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Anyone who knows anything at all about Lynyrd Skynyrd knows that they are a guitar-heavy band. Recognized worldwide for their triple guitar attack, Skynyrd is responsible for bringing us some of the greatest guitar parts in all of rock history.
Skynyrd’s love for all things guitar was put on full display in a track they included on their 1997 album, Twenty. Called “Berneice,” the song was written by Rickey Medlocke, Gary Rossington, Dennis E. Sumner, Hughie Thomasson, and Johnny Van Zant.
From reading the title alone, “Berneice” certainly doesn’t sound like a song about a hard-rockin’ guitar. But true Skynyrd fans were able to make the connection right away.
“Berneice” is a name that has close ties to Gary, and in more ways than one. His beloved mother was named Berneice, and he later named his 1959 Les Paul guitar after her.
The song itself focuses on the guitar “Berneice,” telling the story about how a young boy fell in love with playing guitar. The boy takes Berneice with him all the way to rock and roll superstardom, thanking his fans for always being there along the ride:
“Remember where we came from we can do it all again.
So thanks to all you people, give yourselves a hand.”
It’s a rare thing to find a clip of Skynyrd performing “Berneice” live, but we managed to dig one up. As part of their Lyve from Steel Town concert, Skynyrd performed the track and tore down the house in the process.
If you love watching Skynyrd’s guitarists shred it like it’s no tomorrow, then this is the performance for you. Plus, Johnny delivers some roaring vocals that make the whole thing a complete package.
Tune in below to check out this once-in-a-lifetime performance of “Berneice.” This is Skynyrd doing what they do best!
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