Joe RVZ, after shows when the fans or friends could get access, he'd get into story telling mode. He'd be telling the same stories all the time but he'd always have a new audience. Yes, over time new stories might get added and some old ones dropped but the point's the same.
I heard his stories many times. Watching him was a great lesson in story telling. Can't remember any of them though.
Q - I first saw Skynyrd in 75, I think at the then Civic Center in Baltimore. During Freebird, Ronnie slammed the mike down and left the stage during the first verse after stating "I cant sing this song". I never knew why this happened, and hope you may have the answer.
Joe: Lynyrd Skynyrd was incredibly consistent in their live performances. At the start of every show the music would literally grab you by your shirt and say LISTEN TO THIS. And the show would deliver to the end when Freebird would push the intensity levels off the scale and leave everyone exhausted but wanting more as the band left the building. However out of almost a thousand shows that I saw, there were a few that were totally f*cked. Now I could count these on one hand, maybe with an extra finger or two but that’s all.
The one thing these had in common was that it was Ronnie's fault. Ronnie had trashed his vocal cords, gotten strep throat or for some reason, he just couldn't sing. The band could always cover up a guitar player or drummer f*cking up, Billy was always perfect, but if Ronnie couldn’t sing… there went the show.
How could this happen? I’ll tell a little secret, just like Ronnie liked to tell stories in his songs, he liked to tell stories any time he had an audience. He had a generous spirit and if there were some people around and they were helping him get lubricated and euphoric, he could tell stories all night long and sometimes halfway through the next day. A couple of times he overdid it. It was an easy trap for him, there was always a new audience and while a lot of the time he was telling the same stories over and over, he worked some new material in too.
Now I don’t recall the Civic Center in Baltimore but I clearly recall this happening at the Capital Center outside of DC, could it be this show you are thinking of?
Now a little disclaimer here, I am not trying to “dog” Ronnie in any way. In some ways, he had amazing discipline but no one’s perfect, 5 or 6 out of 1000 is pretty good. He was the front man and without the singer, the show was pretty screwed. Remember when the band started to reorganize after the plane crash and they would play Freebird as an instrumental? Well everybody already knew all the words…
relic: Quirkiness - a fine word. Efficient and precise in a somewhat obscure way.
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Myke: Happy Memorial Day 2016-Thank You Veterans !
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macfangus: New member here. I'm a huge fan of Ed King era LS.
Feb 7, 2017 19:54:58 GMT -5
shaw: I wonder if Zap is around.I found a guitar someone was throwing out and it has Zapp on the headstock. Turns out its one of those Law Suit era Les Pauls. I'm putting it back together it was only the body & neck, with no hardware but I got all the parts now.
Apr 8, 2018 12:09:40 GMT -5
Zap: No relation to me, LOL, but you can gift it to me when you are done restoring it if you like! LOL!
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rebel1222: Whats the point of having a forum if noone can reply to, or create threads?
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gman620: @ rebel1222: Anyone is free to start a new topic or reply to any thread, anytime he or she desires. You've been a member for over three years now, with zero posts, so what's stopping you?
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rocker2462: Looking for info on Ed's red Strat with the tele neck? point me in the right direction please.
Feb 19, 2019 0:47:14 GMT -5
stevecamp: I believe it was was a Warmoth body, aftermarket pickups, an old tele neck.
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stevecamp: Pick ups may have been "lindy Fralins"
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