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On March 13, 2006, Lynyrd Skynyrd received one of the highest honors any rock band could dream of…they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The Hall of Fame first announced the plans for Skynyrd’s induction in November of the previous year, revealing that the inductees would include Ronnie Van Zant, Allen Collins, Gary Rossington, Ed King, Steve Gaines, Billy Powell, Leon Wilkeson, Bob Burns, and Artimus Pyle.
The new Skynyrd lineup, including lead singer Johnny Van Zant, attended the ceremony, which took place at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Manhattan.
In celebration of their induction, the band played two of their most popular songs, “Free Bird” and “Sweet Home Alabama.”
For their performance of “Sweet Home Alabama,” Skynyrd was joined by the multi-talented Kid Rock, who also inducted the group into the Hall of Fame. He’s since performed the song with the band many times, and even sampled it in his mega-hit single from 2008 titled “All Summer Long.”
The crowd went wild as soon as the band played those unmistakable opening notes. Many people even got up and danced around in their seats.
Johnny and Kid Rock took turns singing the lead, though there were times when the two of them would start rocking out together. Overall, the whole performance was one big celebration, and you could tell everyone in the room was having a blast.
Skynyrd’s performance of “Sweet Home Alabama” at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame proves exactly why they deserve a spot in it. You can tune in to the video below to see the performance.
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