I watched Skynyrd on Soundstage (PBS) last night. It's hard for them to fill 50+ minutes when they play 2 unforgettable new songs and all their other songs are so long! The only part that was tolerable, was when they played "That Smell", a song that stirs memories of youthful indescretions. Watching the other classics was painful, mostly since I have heard them so much, I can hum or "Air Mouth Guitar" all the guitar solos. The big classics seem forced, slow and lacking of energy. You throw in a rippin' new flashy guitar player that could do those solos in his sleep, and you lose some of good ole boy flavor that was Skynard...this guy didn't seemed to challenged by the repertoire, and he was doing it on a thin ass sounding Strat of all things! The drummer looked like he should have been playing in Spandau Ballet, not Skynard, and if I had to hear JVZ say "Hello Chicago" one more time I was gonna puke! His job during solos was to raise the flag tied to his mic stand into camera range of the dude doing the solo, he even blocked out the keyboard players big moment with his flag waving. I think wrapping that flag around his mic stand has got to be some sort of desecration!
I will not miss them.
Cheap Trick - "4 Great Guys, 3 Great Chords"