Monday, July 19, 2010
Free as a bird now
Go ahead and request "Freebird."
Collins probably would have played his signature lick for you. Even after he left Lynyrd Sknyrd following the plane crash that killed lead singer Ronnie Van Zant he continued to play the song in his own bands. The only difference was the sentiment.
"Freebird" was co-written by Collins and Van Zant as a tribute to Duane Allman, but the instrumental version became a tribute to his Jacksonville buddy Van Zant. This is classic Lynyrd Sknyrd, the epitomy of Southern rock 'n' roll, music that will live forever despite the tragic loss of its core members.
Collins was involved in a car wreck in 1986 that killed his girlfriend and left him paralyzed from the waist down. He died in 1990 of respiratory failure. To revive a stubborn old slogan of the South that fueled the band's rebel heritage:
Hell no we won't forget.