Photo Credits: Jessica McKeown
Big wheels kept on turnin' through Allentown for Lynyrd Skynyrd's tour stop at PPL Center on September 30th. After several prior Allentown date cancellations, the band made it to their destination with support Six Gun Sally and Don Felder (of Eagles fame) following right behind them.
SIX GUN SALLY
Six Gun Sally took the stage and eased the crowd in with several amazing and familiar covers, one of them being vocalist Lori Bernish adding her own flair and power to The Animals' hit track "House of the Rising Sun". The group also brought out "American Idol" alumni and southern rocker Bo Bice out for a couple songs from The Allman Brothers Band ("Ramblin' Man" and "Whipping Post"). Their performance was solid and fun to watch.
Eagles legend Don Felder and his band treated the audience to a plethora of Eagles classics most loved and enjoyed. However, they also were not afraid to throw in a few originals and a cover of their own performing Jack Tempchin's "Already Gone". Felder had the floor, covered in seats, looking more like a general admission pit as fans made their way to the barricade to dance, sing, and laugh. Their set carried a lot of joy for what they do as well as nostalgia for the people who love the music.
Time to throw out the obvious; it will never be the Lynyrd Skynyrd of the 70's, nor should people expect it to be. With that said, Skynyrd's set was packed full of a mixture of hits (of course including "Free Bird") and tracks only true fans of the band would know. They managed to get an audience member who is not incredibly familiar with their discography really into their set and jamming with everyone else. While the lineup is completely different, what counts is how much the artists enjoy each other and their craft. You could see how happy the group was to keep the legacy alive and well to this day, and it was infectious.