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Nzoner
01-28-2009, 06:51 PM
:(

Another member of Skynyrd flies on (http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20090128/people_nm/us_skynyrd)

NEW YORK (Billboard) Lynyrd Skynyrd keyboardist Billy Powell died Wednesday morning (January 28) at his home in Orange Park, Fla. He was 56.
According to the Associated Press, Powell called 911 around 12:55 a.m., saying he was having trouble breathing. Rescue crews arrived at the home, but Powell was pronounced dead just before 2 a.m.


Orange Park Police Lt. Mark Cornett told the AP that Powell had missed an appointment yesterday for a cardiac evaluation.


Powell, whose fluid piano runs spiced such classic Skynyrd songs as "Freebird," "Call Me the Breeze" and "Sweet Home Alabama," and founding guitarist Gary Rossington were the only two original members of the Southern rock band to survive the 1977 plane crash that killed singer Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines and backup vocalist Cassie Gaines.


Since then, guitarist Allen Collins and bassist Leon Wilkeson have also died; former drummer Artimus Pyle survived the crash but no longer tours with the band, which re-formed in 1987 and still is a powerful concert draw.
Skynyrd lore has it that Powell, a former roadie for the band in its earliest incarnations, was asked to join by Van Zant when the latter heard Powell's keyboard take on "Freebird."


According to the band's publicist, as-yet-unspecified shows will be canceled as a result of Powell's death. Skynyrd was slated to perform Friday (January 30) in Kinder, La., and the following day in Biloxi, Miss. A European tour was set to begin May 20 in Finland.

Brock
01-28-2009, 06:53 PM
Wow. Wow.

Please, you guys, put the Skynyrd name away for good.

KcMizzou
01-28-2009, 06:57 PM
Damn... that sucks.

(From your thread title, I assumed it was going to be Billy Gibbons.)

theorangelion
01-28-2009, 06:58 PM
Free Bird!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Johnny Vegas
01-28-2009, 06:58 PM
I thought it was Billy Gibbons for a sec. RIP

Nzoner
01-28-2009, 06:59 PM
Tribute video up on YouTube already

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Nzoner
01-28-2009, 07:05 PM
Damn... that sucks.

(From your thread title, I assumed it was going to be Billy Gibbons.)

Had it been The Reverend my thread title would've been much more specific and I'd be in serious mourning.

Frazod
01-28-2009, 07:06 PM
RIP. Skynard put on one of the best shows I've ever seen live.

Over-Head
01-28-2009, 07:10 PM
(bic lighter burning brightly)
FREEBIRDDDDDDDDDDD

Demonpenz
01-29-2009, 09:41 AM
If it was billy gibbons I would have taken off a day of work and grabbed a handle of wild turkey. It's hard to get someone to play keys for you, and harder to get someone to be really good at it. Most guys I know can play it just because they play guitar and know where blues scales and chords are on the keys. I like the keyboards in Frakenstien edgar winters baby!

Darth CarlSatan
01-29-2009, 09:48 AM
I have a friend back in KC who lived down the street from those guys in Florida, way back in the day.

Demonpenz
01-29-2009, 09:49 AM
I know what nursing home you are talking about!

Rain Man
01-29-2009, 10:25 AM
I've got a Skynyrd CD, and it's always bugged me that I don't know who is who. The pictures aren't labeled. Who is who in this picture?

http://www.gruprock.com/images/biography/LynyrdSkynyrd.jpg

Brock
01-29-2009, 10:29 AM
I've got a Skynyrd CD, and it's always bugged me that I don't know who is who. The pictures aren't labeled. Who is who in this picture?

http://www.gruprock.com/images/biography/LynyrdSkynyrd.jpg

l-r Leon Wilkerson, Allen Collins, Ronnie Van Zant, Gary Rossington, Steve Gaines, Billy Powell, and in back with the crazy wild man look is Artimus Pyle.

Only 2 of those guys are still alive.

chiefscafan
01-29-2009, 10:45 AM
"If I leave here tomorrow would you still remember me"

We sure will billy god wanted to hear free bird he's taken most of the band it's gonna be a fun old good time in heaven today:)

Demonpenz
01-29-2009, 10:51 AM
God's more of a molly hatchet fan anyways

Darth CarlSatan
01-29-2009, 10:59 AM
God's more of a molly hatchet fan anyways

LMAO

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Chief Henry
01-29-2009, 11:31 AM
"gimme back my bullets"

Rain Man
01-29-2009, 02:59 PM
l-r Leon Wilkerson, Allen Collins, Ronnie Van Zant, Gary Rossington, Steve Gaines, Billy Powell, and in back with the crazy wild man look is Artimus Pyle.

Only 2 of those guys are still alive.

Ah. Thanks. Did you know that, or did you have to look it up?

I always kind of liked the look of the wild man guy.

Brock
01-29-2009, 03:12 PM
Ah. Thanks. Did you know that, or did you have to look it up?

I always kind of liked the look of the wild man guy.

No, I was a big Skynyrd fan in junior high.

Smed1065
01-29-2009, 03:16 PM
RIP. Skynard put on one of the best shows I've ever seen live.

This. The last time I saw them was about 2 years ago.