Watch Billy Gibbons and Slash Lead Gary Rosington Tribute At CMT Awards – Nicole
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What A Performance!
At the CMT Music Awards, Lynyrd Skynyrd was recognized through a special tribute performance that featured several renowned musicians such as Slash, Billy Gibbons, Paul Rodgers, and members of the Allman Brothers Band. The tribute was introduced by Peter Frampton, who took the time to honor Gary Rossington, the last surviving original member of Lynyrd Skynyrd, who passed away on March 5 at the age of 71. Frampton acknowledged Rossington’s significant contributions to the band’s sound and his influence on countless fans and musicians. Despite their departure, their music will continue to be celebrated and enjoyed for generations to come.
During the tribute performance, Paul Rodgers sang lead vocals on the first song, a moving rendition of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s classic track “Simple Man.” As the song progressed, Cody Johnson, a country singer, joined in and the two singers took turns performing. The big screens behind the performers displayed images of Gary Rossington during the performance.
After “Simple Man,” the musicians played an energetic rendition of Skynyrd’s iconic hit “Sweet Home Alabama.” Both Slash and Gibbons played guitar on both songs, with the two rock legends delivering impressive solos during “Sweet Home Alabama.”
The tribute performance also included Chuck Leavell and Warren Haynes from the Allman Brothers Band, while LeAnn Rimes and Wynonna Judd served as backing singers, filling the same role as the Honkettes, the famous female vocalists who backed Lynyrd Skynyrd during the band’s ascent to stardom.
Watch the performance in full below.