Admit it. You’ve done it. We’ve all done it. We’ve all been at a concert, held our lighter or cell phone devices up high in the air and yelled “Free bird. Play Free bird!”
Imagine if you will, for a moment, shouting out “Free bird” and the having the band on stage actually busting it out. Well, if you are in Ridgefield, Washington—about an hour north of Portland—on July 26th for the Lynrd Skynrd Street Survivors Farewell Tour, this could happen I’m not saying it will happen. I’m saying it could.
Even a tragic plane crash in 1977, which killed original vocalist Ronnie Van Zant , Guitarist Steve Gaines and his wife, backup singer Cassie Gaines, couldn’t stop the band. After a ten-year hiatus, the band returned to the stage with Johnny Van Zant, Ronnie’s younger brother, and continued to delight audiences around the world. Lynrd Skynrd has sold more than thirty million albums worldwide, and USA Today has called them Southern rock’s “most popular and influential crew.” Indeed, Lynrd Skynrd is synonymous with a good time, with Southern Rock, sunshine, and with longevity and endurance.
But, but like all good times, this one is coming to an end.
Cheer them on as the Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Lynyrd Skynyrd put a bow on an illustrious, five-decade long career, with one final tour looking back at the band’s biggest hits. You know the songs. “Sweet home Alabama”, “Simple Man”, “That Smell”, “Gimme Three Steps” and, of course, “Free bird.” You’ll be singing along and joining with the throngs of Skynrd fans paying homage to one of the greatest rock n roll bands to ever perform.
The Sunlight Supply Amphitheatre in Ridgefield will house this final Pacific Northwest Show and, if Skynrd (named after their high gym teacher Leonard Skinner) is on your bucket list of live performers to check out, the 26th of July, 2019 will be your final chance. I’ll be there. I wouldn’t miss it for the world. And, yes, I’ll be yelling “Free Bird” at the top of my lungs.
It will be hot and sticky. The beer will be flowing and the tunes will be blasting. An outdoor concert is the perfect farewell for a band that frequently plays barefoot. A band that loves to get sun scorched and have a good time outdoors. It’s sure to be a good time for all.
For more information on how to get tickets for the show, https://www1.ticketmaster.com/lynyrd-skynyrd-last-of-the-street-ridgefield-washington-07-26-2019/event/0F00563DCF5C39F1. I hope to see you there!