Harley-Davidson's 110th Anniversary Celebration kicked off yesterday, Aug. 29, when an eclectic group of musical talent came to perform at the Henry Maier festival grounds (http://110.harley-davidson.com/en_US/events/milwaukee2013). One of the biggest names on the grounds stages was legendary Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd. The band played on the Harley-Davidson Roadhouse stage from 4:15-5:30 p.m. for a crowd of diehard biker fans.
Famous for rock hits "Sweet Home Alabama" and "Free Bird", Lynyrd Skynyrd played new material from their latest album "Last of a Dyin' Breed" as well as their popular hits. Although this was still a relatively early show and the general public wasn't admitted to the fairgrounds until halfway through the concert, there was a large turnout with many people needing to stand besides the bleachers.
Skynny's in the house!
Lead singer Johnny Van Zant commented that they weren't used to playing during the daytime, but the enthusiastic, dancing crowd showed as much excitement as those who might have been a few beers in later in the evening. Van Zant also dedicated several songs to their diehard fans who have been with them for the past 40+ years.
The end of their set resulted in hundreds of Lynyrd Skynyrd fans calling for one more song, chanting "Free Bird", and making a bird symbol with their hands in the air. The band did end up returning to play their infamous hit lasting over ten minutes, ending in an incredible electric guitar solo.
For more information on Lynyrd Skynyrd, visit http://www.lynyrdskynyrd.com/. For more information on the Harley-Davidson 110th Anniversary Celebration, please visit http://110.harley-davidson.com/en_US/events/milwaukee2013.
Last of a Dyin' Breed
Call Me the Breeze
You Got that Right
Saturday Night Special
I Know a Little
Gimme Three Steps
Sweet Home Alabama