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Lynyrd Skynyrd bring farewell tour to Birmingham - in pictures

By Rebecca Stanley | Music | Published:

Last night Lynyrd Skynyrd rocked Birmingham one last time as the group brought their farewell tour to the city's Resorts World Arena.

Lynyrd Skynyrd. Pictures by: Adriana Vasile

Kicking the night off with Workin' for MCA, the band treated fans to a series of their bes hits, such as Tuesday's Gone, Simple Man, Gimme Three Steps, That Smell, Sweet Home Alabama and Free Bird.

The American rock band is best known for popularising the southern rock genre during the 1970s.

Originally formed in 1964 as My Backyard in Jacksonville, Florida, the band rose to worldwide recognition on the basis of its live performances and signature tunes Sweet Home Alabama and Free Bird.

At the peak of their success, three members died in an aeroplane crash in 1977, putting an abrupt end to the band's most popular incarnation.

Lynyrd Skynyrd. Pictures by: Adriana Vasile

The surviving band members re-formed in 1987 for a reunion tour with lead vocalist Johnny Van Zant, the younger brother of lead singer and founder Ronnie Van Zant.

The re-formed band continues to tour and record with co-founding member Gary Rossington and core members Johnny Van Zant, along with guitarist Rickey Medlocke, who recorded with the band for a short time in the early 1970s.

Lynyrd Skynyrd. Pictures by: Adriana Vasile

The group has since been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006, and have some 28 million records in the United States alone.

Rebecca Stanley

By Rebecca Stanley
@becci_star

Entertainment journalist for Express & Star and Shropshire Star. Contact me: rebecca.stanley@expressandstar.co.uk

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