Wednesday, January 28, 2009
The South suffered a heartbreaking loss. Today we mourn the death of Billy Powell, the creepy looking guy who played keyboards for Lynyrd Skynyrd (pictured above with a can of beer). His greatest contribution to the world comes in the form of the piano intro to Free Bird.
I had the pleasure of seeing Powell play with the remaining semblance of Skynyrd several years ago at the University of Alabama's Homecoming Concert where I assisted as "Skynyrd Staff". I got to guard their bus before they took the stage, then we enjoyed the concert from next to the sound station.
Here's hoping you catch up with Ronnie Van Zant and can greet me in 60 years with a heavenly rendition of Free Bird. That would be more killer than ...heart disease.