Live Review and Photos by Danielle Boise
“Thank you for keeping Skynyrd alive all this time.” – Johnny Van Zant
The Southern Rock Revival rolled into Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre on Friday, Oct. 18, where Molly Hatchet and The Marshall Tucker Band opened for Lynyrd Skynyrd on the Atlanta stop for a night of classic, southern rock.
“Come on hell raisers, put your hands together. I want to see you put your stank on it.” – Phil McCormack
With great showmanship, Molly Hatchet started the night off right as they played their hits, which included “Fall of the Peacemakers” and “Flirtin’ With Disaster.”
“Music is supposed to be emotional.” – Doug Gray
The Marshall Tucker Band was up next and charmed the venue as they performed “Fire on the Mountain,” but it was truly a profound moment when they performed a cover of Shaky Graves’ “Georgia Moon” with such intensity, only made more evanescent by the full moon’s rise across the horizon.
“There is no crowd like a Georgia crowd.” – Johnny Van Zant
Lynyrd Skynyrd took the stage by storm in a very patriotic way, as they performed a 15-song set list, which included “Last of a Dyin’ Breed,” a JJ Cale cover of “Call Me the Breeze,” “What’s Your Name,” “Gimme Back My Bullets,” “Down South Jukin’,” “That Smell,” “You Got That Right,” “Saturday Night Special,” “I Know a Little,” “Simple Man,” “Mississippi Kid,” “Tuesday’s Gone,” “Gimme Three Steps” and ended the regular set with “Sweet Home Alabama.” Of course it would not be a Lynyrd Skynyrd show without ending the night on “Free Bird.”
“We live in the greatest country in the world. I believe that down to the bottom of my heart.” Johnny Van Zant
Full Photo Gallery of Molly Hatchet
Full Photo Gallery of Lynyrd Skynyrd