Lynyrd Skynyrd Talks Southern Rock and Why "Every Band Wishes They Had a 'Free Bird'"

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New Times: You've been doing this for a long time. So, this is still fun for you guys, right?

Rickey Medlocke: Yeah. You know, I always said the day I quit enjoying it was when I'd get out. I just turned 65 a week ago, and I'm still doing it. I look at other bands such as ourselves, like the Stones, AC/DC, and Aerosmith, and they are still out there touring and making new records, so why shouldn't we? We've got some new stuff on the horizon too.

Bands playing full albums in concert has become something of a big way to celebrate their greatest hits. Was somebody bugging Skynyrd to join the trend? Or was it something you guys wanted to try out?

We did this same concept one time for Sirius XM maybe ten years ago. We did Pronounced on its anniversary. Man, it turned out really well, so it's nothing we haven't done before, except the upcoming shows will be in front of a live audience and filmed, which is really cool. For me, it's a lot of fun to revisit great music, which we do every night live in the shows. We just don't usually do the albums in their entirety. It's usually random. You try to play the songs people want to hear and maybe experiment with some new songs or play songs from an album or two back and give a well-rounded show.

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