Lynyrd Skynyrd was Reluctant to Bring Back Freebird on Comeback Tour

Johnny Van Zant recalled the struggle to perform the band's signature song “Free Bird” during their comeback tour, 10 years after the plane crash that devastated the lineup.

One thing he didn't want to try, however, was singing “Free Bird.” He believed it was Ronnie’s personal song and no one else should try to present it; so instead, the band played the music while the lead microphone was left alone at center stage.

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