Skynyrd May Have Played Final Michigan Show At Allegan Co Fair
Lynyrd Skynyrd may have performed for their very last time in the state of Michigan at the Allegan County Fair and they played an amazing show.
Lynyrd Skynyrd performed at the Allegan County Fair Friday, September 16, 2022, for what might have been the final Michigan performance of their career.
Singer Johnny Van Zant is the brother of the late great Ronnie Van Zant who originally sang for Lynyrd Skynyrd and said recently that the band will retire sometime in the next year or so.
I recently spoke with guitarist Rickey Medlocke and he said these iconic songs will live on for years long after he and the rest of the members are gone.
Lynyrd Skynyrd at Allegan County Fair
Growing up a huge fan of Lynyrd Skynyrd I was very pleased with the setlist they chose for the Allegan County Fair.
Skynyrd opened with "Working for MCA" which was such a killer choice. They followed it with fan favorite "What's Your Name" and then the "Needle and the Spoon." Those three songs took me right back to my childhood when I was learning to play the guitar.
Medlocke did tell me that they were gonna go a little deep on a few cuts and they did with song four "Down South Jukin." That was definitely one for the fans and for the casual fans they followed it up with "You Got That Right" and "That Smell."
I was pretty pumped when Skynyrd pulled "Cry For The Bad Man" from the "Gimme Back My Bullets" album. It would have been cool if they had played the title track too. They followed it up with "Saturday Night Special" which is one of my all-time favorites from Skynyrd.
Next was "Tuesdays Gone" a song that has always held a special place in my heart. My uncle and cousin were both big influences on me as a kid when I was learning to play guitar. I couldn't help but think of them both during this song and many more.
Skynyrd then played one I had not heard since I was a kid when my dad was playing their album "Pronounced Leh-Nerd Skin-Nerd" called "Mississippi Kid" on an 8-track in an old Ford F-150. They followed that with probably the strongest song the band has recorded since the plane crash that killed Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines, and Cassie Gaines which was "Red, White, and Blue.
Skynyrd finished with monster song after monster song. The whole crowd sang along with "Simple Man" including myself. Then "Gimmie Three Steps", "Call Me The Breeze" and the song that put them on the musical map, "Sweet Home Alabama."
Skynyrd took a brief break before closing out the night with one of the biggest rock anthems of all time, "Freebird." The guitar players did such an amazing job covering one of the most iconic songs of all time.
The only thing missing was legendary guitarist Gary Rossington who has had several heart issues over the past couple of years. He does come in for a few songs here and there but unfortunately, he wasn't there but definitely in the spirit.
If you missed the show, you missed a great one but all the video I posted above was from the show if you would like to see and hear what you missed. If for some reason they do come back to Michigan and you love these songs, go see them, you won't be disappointed.