February 4, 2015 – 3:16 pm

ED KING R.I.P. 1946 - 2018

Ed King, the Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist who joined the band in 1972 to give the Southern rock group its iconic three-guitar sound, died August 22 in Nashville. He was 68. A cause of death was not specified, though King had been battling lung cancer and had recently been hospitalized for the disease. A message on King’s Facebook confirmed his death: “It is with great sorrow we announce the passing of Ed King who died at his home in Nashville, Tennessee on August 22, 2018. We thank his many friends and fans for their love and support of Ed during his life and career.” A California native, King was a founding member of the psychedelic ’60s band Strawberry Alarm Clock, known for their hit “Incense and Peppermints.” King played on the band’s first three albums: 1973’s (Pronounced Leh-nerd Skin-nerd), 1974’s Second Helping and 1975’s Nuthin’ Fancy. He most famously co-wrote Second Helping’s “Sweet Home Alabama”, that’s him counting off “1, 2, 3″ in the song’s intro, which, along with “Free Bird,” has become synonymous with the group.

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Live at the Sportshalle, Hamburg, Germany; February 15, 1992. Very good to excellent soundboard.

Southern rock never had a finer spokesman than the Lynyrd Skynyrd band. - Nocaster

Thanks to ercipolla44 for sharing the show at Dime.

However, as guyvickers pointed out at Dime, the actual date/venue is February 15, 1992; Hamburg, Germany. You can hear Johnny Van Zant make reference to Germany at several points in the show. The bootleg cover (as was common) is simply wrong.

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Rob Hughes,

“We were kinda rebels,” says Gary Rossington (guitarist and sole survivor of the original Lynyrd Skynyrd lineup. “From the wrong side of the tracks. Down where we were raised, it was a tough town. [Fellow founder] Allen Collins, Ronnie [Van Zant] and myself had this dream to be a big rock’n’roll band. We had fire in our eyes. And we vowed never to quit until we made it”…

“We just went out with guns ablaze,” explains keyboardist Billy Powell. “We wanted to blow the doors off. In some places, Skynyrd went down better than The Who. We were drinking and acting crazy, tearing up dressing rooms”…

Van Zant was the undisputed leader of the band. But there was a dark side to his presidency. “Ronnie would give the shirt off his back for anyone,” recalls Powell. “But he could also get pretty damn mean when he was drinking - the Jekyll & Hyde syndrome. I remember arguing with him once, after a few whiskeys, about Allen Collins’ volume and tuning up onstage. Next thing I know, I got my teeth knocked out. That’s how he led the band. But at the same time, if there was trouble from outside, he’d fight for us. He went to jail for us a few times. And when it came down to business, he was always right. We could always trust him”…

Rossington learnt to roll with the punches, too. Touring Hamburg’s notorious Reeperbahn, they got drunk on Schnapps. “Somehow, a bottle got broke and I ended up with slashes across my hands and wrists. But the next day, we were the best of friends again. That’s how it was, like a family”…

October 20, 1977. A fatal miscalculation of fuel, allied to an already spasmodic right engine, led to Skynyrd’s Convair 240 plummeting into a wooded Mississippi swamp. Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines, road manager Dean Kilpatrick and Gaines’ sister Cassie were all killed instantly, as were both pilots…

Indeed, the disaster has haunted the survivors down the decades. In January 1986, guitarist Allen Collins crashed his car in Jacksonville, killing his girlfriend and paralysing himself from the waist down. He pled no contest to a drink-drive manslaughter charge. Four years later, after prolonged alcohol abuse, he died of pneumonia. Bassist Leon Wilkeson was jailed for beating up his girlfriend in 1993. He died in a Florida hotel room in 2001, after years of toxic indulgence. In 1992, drummer Artimus Pyle was arrested on charges of sexually assaulting a four-year-old girl, although he was later cleared. The following year, however, he was given eight years’ probation for molesting two sisters after pleading guilty to attempted capital battery and lewd and lascivious assault. In September ’96, Powell was charged with domestic violence after allegedly attacking his wife at their Jacksonville home. He, too, was cleared.

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Disc 1
Track 101. Smokestack Lightning 4:24 (7.4MB)
Track 102. I Know A Little 4:06 (6.9MB)
Track 103. Saturday Night Special 4:51 (8.1MB)
Track 104. You Got That Right 4:13 (7.1MB)
Track 105. What’s Your Name 3:47 (6.4MB)
Track 106. Keeping The Faith 5:34 (9.3MB)
Track 107. Good Thing 5:54 (9.9MB)
Track 108. Simple Man 7:59 (13.4MB)
Track 109. The Ballad of Curtis Loew [Write Me A Song] 5:21 (9.0MB)
Track 110. I’ve Seen Enough 4:50 (8.1MB)
51 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. That Smell 6:04 (10.2MB)
Track 202. Gimme Three Steps 6:01 (10.1MB)
Track 203. Call The Breeze 15:29 (26.0MB)
Track 204. Backstreet Crawler 7:31 (12.6MB)
Track 205. Sweet Home Alabama 7:04 (11.9MB)
Track 206. Free Bird 14:26 (24.3MB)
57 mins

Gary Rossington - guitar
Ed King - guitar
Randan Hall - guitar
Leon Wilkerson - bass
Billy Powell - keyboards
Artimus Pyle - drums. percussion
Johnny Van Zant - vocals
Dale Krantz Rossington - background vocals
Carol Bristow - background vocals

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  1. 22 Responses to “LYNYRD SKYNYRD - HAMBURG 1992”

  2. Creedence without John Fogerty, ELO without Jeff Lynne, Queen without Freddie Mercury. You get the idea…

    By Ernie Clark on Feb 4, 2015


    THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    By john on Feb 4, 2015

  4. Saw this lineup play Philadelphia Spectrum on their first reunion tour in 1987. Loudest crowd I ever heard and Ed King was literally five aisles down from me talking to the fans before the show. The mythology gets a bit much, but these guys could play.

    By Tony on Feb 4, 2015

  5. one correction: leon wilkerson and billy powell were also in the original lineup with gary rossington.

    i saw them on tour a few months before the plane crash, great band and great songwriters. Ernie Clark is right, ronnie van zant was irreplaceable. i havent paid any attention to the new band but ill check out this show. thanks bigO.

    By barth on Feb 4, 2015

  6. Meh. Saw them in upstate NY. Band was okay, but the audience was a bunch of redneck a-holes. No place for the stars and bars above the Mason-Dixon line. Little Feat opened for them, and was the much better band.

    By Crawdad on Feb 4, 2015

  7. seldom have gone to a concert and rated the audience.

    By sluggo on Feb 5, 2015

  8. It’s an art. (though you’ll note that I did rate the band as well.)

    By Crawdad on Feb 5, 2015

  9. I normally choose to ignore the usual crop of nay-sayers on these posts - especially the mindless bickering with Darth - but in this case I can’t let it go. I’ve seen Skynyrd 3 times since the crash. The best one was in 1991 in Bakersfield, California. I was right upfront center stage and the sound was POWERFUL - surrounded by guitars! A friend of mine who didn’t know that much about them and who I convinced to go was blown away. I do agree that Ronnie is irreplaceable but - THESE GUYS SUFFERED A FRICKIN PLANE CRASH FOR GOD’S SAKE! It wasn’t Ronnie’s idea to get killed. I’m in a business that on occasion sees the horrible aftermath of plane crashes up close. So the fact that these guys are able to pick up and carry on AT ALL after having practically every bone in their bodies broken is AMAZING. That night in Bakersfield I, too, was blown away.Can’t go wrong with 3 guitars. And Johnny does a commendable job of singing his brother’s songs. Bless these guys for their will to carry on. That’s it.

    By Daniel Kershner on Feb 5, 2015

  10. “…especially the mindless bickering Darth “.

    I think this is what you meant to say.

    By sluggo on Feb 5, 2015

  11. South’s gonna rise again. Hope not.

    By Elena Maughan on Feb 6, 2015

  12. i think Molly Hatchet is a better southern band.

    By evil blizzard on Feb 6, 2015

  13. darth how do we feel about skynyrd?

    By gold medal on Feb 7, 2015

  14. we love skynyrd mr medal d`or

    By gold darth on Feb 7, 2015

  15. Rossington and King did the songs justice. It’s been okay with Ricky Medlocke but they should have called it a day after Billy Powell passed or changed the name to Skynyrd Famyly so if Gary wants to call it a day, they can keep it going.

    By Danny on Feb 9, 2015

  16. Skynyrd 14th Jan 77 Japan over at the Witchwood.

    By Je Suis Darth on Feb 11, 2015

  17. Thanks Je Suis! And thanks Big O!! Always love your stuff. We haven’t seen enough Skynyrd on here, so nice choice!

    By Big Dave on Feb 20, 2015

  18. Skynyrd without Ronnie Van Zant ain’t shit . They was great fore the fuckin crash but should have hung it up or changed their name or somerhin. This ain’t no Classic Rock and it damn sure ain’t Skynyrd . Ronnie was Skynyrd.

    By Derrick on Aug 29, 2018

  19. Give us what we all want Skynyrd with Ronnie and the band before the crash.

    By Derrick on Aug 29, 2018

  20. Get with the program

    By Derrick on Aug 29, 2018

  21. A seventies show with the actual band would have been preferred. They are a little long in the tooth here . Not horrible but an earlier show would have been better.

    By Pat Grooms on Aug 29, 2018

  22. Let’s get back to talking long thick sausages.

    By Sausage Queen on Aug 29, 2018

  23. Allen Collins…just as important as Ronnie. Steve Gaines was the future of Skynyrd.

    By Nirob on Sep 6, 2018

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