Monday, February 20, 2023


Rednecks unite.  Lynyrd Skynyrd is coming to Brandon. Red Mountain Entertainment announced: 

As Lynyrd Skynyrd approaches the 50th anniversary of the band’s critically acclaimed debut album ‘Pronounced 'Lĕh-'nérd 'Skin-'nérd’ in 2023, they resonate as deeply with their multi-generational fan base today as when they first emerged out of Jacksonville, Florida in 1973. Few ensembles have had the deep impact in creating a lifestyle as Skynyrd has. The band travels forward with a primary mission of celebrating a legacy that honors all whom have had a resonating contribution to the lives of hundreds of millions of fans globally. Former members Ronnie Van Zant, Allen Collins, Steve Gaines, Ed King, Billy Powell, Bob Burns, Leon Wilkeson and Hughie Thomasson alongside others will forever remain significant contributors to this indelible repertoire and the band’s colorful history. Today, Lynyrd Skynyrd rocks on with a current line-up featuring Johnny Van Zant, Rickey Medlocke, Mark “Sparky” Matejka, Michael Cartellone, Keith Christopher, Peter Keys, Carol Chase and Stacy Michelle. Gary Rossington continues to have a significant presence and creative influence with the band, while making select appearances on the road.


The rock and roll powerhouse continually tours, and as Van Zant shares, “It’s about the legacy of Lynyrd Skynyrd, and what it stands for, what the fans are all about. There’s nothing like getting out there playing a great show with Skynyrd and seeing people love this music.”  Adds Rossington, “We’re still standing, Still keeping the music going. We wanted to do the guys who aren’t with us any more proud, and keep the name proud, too.”


With a catalog of over 60 albums, billions of streams, and tens of millions of records sold,  Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Lynyrd Skynyrd remain a cultural icon that appeal to all generations.


Anonymous said...

Watch them sell more tix than James Taylor!

Sol Juette said...

October 20, 1977, 18:52 (CST). These people playing now are just imposters!

Anonymous said...

8:32 - Not enough woke progressives in Rankin to sell out James Taylor. Thank God!

A lot of folks who tolerate this blog are 'Free Bird' fans. Won't be many from Jacktown in attendance. They don't do rap. Notice the convenient scheduling - Again, Thank God!

Anonymous said...

I think we should invite Mr. Henefin-

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

I'm so happy to have this amazing venue locally and I respect them for trying to get diverse and big name acts.

Its a pretty great thing for Mississippi.

Anonymous said...

Buy more fuel this time

Ooh That Smell said...

Lynyrd Skynyrd opened for The Who on their 1973 Quadrophenia tour. They did for music what Pamela Anderson did for the bikini.

DeltaKid said...

There’s nothing quite like Free Bird live. I’ve seen them three times, most recently in Brandon for their “farewell tour” in 2019. If Tom Brady can come out of retirement, I guess so can Skynard.

Anonymous said...

Pamela Anderson? The James Taylor crowd was more into David Hasselhoff in a bikini.

Anonymous said...


Please do research before you post.

Anonymous said...

James Taylor is almost sold out. Sometimes we like music and don't worry about politics.

Anonymous said...

What song is it you can to hear? Well allrighty then

Anonymous said...

Some of these old rock bands are really just glorified cover bands. They travel under the bands banner and play the old sets, but have maybe 1 original member in the lineup (e.g. Lynyrd Skynyrd ). Little River Band is probably the most offensive/ridiculous in this category. They tour with all American musicians representing a highly successful band from Australia. The original LRB members cannot even perform under their own name because it is owned by imposters in California. Foreigner is also guilty of this sin as they’ve played shows without a single original member. I won’t pay top dollar to see a tribute band.

Anonymous said...

They are hardly a “rednecks unite” band. Kingfish’s pretentious, unserious blog behavior is showing again.

Tip O’Neill said...

It’s something for me and the bride to do on a Saturday night, original members or not, beats watching TV, and it’s not rap, I’ll consider the night of April 29 at the Brandon Amphitheater with Lynyrd Skynyrd a win.

Anonymous said...

Sure beats 4 straight years of Douche Bryan and other repeated hillbilly acts that Red Mountain continues to book.

It is looking like the newly renovated amphitheater in Southaven is stealing a lot of the bookings. Several acts are playing Tuscaloosa, Southaven and the Wharf and skipping Brandon altogether.

Anonymous said...

Not Skynyrd

Anonymous said...

Lots of Bah-humbuggers posting. Mostly bugger-miners too fat to get out of the recliner without calling for assistance.

Anonymous said...

@ 9:39, I almost blew my sweet tea out my nose when I read that comment! Now that’s a good one!

Anonymous said...

Checked that box in '75 down at Southern when they were in their prime.

Robert W Neill Jr, Land Broker said...

This is not the original band that made the famous recordings. This is the group that was formed in 1987. It does not appear any of the original members are in this group.

Anonymous said...

Wayne Nelson (American) is the current lead singer for LRB.

>RB was formed in 1975. Nelson was with Loggins & Messina who opened for LRB. Nelson was invited to join LRB in 1980. He is lead for LRB hit "Night Owls."

Anonymous said...

I was also at the USM concert in '75, got to see them a couple of times after Steve Gaines joined the band. I went to see the band one time without Ronnie years ago (Billy Powell was still playing with them) and it just wasn't the same, so I think I'll choose to remember them in the earlier iterations. But nothing against the current members, if they can find their niche (and apparently they have) then more power to them.

Anonymous said...

I used to think it was so implausible, that the Beverly Hillbillies only knew about Silent Screen movie stars (because silent films were still playing, "back in The Hills", in Pixley and Bugtussle). I mean, what was to stop contemporary films from being shown in Appalachia? Why would it take forty years, for films to make it from Hollywood to Bugtussle?

However, if you think about it, 1920s films were only four decades old, in the 1960s, when the Beverly Hillbillies episodes were made. And here, Brandon is getting live performances of revivified songs that are 48 or 50 years old. I know that Mississippi is stuck in the past (Jackson is like a graveyard for worn-out ideologies), but if it weren't happening in real-life (and were, instead, happening in a screenplay), I'd consider Brandon's parade of ancient bands, to be too far-fetched to be plausible.

Anonymous said...

It would kill some of you to be happy. Maybe it would help if you got tickets to Skynyrd and accept when someone passes you a joint.

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