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  posted on 11/9/2005 at 02:31 PM
The title of thread comes from Ronnie Van Zant's comment during Freebird, on nov 6 1975, when Skynyrd was playing a show in Wales UK. During the "piano solo" part of the song Ronnie says "Play it for Duane and Berry" as the audience cheers the notion.

I just found the bootleg of the show, so needless to say I was surprised to hear that....anyone know if he did it more than once?

Very cool to hear that...I know there's sometimes anomosity between Skynyrd fans and ABB fans so it's nice to hear that Ronnie didn't feel the same way.

 

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  posted on 11/9/2005 at 02:39 PM
Free Bird was written as a tribute to Duane ...
 

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  posted on 11/9/2005 at 02:42 PM
When Lynyrd Skynryd was an upstart band called "One Percent" in Jacksonville in the 60's, their pathes crossed with The Allman Joys on many occasions. They actually knew each other through their respective bands. I know Ronnie and others in LS looked up to Duane and Gregg Allman. Then, when ABB rose to national prominence, it opened doors for other southern rooted bands. I'm sure the respect that Ronnie showed Duane and Berry in those dedications during Skynyrd shows was heartfelt.

 

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  posted on 11/9/2005 at 02:43 PM
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Free Bird was written as a tribute to Duane ...
That's not necessarily true. The song was written before Duane died. However, it evolved into a tribute to Duane.

 

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  posted on 11/9/2005 at 04:11 PM
I didn't know both bands had met during Duane/Berry's life...thanks for the info.

Btw, the bootleg is excellent, but I can only hear one guitar player soloing...not sure what the band's lineup was in 1975..time for googling.

 

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  posted on 11/9/2005 at 04:17 PM
Ok, it was just Rossington because King left earlier in the year.

 

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  posted on 11/9/2005 at 04:42 PM
Ed King left, but that still left Rossington and Allen Collins on guitars.Ever notice the empty spot with Ed's name on it on the ground on the cover of Gimme Back My Bullets...

 

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  posted on 11/9/2005 at 05:19 PM
That would be Allen Collins playing the solo,Rossington plays the slide intro.
 

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  posted on 11/9/2005 at 05:23 PM
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I know there's sometimes anomosity between Skynyrd fans and ABB fans . . .


I have nothing against Skynyrd fans. It's Skynyrd music I have a problem with.


 

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  posted on 11/9/2005 at 06:02 PM
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I know there's sometimes anomosity between Skynyrd fans and ABB fans . . .
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I have nothing against Skynyrd fans. It's Skynyrd music I have a problem with.


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  posted on 11/10/2005 at 05:16 PM
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I know there's sometimes anomosity between Skynyrd fans and ABB fans . . .


I have nothing against Skynyrd fans. It's Skynyrd music I have a problem with.




Don't hate. I don't know, but it is possible you don't enjoy Lynyrd Skynyrd's music because it is popular and way overplayed on classic rock radio. This is true, but this does not justify hating on their music. They were just as legitimate and talented as many other bands, and way more legit and talented than many top 40 bands and artists today. I do not place them on a level with the Brothers or other incredibly good bands, but I do appreciate their music. I don't mean to be rude or inconsiderate, but I disagree with you on that one.

 

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  posted on 11/10/2005 at 06:45 PM
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I just found the bootleg of the show, so needless to say I was surprised to hear that....anyone know if he did it more than once?
Yes, he did it more than once. Actually, in almost every recorded show I have from the '70s, Ronnie dedicated the song to Duane and Berry. You know, "playin' for Duane, playin' pretty"...

 

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  posted on 11/10/2005 at 07:55 PM
When I play original line-up ABB "Duane and Berry', I'm playing it for ME.

 

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  posted on 11/10/2005 at 10:25 PM
I used to hear Skynyrd back in the days of the early 70's. Ronnie's dedications to Duane and Berry were always heartfelt. In those days, the wound was so raw from the recent losses of them that you could feel the whole room draw in their collective breaths with grief and exhale loudly, expressing their love for them in an equally passionate response.

When LS played the Fox in Atlanta for their live album - I was stunned when they replaced their previous dedication to D&B to "play it pretty for Atlanta." it was the first time I had heard it any different.

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  posted on 11/10/2005 at 10:35 PM
PLEASE somebody who REALLY knows the truth about "Freebird", set it straight. Is it about Duane, written and played, OR something different completely. To quote Tom Petty; "I need to know"........just the facts man

 

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  posted on 11/10/2005 at 10:58 PM
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PLEASE somebody who REALLY knows the truth about "Freebird", set it straight. Is it about Duane, written and played, OR something different completely. To quote Tom Petty; "I need to know"........just the facts man
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  posted on 11/11/2005 at 05:03 PM
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I just found the bootleg of the show, so needless to say I was surprised to hear that....anyone know if he did it more than once?
Yes, he did it more than once. Actually, in almost every recorded show I have from the '70s, Ronnie dedicated the song to Duane and Berry. You know, "playin' for Duane, playin' pretty"...


Winterland San Francisco 3.7.1976 is one, and it's up on dimeadozen as we speak.

 

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  posted on 11/11/2005 at 06:07 PM
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PLEASE somebody who REALLY knows the truth about "Freebird", set it straight. Is it about Duane, written and played, OR something different completely.

In my opinion is was NOT written for Duane or about Duane - it simply was dedicated to Duane a bunch of times when it was played live by the original band. When you think about it, the lyrics have nothing to do with Duane or another musician at all.

It seems to be written by a man to a girl whom he's had a relationship with, no?

Bye, bye, its been a sweet love.
Though this feeling I can't change.
But please don't take it badly,
'Cause Lord knows I'm to blame.
But, if I stayed here with you girl,
Things just couldn't be the same.

What exactly do these lyrics have to do with a guitar player in The Allman Brothers?

Was it dedicated at times to Duane?...yes. BUT about Duane?...I'd say, no way. Not really a fan of Skynyrd - always thought they were a bit over-rated - but it does kind of bug me that people think this way-overplayed song is about my all-time favorite guitar player because I really don't think it is...Unless someone can absolutely prove me wrong otherwise.






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  posted on 11/11/2005 at 08:04 PM
Thank you EddieP. After hearing that song over 10,000 times in a period of 30 yrs., I never correlated with DUANE. How do thse rumors get started!

 

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  posted on 11/12/2005 at 01:23 AM
Freebird was written way before DA was killed.
 

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  posted on 11/12/2005 at 01:25 AM


i think it was written about Tina turner, but that's just what i think

 

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