I'll say something good about Rossington. His guitar solos in the 70's are some of the best I've ever heard. ON THE HUNT, SATURDAY NITE SPECIAL, DON'T ASK ME NO QUESTIONS...these are some GREAT melodic solos.
Rossington's solos on all of that pre-crash stuff are so under-rated. Just because they may sound easy to play doesn't mean they didn't take a LOT of restraint and a good ear to write guitar parts so melodic.
Just for the record, few things would make me happier than to reconcile with that old bastard. I always wanted to count him as one of my friends, but I don't think he has too many.
He let me play that slide-harmony on FREE BIRD (at Skynyrd's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony) which, to me, meant some kind of reconciliation. That's as far as we can go!!
One time during an interview Rossington was talking and accidentally said the word "sh!t"...then stopped and asked the guy... "Is it ok say 'sh!t' on the air?" "No!" the interviewer said. "Oh well, f**k it, then" Gary said.
(About a recent CMT special on Southern Rock) I LOVED it when Rossington said, quoting the record company people, "Go ahead, record FREE BIRD...we guarantee no one's gonna ever listen to it, you stoned, stupid kids!" THAT was hilarious. A GREAT quote.
He came across as VERY likable and it's a GOOD thing it turned out that way. Geez...all the bickering and back-stabbing sure gets lost inside a good laugh. Watching him talk about the 'old days' made me wax nostalgic big time. Too bad that the guys who took part in writing one of the biggest hit songs of all time CAN'T EVEN TALK. I wish we were still friends.
It has nothing to do with him personally, but it's actually not totally uncomplimentary.
Is it any worse than someone calling me an 'old fart'?! I've been called a lot worse names than "Sludge". And I didn't say that "Sludge" was a nickname...it's not. It just refers to certain sounds that have come out of Rossington's amplifier at times (especially in Toronto, Canada!). I've used the term in his presence...it's no big deal.
One night, while waiting in the wings do to the encore, the lights shined on Gary's head a certain way where his thinning on top was clearly visible. (Of course he kids about this...I think he even commented on it during that VH1 thing.) Before we went on, I leaned over and asked "Hey Gary - did you know that you're really losing a lot of hair up there?!"
<OOMPHH!!!> That was the sound of Dale punching me in the ribs! Wow. She was mad!
I think I can say with a certainty that Gary takes himself a lot less serious than other people THINK he does. He's quite human.
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!
Apr 17, 2018 6:34:05 GMT -5
rebel1222: Whats the point of having a forum if noone can reply to, or create threads?
Nov 28, 2018 8:49:07 GMT -5
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?
Nov 29, 2018 21:48:09 GMT -5
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