“Why Did They Not Get Lynyrd Skynyrd for Dega?” – NASCAR Fans Delighted as Iconic Music Group Set to Play Ahead of the Coke 600

Published 05/04/2022, 1:02 AM EDT
May 30, 2021; Concord, North Carolina, USA; Green flag start by USO Regional President Jim Whaley with NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Larson (5) and driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (47) during the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

In a spot of news that will excite classic rock lovers, Lynyrd Skynyrd will be playing at Charlotte for the NASCAR race. To be precise, the iconic band will play their music ahead of the Coca-Cola 600. Naturally, this got a lot of fans buzzing on social media, as the rockers are still extremely popular to this day. They came out with hits like ‘Sweet Home Alabama’, ‘Simple Man’, ‘Tuesday’s Gone’, and ‘Free Bird’.

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The band is most famous for its long guitar riffs and many of them are head-bangers. It is also worth noting that the news comes a couple of days after Formula One’s anticipated Miami GP announced a host of celebrities.

As per some reports, Post Malone is expected to make an appearance in Miami. Many NASCAR fans didn’t care though, as most preferred the music of Lynyrd Skynyrd.

One of the most popular songs is ‘Free Bird’. In fact, this song is practically a staple at every Lynyrd Skynyrd concert. Some have heard tales that at concerts, a random fan would yell, “Free Bird”, prompting the band to play it. One can almost guarantee that this song will be played during the concert.

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NASCAR fans will be looking forward to the show and the race

This is all the more amazing, considering that only one member of the original band is remaining. Back in 1977, there was a plane crash that claimed the lives of several members.

May 30, 2021; Concord, North Carolina, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Larson (5) leads the field on turn 4 during the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

This included lead singer Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines and backup singer Cassie Gaines, along with the assistant manager and two pilots. A decade after the tragedy, Van Zant’s brother reformed the band, and they resumed the legacy.

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In 2018, the band announced a farewell tour and also had plans for a final album. The tour ended in 2020, but the band was not opposed to the occasional live performance. Evidently, NASCAR and the Charlotte Motor Speedway took this as an invitation and pounced immediately.

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How excited are you to see Lynyrd Skynyrd perform at the Charlotte Motor Speedway?

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Dhruv George

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Dhruv George is a senior Motorsports author for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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