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Kid Rock Joins Lynyrd Skynyrd For Electrifying Performance

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Kid Rock's 2008 single "All Summer Long" was one of the biggest hits of the year in multiple countries around the world. Part of the reason for the song's immense popularity is because it has a similar sound to another mega rock hit, Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama." 

Record producer Mike E. Clark suggested that Rock consider creating a mashup with Skynyrd's hit song. As Rock and the other writers finished working on "All Summer Long", he made sure to mention "Sweet Home Alabama" in the chorus. 

But beyond that, Rock created a true mashup by using "Sweet Home Alabama's" guitar solo and piano outro for his track, along with a sample of Warren Zevon's "Werewolves Of London," which has a similar set of chords.

Rock's decision resulted in the creation of his biggest hit and most recognizable song to this date. "All Summer Long" peaked at the second spot on the US Billboard Hot 100, and topped the charts in Australia, Austria, Europe, Germany, Ireland, Switzerland, and the UK.

Prior to Rock's performance of the song at CBS Fashion Rocks, actress Hayden Panettiere introduced him and "All Summer Long," saying:

"Only one man in music today would have enough attitude, talent, and nerve to take two great songs and somehow create a third that speaks to rockers of all generations."

Following Panettiere's introduction, Rock took to the stage to perform "All Summer Long," and the crowd went wild, dancing and clapping along as he started singing.

But the crowd was in for a big surprise. Partway through his performance, Rock announced that he had some special guests to welcome to the stage, before he brought out none other than Johnny Van Zant, Rickey Medlocke, Billy Powell, and Gary Rossington of Lynyrd Skynyrd.

From there, the song transitioned seamlessly into "Sweet Home Alabama," with Van Zant and Rock taking turns singing by themselves before coming together.

The entire crowd was on their feet by the end of the performance, and once you watch it in the video below, you'll see why.

Over the years, Rock has toured with Lynyrd Skynyrd and even stepped in for Van Zant to sing the lead of "Sweet Home Alabama" at the Hurricane Katrina benefit concert in 2005.

We would love to see Rock collaborate with Lynyrd Skynyrd again in the future!

LYRICS BELOW

It was 1989, my thoughts were short my hair was long
Caught somewhere between a boy and man
She was seventeen and she was far from in-between
It was summertime in Northern Michigan
Ahh Ahh Ahh
Ahh Ahh Ahh

Splashing through the sand bar
Talking by the campfire
It's the simple things in life, like when and where
We didn't have no internet
But man I never will forget
The way the moonlight shined upon her hair

And we were trying different things
We were smoking funny things
Making love out by the lake to our favorite song
Sipping whiskey out the bottle, not thinking 'bout tomorrow
Singing Sweet home Alabama all summer long
Singing Sweet home Alabama all summer long

Catching Walleye from the dock
Watching the waves roll off the rocks
She'll forever hold a spot inside my soul
We'd blister in the sun
We couldn't wait for night to come
To hit that sand and play some rock and roll

While we were trying different things
And we were smoking funny things
Making love out by the lake to our favorite song
Sipping whiskey out the bottle, not thinking 'bout tomorrow
Singing Sweet Home Alabama all summer long
Singing Sweet Home Alabama all summer long

Now nothing seems as strange as when the leaves began to change
Or how we thought those days would never end
Sometimes I'll hear that song and I'll start to sing along
And think man I'd love to see that girl again

And we were trying different things
We were smoking funny things
Making love out by the lake to our favorite song
Sipping whiskey out the bottle, not thinking 'bout tomorrow
Singing Sweet home Alabama all summer long
Singing Sweet home Alabama all summer long
And we were trying different things
We were smoking funny things
Making love out by the lake to our favorite song
Sipping whiskey out the bottle, not thinking 'bout tomorrow
Singing Sweet home Alabama all summer long
Singing Sweet home Alabama all summer long

Singing Sweet Home Alabama all summer long
Singing Sweet Home Alabama all summer long
Singing Sweet Home Alabama all summer long
Singing Sweet Home Alabama all summer long
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