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Beyond the tragedy, history, raging guitars and killer songs, Lynyrd Skynyrd is a band that represents will, freedom, and creativity. They represent the survival of spirit; unbowed, uniquely American, and stubbornly resolute. The band is known for creating modern Southern rock. Skynyrd's greatest hits include "Sweet Home Alabama" and "Free Bird." Throughout their career, they've sold more than 28 million albums. Lynyrd Skynyrd tours include 2017 North American Tour, the 2016 North American Tour, the 2015 tour and their 2014 tour, which took them throughout the U.S. and around the world. In 2014, the band launched their 40th Anniversary Tour. Skynyrd's honors include an induction into the Waldorf Astoria Hotel and a Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 1973. The band was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010. Skynyrd's Billboard-topping songs include, "Sweet Home Alabama," which peaked at #8, "What's Your Name," which peaked at #13, "Free Bird," which peaked at #19, "Saturday Night Special," which peaked at #27, and "You Got That Right," which peaked at #69.

Lynyrd Skynyrd Background

Lynyrd Skynyrd was formed in 1964 by Ronnie Van Zant, Allen Collins, Bob Burns and Larry Junstrom. The band went through several names, including The Noble Five and One Percent. They eventually settled on Lynyrd Skynyrd, though, as a way to mock one of their physical education teachers, Leonard Skinner. In 1977, six people, including Ronnie Van Zant, Steve and Cassie Gaines, assistant road manager Dean Kilpatrick, and both the pilot and co-pilot, were killed in a plane crash outside of Gillsburg, Mississippi. While the crash happened just three days after Skynyrd released Street Survivors, which reached No. 5 on the U.S. charts, Skynyrd disbanded rapidly after the tragedy. The hiatus lasted from 1977-1987, although individual members of the band continued to play music throughout. In 1987, the band brought together five original members: Gary Rossington, Billy Powell, Leon Wilkeson Artimus Pyle, and Ed King. Johnny Van Zant, Ronnie's little brother, stepped in as the band's songwriter and lead singer. While the reunited band intended only to play a one-time tribute, they released several albums and launched out on a global tour in 2009. The band released their most recent album in 2012. Today, Lynyrd Skynyrd maintains social channels on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube, where followers can keep up with their tour schedule and events.