Lynyrd Skynyrd is a cultural icon in the world of good old fashioned Southern rock and roll, and their catalog is surprisingly deep. Though their prime is almost always considered the era of 1973 to 1977, they have kept things rolling even through the present day.
The band had a nearly two decade long hiatus that ran from the late 70’s to the early 90’s. But since their rebirth with 1993’s The Last Rebel, the band has stayed the course and consistently released records currently culminating in 2012’s Last of a Dying Breed.
With all that said, the band’s setlist is almost exclusively focused on material predating their early 90’s reunion. This leaves off nearly nine album’s worth of material, and keeps performed tracks focused on two or three albums in particular. The most performed release is their 1973 self-titled debut.
The band has four songs that are constant setlist standards, and they keep the tradition into 2014. These are perhaps their biggest and most well-known songs: “Gimme Three Steps,” ‘Simple Man,” “Sweet Home Alabama,” and the extremely popular and always epic, “Free Bird.”
“Free Bird” is always the closer, and fans wait eagerly for it to come up in its full extended close to 10 minute version. The band’s setlist is often frustratingly consistent. Because they leave out almost all material post-1991, they stick to their main material.
The group’s aptly titled sophomore release, Second Helping, sees life with show opener “Workin for MCA.” The band performs a few deeper cuts from their 70’s era, such as “Down South Jukin” and “That Smell.” These come from 1994’s Endangered Species and 1977’s Street Survivors, respectively. The former release is the latest period of time the band goes to and it is not always performed at all shows.
In all, the band is a testament to consistency and classic rock, a formula they stick with and run with once again for this latest tour.
Workin’ for MCA
I Ain’t the One
Call Me the Breeze
What’s Your Name
Gimme Back My Bullets
Down South Jukin’
I Know a Little
Saturday Night Special
Gimme Three Steps
Sweet Home Alabama
How long is a Lynyrd Skynyrd concert?
Lynyrd Skynyrd plays every minute of a 120 minute set.
Are there any new songs?
Despite the group’s obvious heyday taking over their setlist, there is always some chatter of new material surfacing. The group’s albums chart surprisingly well, and there are no new songs performed this time around.
How about covers?
The band has always had an affiliation and respect for fellow musician, JJ Cale. Staying with the setlist this year, as with previous years, is Skynyrd’s now somewhat famous rendition of Cale’s own “Call me the Breeze.”
How do I get access to presale tickets for Lynyrd Skynyrd’s tour?
Lynyrd Skynyrd has announced a whole slew of presale packages for their final tour. The packages range from general presale access to full-on VIP packages and other features. You do not need to be a fan club member to get premium access to presales. You can find all the details on the band’s official Facebook page.
You can also get general presales through American Express Entertainment presale feature. You must be an American Express cardholder to gain access to these tickets. Only a small portion of the tour is covered through this option.
Who is Lynyrd Skynyrd’s publicist and press contact?
The group is signed on with Vector Management. You can find their main contact line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who is opening the show?
The band has had a number of opening acts throughout the years ranging from small time acoustic musicians to large bands with a massive following in their own right. This time around they think smaller with acoustic maestro Jeremiah Reed. His country twang and vibes blend well with Skynyrd’s more Southern tendencies.
“With the volume cranked to 11 the band ran through its back catalog with an efficiency that was as impressive as it was enjoyable. It was an interesting choice to forego performing hardly any songs from recent releases, but the crowd didn’t seem to mind as the band jammed out to earsplitting renditions of classics like “That Smell,” “Sweet Home Alabama” and “Simple Man.” – Corbin Reiff of the Seattle Times
“Despite all the hardships they’ve endured over the years, the band has refused to quit and their fans have loved them for it. Guitarist Gary Rossington may be the sole original member left with the band, but he’s put together a pretty impressive group of musicians that not only play the music well, but really seem to be having a great time on stage together.” – Andy Laudano of Jam Magazine
“The current incarnation of Lynyrd Skynyrd, meanwhile — with only guitarist Gary Rossington left from the original lineup — featured four songs from its 1973 debut album, not exactly a 40th anniversary observation since they’re all staples of the group’s shows but still effective when “Simple Man,” “Gimme Three Steps” and “Tuesday’s Gone” were grouped together late in the show with “Free Bird,” of course, as the encore.” – Gary Graff of The Oakland Press
Lynyrd Skynyrd THE XL TOUR 2013
Tour Opening Acts: Bad Company
Started January 15, 2013 in New York, New York | Ended December 16, 2013 in Reno, Nevada
Lynyrd Skynyrd, 2012
Tour Opening Acts: Chevelle
Started February 11, 2012 in Biloxi, Mississippi | Ended November 17, 2012 in Concho, Oklahoma
Lynyrd Skynyrd, 2011
Tour Opening Acts: NA
Started January 11, 2011 in Tampa, Florida | Ended May 13, 2011 in Belton, Texas
Lynyrd Skynyrd God and Guns 2010 Tour Opening Acts: NA
Started February 12, 2010 in Durant, Oklahoma | Ended June 20, 2010 in Virginia Beach, Virginia
Lynyrd Skynyrd, 2009
Tour Opening Acts: Bo Bice
Started January 2, 2009 in Norfolk, Virginia | Ended November 21, 2009 in Salamanca, New York
Lynyrd Skynyrd Rock and Rebels Tour 2008 Tour Opening Acts:
Started February 8, 2008 in Corpus Christi, Texas | Ended December 31, 2008 in Pikeville, Kentucky