In Photos: Lynyrd Skynyrd Bring Their Long Farewell to Queens, New York (7/14)

At a Skynyrd show, fans who yell "Free Bird" actually get to hear the classic song

Lynyrd Skynyrd at Forest Hills Stadium
Lynyrd Skynyrd at Forest Hills Stadium, photo by Kevin RC Wilson

For nearly 50 years, Southern-rock pioneers Lynyrd Skynyrd have traveled the globe spreading their Southern-rock tunes to the masses. Despite the loss of several key members over the years, federal lawsuits, and a 10-year hiatus, Lynyrd Skynyrd have powered through the deepest of tragedies.

Unfortunately, all great things must come to an end. Back in 2018, the band announced publicly that their “Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour” would be their final run. With a fanbase spanning many generations, it is no wonder Lynyrd Skynyrd’s final tour crosses multiple countries and lasts nearly two years

Founding guitarist Gary Rossington told Dan Rather in an interview last year, “It takes a long time to finish a farewell tour when you’re like us, because we’ve played everywhere.”

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It seems fitting to name their last tour after their fifth studio album because Street Survivors was arguably one of the band’s most noted LPs due to it’s release only three days after the fatal plane crash in the forest of Gillsburg, Mississippi, that killed three of their members. Despite so many odds stacked against them over the years, Skynyrd are going out on their own terms.

On Sunday, July 14th, fans took to Forest Hills Stadium in Queens, New York, to see Lynyrd Skynyrd and supporting act Hank Williams Jr. perform. You might be surprised to see a Southern-rock band fill up a large outdoor venue in New York City, but iconic music like Skynyrd’s has no boundaries.

Lynyrd Skynyrd’s 90-minute set offered 14 classic songs, including crowd favorite “Simple Man”, which was paired up with a tear-jerking home video segment, as well as the rock staple “Sweet Home Alabama”.

Unlike most shows where people yell “Free Bird”, with Skynyrd, fans actually get to hear the set-closing classic, as the crowd sang along to every word and even managed to drown out singer Johnny Van Zant’s earth-rumbling voice.

Skynyrd demonstrated with Sunday night’s performance how they gained such a long-lasting appeal and managed to stick around for all of these years.

Photo Gallery – Lynyrd Skynyrd and Hank Williams Jr. at Forest Hills Stadium (click to enlarge and scroll through):

All photos by Kevin RC WIlson (@kevinwilsonnyc)

01. Workin’ for MCA
02. Skynyrd Nation
03. What’s Your Name
04. That Smell
05. I know a Little
06. The Needle and the Spoon.
07. Saturday Night Special
08. Tuesday’s Gone
09. Don’t Ask Me No Questions
10. Simple Man
11. Gimme Three Steps
12. Call Me the Breeze
13. Sweet Home Alabama

14. Free Bird