They're the most overplayed songs known to man, but there's a reason Lynyrd Skynyrd's 'Free Bird' and Led Zeppelin's 'Stairway to Heaven' still dominate classic-rock radio 40 years after they were released: They're awesome! And now it's time for you to choose one as the victor in this week's Clash of the Titans.
Lynyrd Skynyrd had established themselves as one of the most successful rock bands of the '70s by the time they released 'Street Survivors' in October of 1977. The group's career would come to a tragic halt just three days later, on Oct. 20, 1977, when their twin engine plane went down in a swamp in Gillsburg, Miss., killing three of the band members, a tour manager and both pilots on impact.
"The South will rise again" is an oft-misused cliche with very politically incorrect origins. But when applied more innocently to the world of music, it has usefully described the frequent spikes in popularity enjoyed by southern rock, and perhaps never more so than 40 years ago, when Lynyrd Skynyrd released its debut album on Aug. 13, 1973.
Legendary Southern rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd have succumbed to the lure of reality television -- sort of. The group that gave the world such all-time rock anthems as 'Free Bird,' 'Gimme Three Steps' and 'Sweet Home Alabama' have recorded a new theme song for the hit reality show 'Pawn Stars.'
What: 'The 40th Anniversary Tour'
When: June 20 – July 27
Why: Two classic rock veterans join forces and hit the road providing a full evening of hits and more. It's dubbed 'The 40 Tour,'as both bands are celebrating their 40th anniversary and joining forces to do so. That's a lot of