For Skynyrd fans, the only thing better than listening to Lynyrd Skynyrd is watching people become brand new fans of the band, especially the younger crowd – why else do you think our kids knew the words to “Simple Man” before they could even walk? We had the pleasure of watching one young man in particular become part of the Skynyrd Nation after a video of him watching and reacting to footage of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s 1976 performance of “Free Bird” at Knebworth surfaced and y’all, believe us when we say that this is what it’s all about!
YouTube reviewer Ruben Buijs was asked by a fan to film his reaction to the footage and at first, he seems wary; he admits to having heard “Sweet Home Alabama” but isn’t sure if he’s ever heard “Free Bird” before, initially bored with the song’s slow, swaying pace. That all changes when Allen Collins kicks the performance into high gear, launching into the guitar solo that made us believe in miracles; suddenly Ruben is floored, spending the next few minutes with his jaw on the floor and cheering on Skynyrd’s three guitar attack along with Ronnie Van Zant.
By the time the last note rings out Ruben is a fan, calling them “godlike” and “absolutely divine” and hailing the triple guitar attack of Collins, Rossington and Gaines as some of the best playing he’s ever heard before vowing to check out the rest of Skynyrd’s catalog. If you’ve never understood why bands like Lynyrd Skynyrd devote their lives to music, you’re about to!