What does it sound like?:
Who’s old enough to remember the annual summer festivals at Knebworth then – many of us I suspect! Let’s go back in the old time machine to the scorching summer of 1976, the 21st of August to be precise. That year’s show was headlined of course by The Rolling Stones, with a supporting cast including 10cc, Todd Rundgren’s Utopia and Lynryd Skynyrd. This cd/dvd combo captures Skynyrd’s full set from the day, truncated from their usual show due to the stage time they were allowed. However, this shorter set works in their favour as in its distilled form it cuts out all the fat and really is all killer no filler. Kicking off with Workin’ For MCA, the band are on top form with Ronnie Van Zant’s fine vocals aided and abetted by the mighty triple guitar attack of Gary Rossington, Steve Gaines and Allen Collins. A fiery set runs through classic after classic – Saturday Night Special, Gimme Three Steps, T for Texas, and of course concluding with Sweet Home Alabama and Freebird. A superb set if you like your rock Southern Fried!
What does it all *mean*?
Did any of us attend this event – if so, what are your memories of the day? (In fact, memories of any of the Knebworth events you attended over the years would be welcome – go on, take a trip down memory lane…. the music, the crowds, the queues, the traffic jams…. please share)
Goes well with…
A bottle of Rebel Yell.
Might suit people who like…
Anyone with an interest in the Knebworth festivals should seek out the book There Must Be A Better Way by the event’s promoter, the late Freddy Bannister.