Lynyrd Skynyrd is an American rock band that reached the height of fame in the 1970’s. Originally known as “The Noble Five”, the band suffered the tragedy of losing three members in a plane crash early on in their musical careers.
Over the years, Lynyrd Skynyrd has had a number of band members with founding member/keyboardist Billy Powell and longtime bassist Ean Evans passing away in 2011. Previously to this, they had lost Allen Collins, Leon Wilkeson and Hughie Thomasson. The current band is formed of core members Gary Rossington (guitar), Johnny Van Zant (vocals) and Rickey Medlocke (guitar), Mark Matejka (guitar) along with longtime drummer Michael Cartellone, and in addition Peter “Keys” Pisarczyk – Keyboards (joined 2009) and Robert Kearns (2011) on bass.
Their early albums Lynyrd Skynyrd (1973), Second Helping (1974) and Nuthin' Fancy (1975) all went platinum and the band built up their reputation initially touring with The Who. Lynyrd Skynyrd had a hit with “Sweet Home Alabama" reaching number 8 in the UK Singles Chart, “Freebird” proved extremely popular and was also used in the film "Freebird the Movie" in 1977.
In 2009 “Gods & Queens” became Lynyrd Skynyrds’ newest album and a tour followed across Europe and the USA.