I was NEVER a welcomed addition to the band, except that Ronnie invited me. After we wrote ALABAMA, there was no reason to impress him any further. Ronnie had his reason for having me there and he was the ONLY reason I was there. Allen and Gary didn't care to have me around from the git-go...they're very competitive and I don't care much about competition.
So, to clarify...as a youngster in my 20s, I was cocky and pretty sure of my ability. Looking back now I realize I didn't know much of anything! You gotta give people ROOM TO GROW...even me.
As I've said, the whole 'who is better' issue is stupid. Different styles, different takes & angles. I play pretty well but, let's face it...there are others who can play rings around me.
What separates me from them are the opening licks to SWEET HOME ALABAMA and SATURDAY NIGHT SPECIAL. That's it. Get it? Makes me different...not better.
If it was 1973 and you asked me who was better, of course I'D SAY I WAS! The difference there is 24 to 50-something.
Q - In several places on the forum, I've seen you refer to yourself as "the 2nd luckiest guitarist in the world." Who was #1?
If you think Allen had ANY luck except bad luck, think again. Rossington's lucky, or rather I should say 'fortunate', because he (like me) was in the right place at the right time, he survived a plane crash (among other things) and he's still alive today to enjoy the celebrity of it all.
And this isn't said to demean Rossington in ANY MANNER AT ALL...I actually have a lot of respect for the guy, love all of his old solos and I believe he deserves to be in the place where he's at. Whoa...that said, I HOPE it's a GOOD PLACE. I think he's been doing ok.
By the way...the definition of 'luck' is : where preparation meets opportunity. Remember that.
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.
Mar 5, 2019 16:59:18 GMT -5
stevecamp: Pick ups may have been "lindy Fralins"
Mar 5, 2019 17:00:08 GMT -5
mdfan: Hey Ed King FANS come on over to SKYNYRD FRYNDS FORUM and join the party
Sept 24, 2020 2:51:13 GMT -5
Zap: Welcome back Ed Heads!!!!
Aug 12, 2023 10:47:34 GMT -5
ls1fan: Howdy! Hope we get some posters back. I used to love this place for all the info and of course, reading about Ed, may her rest in peace
Aug 12, 2023 15:17:20 GMT -5
GONZO: Hey ZAP!! Yes this place has been missed along with our exhausted ruler Ed. Took off my shoes and will wait for some other characters to show up.
Aug 14, 2023 9:33:08 GMT -5
GONZO: I see that Joe Barnes had liked the new post. How are you doing Joe. Wondering if you have been to the new memorial in Mississippi or any of the Jacksonville festivities. I did see an interview with you at Garys celebration of life at Whiteys Fish Camp!
Aug 14, 2023 9:37:42 GMT -5
GONZO: Is anyone following Craig Reeds "The Stoned Roadie" podcasts on Youtube? He is up to like 90 episodes and a lot of it has been fun to see. Okay I am done rambling on now! LOL
Aug 14, 2023 9:39:06 GMT -5
flgator: All hail our Highly Exhausted Ruler! Gonzo, yep I am following The Stoned Roadie podcast too. Hopefully some of the old gang will start to trickle back to the forum.
Aug 14, 2023 19:41:48 GMT -5
Southern Swede: Hi Zap and all other friends! I've really missed this place and the good old activity from past. I'm just fine - How about you?
Aug 15, 2023 5:46:41 GMT -5
enogy: Zap, thanks for reviving this forum, I always enjoy the info and history here.
Aug 15, 2023 10:52:20 GMT -5
bpwannab: Glad see it is back. Thanks for the invite Zap! Wish you and forum the best of success.
Aug 16, 2023 10:12:12 GMT -5
Chris: Thanks Allan’s!
Aug 29, 2023 20:09:59 GMT -5
randy: Hey everyone. Nice to see this forum is back. So I don't know if anyone remembers me but Ed and I were born in the same town same year and the same hospital. We went to grammer school together. As kids we called him Cal. This won't let me write anymore.
Aug 30, 2023 12:51:28 GMT -5
randy: Are we limited to how much we can say.
Aug 30, 2023 12:52:48 GMT -5
starrider: Been a long time, thanks for putting life back into it.
Sept 15, 2023 9:54:35 GMT -5
Johnny-O: Thx Zap - appreciate your effort to get things rolling here again!
Sept 28, 2023 21:58:12 GMT -5