Travelin' Man

Saturday, October 27, 2018

My dad was a hellraising teenager when southern rock had it's best decade. He listens to them all but he loves Lynryd Skynyrd. His favorite lyric is 'Troubles Will Come' from Simple Man and he got it tattooed on his arm for his first tattoo when he was in his 50s. I also happen to have a lyric tattooed on my arm, though it is a Beatles lyric even though I don't care for the band, which is only a testament to how you should not get drunk and see the Beatles cirque show in Vegas if your hotel is across the street from a tattoo parlor inside a casino, kids.

This year is supposedly a farewell tour for the remaining touring survivors of the original band, which I believe is only one, at this point. So, Billy bought us tickets and away we went. Without even trying, this is my third time seeing them, believe it or not. I enjoy them, don't get me wrong...and definitely don't tell my dad because...parental disappointment...but I'm just not a huge LS fan. I love classic rock, but the TOP of my list would be: The Doors, Fleetwood Mac, The Allman Bros, The Grateful Dead, and Bob Dylan. Still, turn on any old rock station and I can probably sing along to 80% of what they play.

I recently watched the new LS documentary 'If I Leave Here Tomorrow' and learned a few things about the band that I did not know. I was happy to hear them speak about their earlier use of the rebel flag and their naive take on it simply representing their southern US homeland. To them, it wasn't a racist symbol and once they knew better, they did better. You know, The Allman Bros once said the exact same thing. And, LS is still anti-gun...which seems to be in direct conflict of probably 80% of the folks I saw at the concert cheering as they sang about it...but, that's just 2018 being 2018, amirite?


Dad and I had the best time eating at the Hard Rock Cafe, walking up Broadway, and then listening to the music. It was so much fun seeing him sing along to the words I grew up hearing. And, our seats were fantastic scores from back in June. Connecting with my dad has been the best thing about moving back to Kentucky. He is one in a million.
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