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Lynyrd Skynyrd

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Garrett Mireles, Jul 6, 2003.

  1. Any fans? I've been listening to Metallica's (with a few other artists) cover of Tuesday's Gone, and I fell in love with it. I just downloaded a few Lynyrd tracks, and I can definitely follow the music.

    What's the bass players name, by the way?
  2. LiquidMidnight


    Dec 25, 2000
    Leon Wilkinson is his name. He died about a year or so ago. It's so unforuanate that there's so much pathetic drama surrounding the band. :(
  3. TravellinMan


    Jan 11, 2003
    NW Indiana
    Which tracks are you talking about on "Vicious Cycle" Leon played on two tracks "The Way" and "Lucky Man" and all the rest of the bass tracks were recorded by Ean Evans, Up till this cd It was Larry Justrom (original Bassist) Then Greg T Walker (Blackfoot) and then Leon, Leon left and was replaced by Ed King, and then Leon returned and Ed slide over to guitar!
  4. TravellinMan


    Jan 11, 2003
    NW Indiana
  5. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    I played in a Skynyrd tribute band for a while - while some may laugh at it as "trailer trash rock", this band commanded anywhere from $2k-$4k a gig PLUS expenses and even did a stint in France.....go figure, they have a French following.

    And Leon's lines are more intricate than he was ever given credit for, especially in terms of dynamics. I first thought they were simplistic....unitil I had to comp them!!!
  6. jongor

    jongor Supporting Member

    Jan 11, 2003
    Ya, I've always thought most of the Skynyrd bass lines were cool.

    I just heard "I Know A Little" on the radio the other day, that's got a rockin bass line it....don't know who the bassist could have been.
  7. I downloadeda live video of Free Bird, who played bass in that song? Some of the best bass lines I've seen in a long time...especially during the solos towards the end.
  8. TravellinMan


    Jan 11, 2003
    NW Indiana
    It is Leon Wilkeson, I have it on DVD, and he cover all of the fret board!

    But I think his best work is on....The Way off Vicious Cycle One of the last tunes recorded before his death!

    And for those of you that don't know Leon wrote "TravellinMan" my forum name it has a killer line as well!

    Take Care
  9. The Lurker

    The Lurker

    Aug 16, 2002
    Leon's one of my favorite players.

    that guy could BOOGIE.
  10. Fleckbass211


    Mar 20, 2003
    My Room
    He's on my list for the top under-rated bassists.


    I have to make a thread about that.

  11. Lynyrd ROCK!!

    I saw 'em live a few weeks ago, they sppported Deep Purple!
    What an evening! Awesome band, still rockin' after 30years... :)
  12. TravellinMan


    Jan 11, 2003
    NW Indiana
    Just saw the Jimmie Van Zant Band last nite, Jimmie is a cousin and resemble's Ronnie to a "T", and the bass player Rick that play's with these guys, was good frends with Leon and got to talk shop after the show! If this band comes near you go check em' out! To check out dates go to Pollstar.com and type in Jimmie Van Zant Band and it should come up!

    Take Care
  13. Funkster


    Apr 6, 2000
    Wormtown, MA
    He also had a distinct grove and style that is very hard to cop, Listen to I know a little, Man oh man he rips
  14. fastplant


    Sep 26, 2002
    Yeah, the bass work on Simple Man is great too. He is definitley an underrated player. But Lynyrd Skynyrd has gone through so many member changes it's hard to keep up. I've seen them 4 times and I think it was 4 different bands.
  15. TravellinMan


    Jan 11, 2003
    NW Indiana
    Check out LS New Cd "Vicious Cycle" It has a tribute to Leon Wilkeson on their with an awesome Bass Line called "MAD HATTER"

    Take Care