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One thing that sets Jacksonville’s favorite sons apart from every other band is the fact that sure, Lynyrd Skynyrd celebrated when they saw their first live album break Billboard’s Top 10 – there isn’t a band alive who wouldn’t mark such a massive milestone – but the way they celebrated was as much a declaration of their independence as it was giving privacy to an intensely personal moment of triumph for the band.
A month after the news came that One More From The Road broke Billboard’s Top 10, award winning director Cameron Crowe got the chance to sit down with Ronnie Van Zant and learned just how a band of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s integrity actually celebrates a milestone like that when Ronnie revealed gleefully that Lynyrd Skynyrd marked their success by canceling any and all future interviews.
“The band doesn’t owe anything to anybody,” Ronnie explained happily.
Frustrated with a media presence who saw them as less than the fiercely talented, dedicated and trailblazing band that they are, the band decided that the success of One More From The Road was theirs and theirs alone, meant to speak for itself and be shared with the people who really mattered: the fans. Sure, the celebration continued once the phone was unplugged and interviews with confused media outlets were canceled and we’ll likely never know the details of how the celebration unfolded – but we do know that after hearing this, we respect Lynyrd Skynyrd even more for sticking to their guns, and we know you will too!
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