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August 21, 1976 was a monumental day in Lynyrd Skynyrd‘s history. That day, they took to the stage for the first and final time at the Knebworth Festival in England. Although the headliner was the popular English rock band The Rolling Stones, Skynyrd was the band that no one could stop talking about after the festival was over.
Skynyrd’s Knebworth performance is considered as one of the best in their entire career. They picked the perfect songs to entertain the crowd with that day, including the rowdy classic “I Ain’t the One.”
“I Ain’t the One” was written by guitarist Gary Rossington and lead singer Ronnie Van Zant, and was featured as the first track on Skynyrd’s debut album (pronounced ‘Lĕh-‘nérd ‘Skin-‘nérd). The song is packed full of attitude, as the narrator tries to talk down a woman who he feels is holding him back, singing:
“That ain’t my idea of having fun
Got rings in your eyes lady
So won’t you pardon me
I think its time for me to move along
I do believe.”
During their Knebworth performance, Ronnie had the entire crowd in his hands the instant he opened his mouth to sing. He delivered an energized and fiery performance, as he growled through the notes in his signature style.
As if that wasn’t enough to drive the crowd wild, they absolutely lost it when the three guitarists, Gary Rossington, Allen Collins, and Steve Gaines charged to the front of the stage and started playing some of the most extraordinary guitar parts in the history of rock.
This is one performance you have to see for yourself, and you can in the video below. No wonder Skynyrd found themselves with a whole bunch of new fans in England after this!