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2015 hennemusic Rock News Artist Of The Year – Top 10
10 – DEF LEPPARD
09 – QUEEN
08 – JUDAS PRIEST
07 – THE BLACK CROWES
06 – CHEAP TRICK
Rock News Artist of The Year No. 5 – LYNYRD SKYNYRD
Lynyrd Skynyrd kicked off 2015 with the release of a self-titled box set reissue of their first 6 albums on vinyl.
The band hit the road for live dates in March, with an extensive road schedule planned for the year.
On April 3, original Skynyrd drummer Bob Burns died in a single-car accident in Cartersville, Georgia at the age of 64.
Georgia State Patrol say the crash occurred close to midnight when Burns was driving and his vehicle left the road while making a right turn before hitting a mailbox and a tree with the front of his car; he was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the incident.
As concert dates continued, June brought the release of an expanded version of audio from their 2008 live DVD “Sweet Home Alabama.”
The updated package presents the original 14-track set by their mid-90’s lineup in concert at Rockpalast’s Loreley Festival in 1996, and adds three songs recorded live at the Hamburg Musikhalle on December 5, 1974 with the band’s original lineup: “Working For MCA,” “Free Bird” and “Sweet Home Alabama.”
Skynyrd issued highlights from their 2014 all-star tribute concert, “One More For The Fans”, in July.
The set was previewed with performances by Cheap Trick, Peter Frampton, Gregg Allman and tracks from Skynyrd themselves – including "Free Bird" and the rarely-heard "Travelin’ Man."
Guitarist Gary Rossington suffered a heart attack on October 8 that led to some follow-up surgeries and cancelled live dates while he recovers with a plan to return in 2016.
October also saw the release of “Pronounced 'Lĕh-'nérd 'Skin'nérd & Second Helping – Live From Jacksonville At The Florida Theatre.”
The set captures the legendary Southern rock band performing their first two studio albums – 1973’s “Pronounced 'Lĕh-'nérd 'Skin-'nérd” and 1974’s “Second Helping” – live in their entirety for the first time before a hometown crowd this past April.
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