After about ten years of hiatus, Lynyrd Skynyrd reformed in 1987 for a reunion tour with Johnny Van Zant, the late Ronnie Van Zant’s younger brother, as the lead singer.
The reunited band was intended to be a one-time tribute to the original members with the double album Southern By The Grace of God: Lynyrd Skynyrd Tribute Tour 1987. Due to the success, the band continued to tour and record new music with the younger Van Zant now serving as the main songwriter.
One of the tour staples, to this day, is the song “Gimme Back My Bullets” and Johnny introduced it to the excited crowd by saying, “We’d like to unleash the bullets on you.”
Thanks to Gary Rossington’s face melting guitar solo, the song quickly became a classic, again, among the fans. At one point, he even plays with his teeth!
“Gimme Back My Bullets” was included on Skynyrd’s fourth studio album of the same name. The album was originally titled Ain’t No Dowd About It, in tribute to Tom Dowd, a producer the band idolized.
Watch the 1987 lineup of Lynyrd Skynyrd perform “Gimme Back My Bullets” below.