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However, this year also marks the 35th anniversary of the airplane crash that killed singer Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines and backup singer Cassie Gaines, as well as tour manager Dean Kilpatrick and the plane's two pilots and put Lynyrd Skynyrd in dry dock for a decade, as well as the 25th anniversary of the surviving members' decision to reunite.
The "crash and burn" remark is especially savage, given the 1977 plane crash that killed band members Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines, and Cassie Gaines, among others.
They produced a string of hits including Sweet Home Alabama, but in 1977 a plane crash killed three band members - including singer/songwriter Ronnie Van Zant.
Undoubted highlight here is the messy machine gun riff of The Bitter End, over which frontman Chris Robertson wails - more Eddie Vedder than Ronnie Van Zant - but radio-friendly ballad You would give the band an easy worldwide hit single.
5 /PRNewswire/ -- Ronnie Van Zant considered STREET SURVIVORS Lynyrd Skynyrd's greatest achievement.
After a slow-burning bluesy start with "Travellin' Man" (which incorporated some live recordings of Ronnie Van Zant vocals), and "Workin'," the band kicked into a full-tilt boogie mode with "What's Your Name" and "That Smell," the one-two opening punch from the classic "Street Survivors" album.
Frontman Ronnie Van Zant was regarded as a great songwriter with, of course, Freebird being a huge hit of its time.
At their peak, legendary singer/songwriter Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines and vocalist Cassie Gaines died in the 1977 plane crash that ended the band's initial run.