Zitat des Tages von Johnny Van Zant:
The last thing we want to do is disappoint the fans.
I just love going out and playing my brother's songs.
Some of the songs on the radio are really outrageous. I listen to the lyric. If the lyric doesn't make sense, I don't like the song.
My favorite singers in the world have been black singers, and you can go to any church and hear the best singers in the world - and I'm a singer, and I love singing!
They're great songs. How many bands wouldn't like to have a 'Freebird' or 'Sweet Home Alabama' to play every night?
Look at Gretchen Wilson. If she came out in the '70s she'd be the queen of Southern rock.
It is a scary world out there, and believe me that if someone were to try to come into my house, I want to be able to protect myself.
Johnny Colt is a character, and most people in Lynyrd Skynyrd are characters, so he fits in great with us. He's got an attitude, man, and I love it, and that's what we need.
If people can't relate to something, there's no use of the song being there.
John 5 - he's weird. He's a freak. I'm just kidding. He's a great guy.
I saw B.B. King in concert one time where he had this guy that would bring him out a glass of water and towel to wipe his forehead with.
I think people relate to Skynyrd; it's a working class band. They're just songs with messages. To this day, there's never been a song written that didn't have a message.
Two of my favorite bands, Blackberry Smoke and Black Stone Cherry, I just think both of those bands are a good new progressive kind of Southern Rock that's a little different than us but still has a rootsy thing going on.
We've got to take some drastic steps in this country. We can't keep spending and spending.
Some people would do anything just to get a break; that's where the bad guys get you.
Rich people know how to party, too.
Every redneck's dream is to write a song and have it go on a fishing show.
Skynyrd just hasn't gotten its just due.
You don't go to some other country and bash our president.
If you're only a fan of the old music, that music's gonna wind up sounding even older.
Skynyrd is a big family. We have argued, fussed, and fought.
My father was a Democrat.
So many artists try to be something that they're not.
You have people ask us how you get through all the stuff that Skynyrd's been through, and I think it's the music; it really is.
If it wasn't for Al Kooper, there might not be a Lynyrd Skynyrd. He's the one who found us at Pinocchio's in Atlanta, Georgia, and signed us to Sounds Of The South through MCA, brought the band to attention.
If you're going into music, work on your music and do it as well as you can. And look at it as a business. I'm in it to make a living, too.
Whatever people want to say, we go out there every night, and we give tribute to the songs that my brother wrote, to Ronnie and Allen Collins and Steve Gaines and Leon Wilkeson and everybody. We pay tribute every night to those people who have gone on.
When we are out on the road, running up and down the road playing shows, you have to be not only a member of a band but, especially with Lynyrd Skynyrd, you have to be a part of the Skynyrd nation. You have to be a part of the family.
We've done shows with Tim McGraw, Hank Williams Jr., Montgomery Gentry, Shooter Jennings.
Families do not stop living. We have got to keep going on. This is what people do.
We didn't grow up rich people.
Most of our fans are the hardworking people of the world. They are the people who have made this country great.
Look at Montgomery Gentry. If those boys came out in the '70s, they'd be Southern rock.
Everybody in Lynyrd Skynyrd loves different styles of music, and our minds are very open when it comes to writing our songs and making the band true to what the band is, but also stepping out and doing something current.
Who knows what the heck the future will bring.
There's nothing like getting out there playing a great show with Skynyrd and seeing people love this music.