When asked about people shouting for “Free Bird” in the concerts, he said:
“It really happens at our shows a lot of times. People would go, like, ‘Free Bird!’, and we’re, like, ‘Okay, we’ll get to that.’…
“And to think that the record company didn’t want Skynyrd to do it. They said it’s too long. ‘It’ll never go, we shortened it to a three-minute version.'”
About performing the classic live, he said:
“We created this one thing in ‘Free Bird’ that, to me, is probably the most special moment of the whole show. Johnny brings out [his late brother and original Skynyrd singer] Ronnie’s hat, the black one, and puts it on top of the microphone stand, and the whole third verse and chorus is Ronnie on the screen singing with the band.
“And I’ll tell you, I’ve seen grown men in the audience weeping. It’s a very powerful thing and to be standing there, Gary [Rossington, guitar] and I are standing right at the microphone stand with the lights on it.
“I’ve got pictures from it and I’ve got a special one up in my house already where you can see Gary and I looking at each other with the hat right there, and with the lights down on it, and it’s almost religious to me. It’s a very special moment. I get chills from it every night.”
About when the Farewell tour will end, the guitarist replied:
“You know what? When you say – I’ve said it myself, like, ‘God, they’re still on their farewell tour?’. When you do, like, 50-60 shows a year, you don’t cover a lot of ground.
“And when we started this out – we started, what, in 2018 in West Palm Beach, and we said, ‘Hey, we want to hit every place we’ve ever played and every place we didn’t play before we say goodbye.’
“So we’re gonna be playing some next year too, maybe we want to go say goodbye to all of our fans. You know what? We’re looking at probably the end of next year [to conclude the tour] but, like, this year I think we did 50-60 shows, something like that.
“We went to Europe this year, and before we left Europe people were going, ‘You didn’t come to France, you didn’t come to Finland, you didn’t come to Denmark,’ but we recorded this last show, down at Jacksonville where the Jaggs play at, it was a great day, we had a bunch of our friends Charlie Daniels, Kid Rock, sixteen cameras in 4K.”
Next Lynyrd Skynyrd tour dates
- 30 Nov HARD ROCK LIVE Hollywood, FL
- 31 Dec NHL WINTER CLASSIC NEW YEAR’S EVE KICKOFF CONCERT Dallas, TX
No 2020 tour dates were announced yet.