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Back in 1973, a group by the name of Lynyrd Skynyrd made their debut with their first studio album (Pronounced ‘Lĕh-‘nérd ‘Skin-‘nérd). 30 years and many albums later, Skynyrd marked their anniversary by embarking on a celebratory tour. The Vicious Cycle Tour took Skynyrd all across the U.S., Canada, and Europe over the course of six years.
When they came to perform in Antioch, Tennessee on July 11, 2003, Skynyrd recorded the entire concert and later released it on two live CD’s and a DVD. Their setlist contained some of the group’s newer material along with plenty of their classic hits. One such song was “What’s Your Name,” which was included as the second song in their set.
“What’s Your Name” originally appeared on Skynyrd’s 1977 album Street Survivors, and was written by guitarist Gary Rossington and late lead singer Ronnie Van Zant. The song tells the real life story of a time that Skynyrd got kicked out of a hotel bar after one of their roadies got into a fight. After they left the bar, Skynyrd kept the party going by heading to another room where they popped open some champagne.
The crowd couldn’t keep in their seats as soon as Skynyrd started playing, and whenever the camera panned out to show them you could see them dancing along to the music. Everyone helped keep the fun vibe going with their energized attitudes, especially lead singer Johnny Van Zant, who kept gesturing out to the crowd to hype them up even more.
Skynyrd’s performance of “What’s Your Name” was also an instrumental showcase, with Billy Powell especially standing out on the piano. Johnny helped draw further attention to how much Billy was killing it on the piano when he jumped up on his platform and sang from there instead of center stage.
This performance captures Skynyrd’s raw energy perfectly, and is an absolute blast to watch. That’s why you should tune in to the video below to check it out!
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