It was so weird because some of them thought that maybe I had something to do with it, but I had nothing to do with it. He was catapulted at about 80 mph into a tree. Johnny started giving public performances in the early 70s at te young age of 15, with his first musical group —The Austin Nickels Band which featured Robbie Gay as the guitarist and Ribbue Morris as drummer. He was the sort of guy that pulled himself up by his bootstraps. Question: Why did you choose to add more dates to your farewell tour? I knew he had some health troubles, but God rest his soul.
At the height of their fame, on October 20, 1977, their chartered plane crashed. Finally, late that afternoon Allen called me back. Ronnie was killed along with band members Steve Gaines and his sister Cassie. At this point he quit singing for a few years and then in 1987, when the Lynyrd Skynyrd band reunited, he became its lead vocalist. Where as some trusting fans believed the post, others were immediately skeptical of the report, perhaps learning their lesson from the huge amount of fake death reports emerging about celebrities over recent months. In the beginning, Johnny wanted to become a drummer for his band, but constantly encouraged him to become a singer instead.
In accordance with his doctor's strict orders and due to health issues related to inner-ear nerve damage, he will not be able to join 38 Special onstage in the foreseeable future. The Johnny Van Zant Band videos. Sure, we have doctors and lawyers as fans, but a lot of our fans are the common people of America and I think that's pretty cool. They all looked at Lacy through stitches and swelling and he told me not to say anything about Ronnie. Or a modern day ghost story.
I had to find out who was where and we had to get to the funeral home to identify the body. When i became a journalist i knew i wanted to write about my passions. He is the middle of three sons of a truck driver. Everyone felt safe with him. They were naturally a bit crazy in various ways and all that meeting with The Who did was light the fuse.
Ronnie attended Lee High School in Jacksonville with fellow band members Gary Rossington and Allen Collins. That led me to believe that Ronnie may have known that he did not have long to live. We just wanted the story to be told right. Chris Charlesworth was due to travel with the band on that ill-starred night of October 20, 1977. They soon formed what would become Lynyrd Skynyrd. There was not another scratch on him, except a small bruise the size of a quarter at his temple.
He was the oldest son of six children 3 sisters and 2 brothers - musicians Donnie and Johnny. Had he been older and wiser, he says, he never would have climbed those rickety steel stairs. Van Zant: We're over fighting. That anthem-turned-albatross began life as a wistful love song about a man who was trying to extricate himself from a claustrophobic relationship. He was older than both Allen and Gary. He also records and performs with his brother, Donnie, as since 1998.
Before 10 minutes had passed, Gary Rossington had joined Van Zant at the bottom of a bloody heap and the singer suffered facial injuries that required he wear sunglasses onstage. But before that, he went up to Honkette Jo Jo Billingsley, and did something that unnerved her. So they put up a temporary crypt. I was touring with them quite a bit in Europe and I felt this was a band that could have gone all the way.
He is a diehard fan of the Jacksonville Jaguars and his video specially recorded as a tribute to his favorite team is played every time they have a home match. Three decades later, his near miss still chills him. However, he renamed it later as the Johnny Van Zant Band. Accusations of sexual and spousal abuse… It seems that some terrible curse was determined to lay its claim on the surviving members. Southern rock had started lose its momentum couple years earlier and the album got little notice. In May 2006, less than one day before he was to perform at 107.
That's the way I felt about it. Then of course, there was the lyrics to That Smell, one of the last songs Van Zant wrote for Street Survivors. But you better be right. His health is good now and he wants to go in and start recording a few tracks here and there. In 1987 he joined the re-born Lynyrd Skynyrd as lead singer, but had a brief reunion with his old band members Eric Lundgren and Robert Morris to record one more album, Brickyard Road, in 1990.