a Mississippi swamp, killing three of its band members, including frontman Ronnie Van Zant.
The band at Baton Rouge includes founding member Gary Rossington (guitar) and also longtime members Leon Wilkeson (bass), Billy Powell (keyboards) and Artimus Pyle (drums), but they are going by the name "Lynyrd Skynyrd 1991" out of respect for those killed. It's a touchy subject: When this new version of the group toured in 1987 (as the "Lynyrd Skynyrd Tribute Band"), they drew ire from many close to the band, including Ronnie Van Zant's widow, Judy. This despite Ronnie's brother, Johnny Van Zant taking over on lead vocals, a decision made after getting approval from his family.
The press honors the new "Lynyrd Skynyrd 1991" name for a while as per the band's request, but as time goes by the "1991" addition is dropped as fans acclimate to the new Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Tickets to the Baton Rouge show cost $10, and tickets from the originally scheduled show in 1977 are honored (these tickets also allow free entry for a guest). Over 100 fans have the original tickets, and are admitted backstage to meet the band.
Though ostensibly a tour to promote the new album, the band plays most of their old classics as well, which is what most concertgoers have come for (the new album is poorly received by critics and fans alike). Lynyrd Skynyrd continues to perform with an assortment of lineups for decades after they make this return. Much has changed, and while none of the band members or their fans claim that it is exactly like the original, it sure feels like it when the lighters go up for "Free Bird."