While the band makes their way around the map one last time, we want to remember the lives of those who were lost in the tragic plane accident in 1977.
On October 20th, 1977, Lynyrd Skynyrd's tour plane went down due to the fact that it ran out of gas on their way from Greenville, South Carolina to Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
A very sad day... All they needed was some gas in the tank!!!.. Lucky enough to see them 6 times...Man they really could kick it!!!
— David Matteson (@whaler32) October 20, 2017
Only three days after the band released their album, Street Survivors, three key members of the band were killed in the plane crash. These members included lead vocalist, Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist, Steve Gaines, and backing vocalist, Cassie Gaines.
And the cover of the just released LP "Street Survivors" was changed because of the aircraft crash ☹️
Left the new, right the original cover pic.twitter.com/1uVWiNIEjF
— Peter Albert (@alialbert_peter) October 20, 2017
In 1987, the group announced their reforming, introducing their new lead vocalist, Johnny Van Zant, Ronnie's younger brother.
While some other original members have died in past years, the band, nevertheless, departs on their farewell tour this summer.
It's been a good run,but I guess all good things must come to an end. First Ozzy announces a farewell tour,then Slayer,and now it seems like Skynyrd has made the call to hit the road one last time before calling it a day. I'll never forget crowd surfing to "Freebird" with @bctaylor1524 when we saw them live. I don't know if I'll be able to catch them again this last tour,but I'm glad to have an unforgettable memory of seeing them live. We'll always have their music of course,but that live show is something I'll never forget. #LynyrdSkynyrd #FarewellTour #FarewellSkynyrd #Freebird #SweetHomeAlabama #TuesdaysGone #GimmeThreeSteps #SimpleMan #ThatSmell #CallMeTheBreeze #SaturdayNightSpecial #StreetSurvivors #RIPRonnieVanZant #ImAsFreeAsABirdNow #FlyHighFreeBird
Taylor Helson - High Point University
Digital Content Intern - Charlotte