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On July 15, 1997, Lynyrd Skynyrd took to the stage in Pittsburgh for a one of a kind concert. Not only did the setlist contain some of Skynyrd’s most memorable hits, but the entire concert was recorded for a live album and VHS/DVD called Lyve from Steeltown.
The album contained two discs and 17 tracks, the last two of which were personal interviews with members of the band. On June 26, 2001, Lyve from Steeltown was certified Gold by the RIAA, and remains as one of the band’s most successful live albums to this date.
As to be expected, one of the songs Skynyrd included on their setlist for the concert was none other than their mega-hit, “Sweet Home Alabama.” The crowd went wild the second the band started playing those first few iconic notes, and they maintained that high level of energy throughout the whole song.
The band clearly felt the crowd’s energy and took it on themselves, as they ran around the stage and grooved along to the beat. Lead singer Johnny Van Zant kept motioning to his fellow bandmates and the crowd, encouraging them to keep that high level of energy going.
This performance is one of the best showcases of Skynyrd’s instrumental talent that we’ve ever seen. Between all of the guitar work, Billy Powell’s signature piano solo, and the long musical break at the end of the song, the instrumentals were out of this world.
Tune in below to watch Skynyrd perform “Sweet Home Alabama” live. Which part of the performance is your favorite?
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