A Message From Gary

I wanted to clarify the discussion of the Confederate Flag in our recent CNN interview. Myself, the past members and the present members (that are from the South), are all extremely proud of our heritage and being from the South. We know what the Dixie flag represents and its heritage; the Civil War was fought over States rights.
We still utilize the Confederate (Rebel) flag on stage every night in our shows, we are and always will be a Southern American Rock band, first and foremost. We also utilize the state flag of Alabama and the American flag as well, ‘cause at the end of the day, we are all Americans. I only stated my opinion that the confederate flag, at times, was unfairly being used as a symbol by various hate groups, which is something that we don’t support the flag being used for. The Confederate flag means something more to us, Heritage not Hate…

-Gary Rossington

Posted by TheDuke in Site News September 21, 2012 5:03:00 PM UTC |

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ls-jimhart // September 26, 2012 5:57:48 PM UTC

I have loved Lynyrd Skynyrd for many years. Living in NY I have taken grief for the flag. Don't care. I have been to Ireland and North Carolina following the band. I see almost all their shows in the NY, Ct and NJ area. Love when Johnny starts by saying, "the south will rise again" and Sweet Home Alabama plays. Guys it just music and a celebration of the good parts of the southern lifestyle. Turn it up


MicGivens // September 26, 2012 3:04:33 PM UTC

@Walk In My Shadow: Yes, Heritage not Hate. But give the flag to the haters, NEVER! You are welcome to give them everything you have, but not me. Confederate heritage is American heritage. Yes the klan and other unworthy groups used the soldier's flag and I wish they had not and wish they would stop for the good of all. But their nonsense does not negate the valor and honour that the men who died under that flag deserve. You know as well as I do that the hate groups usually carry the US flag and the Christian cross. Have you given up on these symbols as well? I certainly hope not.


MicGivens // September 26, 2012 2:58:19 PM UTC

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shadowcomelately // September 25, 2012 3:49:07 PM UTC

=fb_greg_fannin said:We must read and study and question everything.

Deo vindice!


Audemus Jura Nostra Defendere

Lynyrd Skynyrd, you all may fish in my back yard anytime.

*Mr. Rossington, if you do not join my coven...I curse you to spend your days feasting on corn slathered in olive oil mayonnaise and green cheese.

Have a good day.


RPA // September 25, 2012 3:44:38 PM UTC

I'm very proud of that you have taken a stance on HATE - as a young girl who was a different color than everyone else, growing up people tried to make me feel like I was fake or something or made to feel weird for loving songs like Sweet Home Alabama, but why music speaks to our soul, white, black, purple yellow it doesn't matter, so thanks again and now I'm an official fan :)


scotee4u // September 25, 2012 3:03:51 AM UTC

It is understandable that you might try to be politically correct. Some time we must not be thin skinned. the majority of people have bigger problems than to cry because our feelings are hurt. There are to many people looking for a reason to be a victim. Rock On


Bernd // September 24, 2012 10:07:27 PM UTC

Many people feel the same here in GERMANY/Bavaria. What does it mean for a Bavarian to be a Bavarian? A Bavarian identified himself as a bavarian GERMAN person, not as a BAVARIAN only. That's the mistake between Bavaria and the rest of Germany. We live and love GERMANY but we never forget our roots and our ways in the south (here in Bavaria) of GERMANY. That's what we are. Anyway, we have to stay with this german federal law ;-) But we are proud to be bavarian GERMAN people.


fb_greg_fannin // September 24, 2012 8:47:47 PM UTC


I knew you wouldn't understand. We DO respect our ancestors and what they've done for us. If that's how you define 'worship', then so be it, but Southrons define 'worship' a bit differently than you seem to. These are NOT American values ... there are Southron values. By the way, the reason you missed those 'values' in your textbooks is simple. You learn values at home.


Walk In My Shadow // September 24, 2012 8:30:28 PM UTC

I was a fan on the ground in Duval County of LS from the late 60s on---The Forest Inn Days, Comic Book Club, that scene. First time I saw Allen Collins I thought HE was a yankee---crushed velvet sky-blue suit, MATCHING satin tennis shoes, below-shoulder-length hair, bolero hat, ruffled shirt---and a Gibson slung to his waist. Looking sharp, but i thought 'oh boy, bet the rednecks gonna be**** with this guy'. I didn't realize he was a fellow Duval countian. So, I was a northside boy in the late 60s, and my high school class(Ribault) PASSED on paying them $200 in 1970 for a dance, 'cause they were too radical in Duval teen circles. Think about that. In other words, unless you were hip enough to dig the Allmans & good blues-based rock in general, you just didn't appreciate Lynyrd Skynryd. You preferred seeing a Top-40 cover band such as Mouse & The Boys.

I only say the above to make a little claim of having some uh, 'over-view' in all this. Unfortunately(& come on, my fellow white southerners, less be honest), the image of the Confederate Battle Flag has been used by the worst of us to carry out a stone-racist agenda. TOO BAD that happened, but it did---hey, I can remember coming home from relatives at night in the 50s/early 60s, & seeing Klan rallies goin' on. So, we can't deny how the flag has been pimped for
that purpose.

I applaud Gary(LORD, he was the first great rhythm guitarist I ever saw close up, and let me tell you---as a teenager, he was hittin' the note!) for his remarks. I know it came from the heart, and not from the pocket book. I'm sure he realized how some would react, but from where I stand, those here complaining the most are the same types I thought would go off on a long haired rock-n roller in jacksonivlle FLA in 1968.

I think all of us do well to let our conscience be our guide, and Mr. Rossington has given an example. Hey, back then, we ALL knew there was a connection between white & black southerners through our music....heritage, not hate.

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