Lynyrd Skynyrd

© John Gellman

Photos © John Gellman

These shots are from two shows in 1974. The color shots are from a concert in Orlando or St. Pete, Florida early in the year. It was the second time I saw Skynyrd. (The first time was when they opened for the Who.) The Outlaws opened the show, which is why I was there. The main thing I remember from this show is what a great guitarist Ed King was. I know Gary Rossington and Allen Collins got most of the acclaim, but this night it was the Ed King show. Ed was kicking ass and taking names. The guy could flat out play.

The black and white shots were from an all day concert at the Orange Bowl in July 1974. Skynyrd played midday, following the Eagles. This was to be the last time I saw Skynyrd until the 1990s. Frankly, it was not a great set for Skynyrd. The Eagles were not an easy band to follow, and Skynyrd had an off day. It happens. I think they had other things on their minds that day.

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Jessica Webster - I have an artist sketch of Ronnie Van Zant in his early years, wearing his white hat, with Freebird across the top and Simpleman across the bottom. It’s in very good condition and an excellent representation of him. I am thinking of selling it, would you or anyone you know be interested?

Jessica Webster - Turns out the sketch was done by Davida Shontell dated 1994

JG - Jessica, you should try posting a message on the fan forum at the lynyrdskynyrd.com website.

James Row - Great pics of Ed. I was fortunate enough to see the second to last show before the plane crash. Like you said about Ed, the late Steve Gaines took over that show. The black and whites of Allen and his Firebird with the rebel flag are fantastic. Thank you.

Raymond Lightbourn - I was there in 1974 and thought Lynyrd Skynyrd was the best band by far that day. The rocked Freebird and played Sweet Home Alabamba for the encore. It was the first time they ever played it live.

Rich Hohman - I was there in 1974 as well, and I agree with Raymond – Skynyrd owned the crowd that day.

JG - They might have owned the home crowd, but in my opinion, the Eagles owned the stage. Opinions are like belly buttons. Everybody’s got one.

Rich Hohman - LOL – it still remains one of the best concerts I have ever attended. Thank you for sharing all the great photos!

Cathy Boyce - Also there July 4, 1974. Skynyrd rocked! Best first date ever. Wound up marrying my date in December 1974. Still love rock n roll and still married to my date!

Dan Eslinger - I was there I remember the stage being pressed up against one side of the Orange Bowl there were a few more bands Isis an all girl band , Sons of Champlin, followed later by Skynyrd,Eagles, and The Band. Leon Russell was on for only a few minutes before the City of Miami shut the lights off.My girlfriend and I left to eat at Royal Castle,man those were the days. Thanks for the memories! great photos

Rickie Johnson - John, thanks for sharing your pics.. I am a huge Outlaws fan as are you. Just wanted to say hello and to thank you. Happy Holidays. Rick.

Raymond Lightbourn - Hard to say which is the best song, Freebird or Hotel California, but live it has to be Freebird, especially at this Orange Bowl concert. I actually had never heard of Lynyrd Skynyrd before the concert, but after they played Freebird, they became my favorite band for years, and Freebird my fave song. Thank too for the pics.

Raymond Lightbourn - I actually had never heard of Lynyrd Skynyrd before the concert, but after they played Freebird, they became my favorite band for years, and Freebird my fave song. Thank too for the pics. Hard to say which is the best song, Freebird or Hotel California, but live it has to be Freebird, especially at this Orange Bowl concert.

Dean - Do you happen to remember who was drumming for Skynyrd at the July 7, 1974 show – Bob Burns or Artimus Pyle?

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