The fact that rock veterans are often able to pull in way bigger crowds than their younger peers isn't something new in the rock world. Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Rickey Medlocke recently touched on such state of affairs, explaining that the freshness aspect played a major role for Skynyrd and similar acts to reach the classics plateau. "It takes four or five decent contemporary bands to get anywhere near a full house for a particular bill," he told Seacoast Online. "With us, we sell it cold. You have to look back and think, 'wow...;' there's a lot of substance to that music.""I'm not putting anybody down, I'm just saying, back then it was virgin territory. Every song that could be written had not been written yet. Nowadays every song that can be written has been written. You hear a lot of the songs from yesterday in the songs of today." Medlocke then reminisced the old days, saying, "From my perspective, those roots, those early beginnings — the beginnings of Skynyrd ... this thing is timeless man. These songs will be here long after we're gone." And speaking of timeless Skynyrd tunes, Rickey addressed the band's staple rock classic "Free Bird," giving its author, late guitairst Allen Collins, nothing but kudos. "I've been playing 'Free Bird' now - the solo to that thing - I've been playing it for about 18 years now," he said. "Pretty much three or four times longer than Allen ever did. I hope that one day I'll meet him on the other side and will have the opportunity to shake his hand and say, 'Thank you brother, you wrote a hell of a song.'"
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