In the tribute Rolling Stone published when Lynyrd Skynyrd's plane crashed and decimated the band the author, who had traveled with the band at some length, relates the story of when Ed King left Skynyrd and Ronnie Van Zant was interviewing Leslie West of Mountain fame to be the third guitarist. At some point Van Zant draws West out to ask the question "Why can't a Yankee play in a Southern Band?" The author states Ronnie flashed that gotcha grin and, drawing deep from a bottle of Jack Daniels, says "Because only those who have had their feet in the fire the longest are the hottest". West pulls his Coke a bit closer.
Ronnie Van Zant was known to often perform barefooted. When asked about it he said "because I like to feel that stage burn."
The man must have had callouses as thick and hard as horseshoes.
at Knebworth 1976
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