Clips & Pix: Lynyrd Skynyrd/Gimme Three Steps

The above performance of Gimme Three Steps by Lynyrd Skynyrd apparently was captured during a 2015 gig at Jacksonville’s Florida Theatre. According to Setlist.fm, the southern rockers played two shows at this venue in early April that year.

Co-written by founding members Allen Collins (guitarist) and Ronnie Van Zant (lead vocalist), Gimme Three Steps is from the band’s debut album (Pronounced ‘Lĕh-‘nérd ‘Skin-‘nérd), which was released in August 1973. The song also appeared separately as the record’s lead single in November that year. While the tune became one of Skynyrd’s staples, it didn’t chart at the time.

Today, guitarist Gary Rossington remains the only founding member. Ronnie’s brother Johnny Van Zant has been Skynyrd’s lead vocalist since 1987, when the members of the band who survived the 1977 plane crash re-formed for a reunion tour with him. Guitarist Rickey Medlocke, who first played with Skynyrd from 1971 to 1972, has been part of the current line-up since his return in 1996. Michael Cartellone (drums), Mark Matejka (guitar), Peter Keys (keyboards) and Keith Christopher (bass) joined in 1999, 2006, 2009 and 2017, respectively.

Three weeks ago, Lynyrd Skynyrd announced their final tour, which will feature  numerous special guests, such as Bad Company, Marshall Tucker Band and 38 Special. The first leg of the Last Of The Street Survivors Farewell Tour will kick off on May 4 in West Palm Beach, Fla. and conclude in Atlanta on September 1. One of the dates in-between is PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ on June 22, right in my backyard. Since I’ve never seen these guys, I couldn’t resist and got a ticket.

Sources: Wikipedia, Setlist.fm, Lynyrd Skynyrd website, YouTube