Lynyrd Skynyrd Leave It All On The Stage In Stellar, Soul Baring Performance Of “Simple Man”
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Few things are as universal as Lynyrd Skynyrd’s ‘Simple Man’.
No matter how different we all may seem on a surface level, we all carry mama’s words of wisdom with us as we journey throughout this great wide world and when Ronnie Van Zant left us in 1977, those words of wisdom became the legacy that would sustain the band for decades after. This ‘Simple Man’ tribute crafted by Lynyrd Skynyrd in honor of those they loved and lost is absolutely stunning, and we’re not surprised if you suddenly find yourself with a lump in your throat as you stare at the slideshow running behind the band during their 2003 Vicious Cycle Tour – we certainly did!
Fact: ‘Simple Man’ was written following the deaths of Ronnie’s grandmother and Gary Rossington’s mother. The two sat around, exchanging words of wisdom shared by the women and before long, the song was born.
Suddenly, faces we haven’t seen in decades – some we only know through photos – are brought back to life for just a few minutes in vivid color and seeing their smiles again is both bittersweet and absolutely mindblowing. We’ve been with Lynyrd Skynyrd through the best of times and the worst of times but watching them bare their souls in such a way, letting us see Ronnie, Cassie, Steve and even Dean the way they knew them is something incredibly special. Consider us privileged to have shared this moment with them!