Classic rock bands strike a chord


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Rock fans flocked to the Sleep Country Amphitheater on the first day of summer, as Lynyrd Skynyrd and Bad Company helped welcome the new season Friday night.

Bad Company took the stage first, bringing back their staples of classic rock. The English group was founded in 1973 and took a straightforward approach to rock and roll.

Originally formed in the 1960s, Lynyrd Skynyrd gained popularity for their live performances of Southern rock classics such as, “Sweet Home Alabama” and “Free Bird.” The band’s peak fame was put to an abrupt end after three members were killed in a plane crash in 1977. However, in 1987, the surviving band members reformed Lynyrd Skynyrd, which has been touring ever since.

The Sleep Country Amphitheater will be home to 10 more concerts throughout the season, including John Mayer, Rush, Alan Jackson, the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival and the Zac Brown Band. For more information, go to Tickets are available on, or in the Sleep Country Amphitheater Box Office on Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with no service fees.