Lynyrd Skynyrd - Freebird - 7/2/1977 - Oakland Coliseum Stadium (Official)
Lynyrd Skynyrd Freebird 1977 Oakland Coliseum Stadium

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Lynyrd Skynyrd - Freebird Recorded Live: 7/2/1977 - Oakland Coliseum Stadium - Oakland, CA More Lynyrd Skynyrd at Music Vault: Subscribe to Music Vault on YouTube: Personnel: Ronnie Van Zant - vocals Allen Collins - guitar Gary Rossington - guitar Steve Gaines - guitar Artimus Pyle - drums Leon Wilkeson - bass Billy Powell - piano Cassie Gaines - vocals Jo Billingsley - vocals Leslie Hawkins - vocals Summary: Just three and a half months before the fateful plane crash that killed Skynyrd members Steve Gaines, his sister, backing vocalist Cassie Gaines (of the Honkettes), and lead vocalist Ronnie Van Zandt, Lynyrd Skynyrd played this 4th of July weekend program in Oakland. While this is only a partial recording of the show, two of the three songs are probably the ones you would skip to anyway: "Sweet Home Alabama" and the legendary closing track that has inspired legions of concert-going yokels to make millions of ironic requests over the years, "Free Bird." The first track is an excerpt of a standard Skynyrd live show cover, Jimmie Rodgers' "T for Texas" The guys take six minutes to stretch their legs on this version of "Sweet Home Alabama." The song had been released three years prior as a response song to the Neil Young numbers "Southern Man" and "Alabama," which were both critical of southern politics. Ironically, by some reports, Van Zant was wearing a Neil Young t-shirt at the time of this performance. The show is closed with "Free Bird," which by many fans' estimations is only rivaled by Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" as the most epic closing song in rock history. Allen Collins handles most of the five-minute solo, while Gary Rossington plays the "bird-chirp" guitar parts, which are not on the original recording, as well as the slide work on the opening riffs. Billy Powell also plays a masterful piano solo that is unique to the live show. While Lynyrd Skynyrd would release the multi-platinum Street Survivors in October of 1977, the band's structure would be fundamentally devastated by the crash of their private Convair 240 that took the lives of three members, as well as the pilots and assistant road manager Dean Kilpatrick, and terribly injured every other member, except for Honkette, JoJo Billingsley, who was at home with her children and had reportedly begged the band to quit using the plane after dreaming of such a crash. From the ashes of this Skynyrd incarnation, Van Zant's younger brother, Johnny, stepped in and made Lynyrd Skynyrd a popular band once more when they reformed in 1987. Lynyrd Skynyrd is planning to release an unearthed recording of pre-plane crash Skynyrd in 2009.


Beach Life : Girls were so natural back then....I miss that

matt vargas : Not a cellphone in sight Everyone just living in the moment. What a time to be alive

Joan Ridgeway : Confederate flag meant they was southern rock. That's it. Nothing to do with racism ever.

Jerry McAlister : I love the fact that a Confederate flag waved in used to mean something else. Lost history

Gerri Skeen : I was there that day!!

zynjan : forget that queen movie , they need to make the LYNYRD SKYNYRD movie .

Johnny MF Bravo : To think that all the people in the crowd are now 55 to 70 years old. Wow!

mikemichaelmusic09 : That's some serious guitar playing

panzermatt : you may think you're cool, but you'll NEVER be as cool as that bass palyer. ever..

Ron Swanson : This video makes me nostalgic for a decade I didn’t even live in

kaila62kaila : somebody broke the spirit of this nation...we lost something folks

conan howard : back when most girls were beautiful and did not look like fat sows

KingBobCat : Normally I don't like videos that show the crowd instead of the band jamming, but this one is different... The crowd adds so much to the concert! Also, it reminds me of what me and my friends looked like in 1977... And what a blast it was to see original bands like this in concert, in their prime! :)

Philip Wurm : This is just incredible! When they go in with all barrels blazing, 3 guitars deep it is insanity!!!! Much respect for those southern boys!!!!!

PAMAROSHOUSE : 70s chicks are hot

bcmpayne : Thank you our American cousins for Lynyrd Skynyrd so glad I was around in the 70s. (UK)

Fifth Horseman : Short shorts and great weed. The 70's were fabulous.

Ricardo Roman : One of the best performances I have ever seen. Unbelievable

tobortine : I'll always be grateful that I was a teenager in the 70s. What a time to be alive.

Your Friendly Neighborhood Smark : 6:46 I spot a black dude. Glad to know I'm not the only black guy to ever listen to lynyrd skynyrd

Significant Otter : nothing will ever beat that guitar solo. Ever. What a glorious time this was, for music and for how simple it all was, surrounding it. Goosebumps all the way. Fantastic.

Mike : Every girl in that crowd is hot AF!!!😍😍😍

Warren Floyd : every time i see this video i cry, i miss Ronnie and the FREEBIRDS, i wsa 14 when this happend, fly on freebirds!!!

sparky neely : I just do not know what to say except live your life as a free bird my friends.

Nobith Thanksy : Makes me realize how much the world sucks now compared to then.

Steve Sandwich Productions : The sexiest girls in human history were American girls in the 1970's.

The Last Rebel Show : I was at this show, believe it or not Skynyrd was not Top Bill that day Peter Framton was as his Framton comes alive album had just came out and was huge. Most of those young girls in the audience are there to see Framton . But skynard was in their prime too, unfortunately the plane went down not long after their show. It’s was a great concert . I think Santana and the outlaws were there that day too. I was 16 I’m 58 now and still a Skynyrd Fan. 🀘πŸ”₯🀘

Rat5alad : we are very far away from this kind of spirit


PARCPROD : 9:36 to 9:42 Even Jesus Himself is in a trance.


John Underwood : God forbid you have that flag hanging now!! I think they are proud southern boys!! Stars n bars love it!!!

Mr whippet : Fking hell...this has got to be the best live footage of this song. So pure and unedited and you get a sense of what it might have been like.. Had the priveledge of seeing them twice. What a band!

Leroy DSouza : When cars were metal and men were men. - Scotty Kilmer

Peter Green : Oh my holy Lord. Great song and a stadium full of beautiful young ladies without any tattoos or piercings. Happy times.

Hullabaloser : Holy Crap!! They make any modern day band sound like Donnie and Marie...

stonewall73448 : 4:15 A snapshot of American womanhood circa 1977....gone forever.

Data Glasses : Those 70's chicks look hot!

Johannes : Can we talk about how impressive the audio and video quality is for something that was recorded 40 years ago?

jodopeg : Ah memories. .. wasn't there in California... but was at the Hollywood Sportatorium LS show in what is now Pembroke pines , FL in 1977... my first concert.. I was just 16 I was suppost to go see Elvis Presley there earlier in 1977, but my parents wouldn't let me go, but I had a car by the time Lynyrd Skynyrd played there, I took two friends and one girl with me... we all purchased our tickets at the window at Spec's music on 163 street in N. Miami Beach, and I drove everyone to the concert. I banged the girl and so did one of my friends from High School,, good memories.. !

Phoenix Typewriter : 1977 , I was 16 !! This is a double barrel dose of 1977 , halter tops, real rock, peace, California Sunshine = WOW

Chris Smith : I saw them the very next day in Tulsa at Willy Nelson's 3rd of July Picnic at the Tulsa County Fairgrounds Speedway.

Michi Harada : Confederate flag meant they was southern rock. That's it. Nothing to do with racism ever. Every girl in that crowd is hot AF!!!😍😍😍

1960HikerDude : Just think - All those cute chicks are in their late 50's or early 60's now. I'm an old fuck myself, just turned 55. Those where the days. Loved Skynyd back then. Love them now. Great band

Second Coming : God bless the authentic flag, and god bless The South,

Failure Is Not An Option : I miss these days SO much! People were friendly and free. It's awful now. It seemed like there was a lot of love everywhere then. What happened?β€πŸ™β€

SirQL8 : lynyrd skynyrd, zeppelin, pink floyd, houston tx 1977-78....i thought the good music would never wrong i was.

Maximus Meridius : Ronnie was wearing a Neil Young shirt. LOL.

Ronald Scott : Back when girls still loved rock-n-roll.