In recent years, many classic rock acts have taken to playing their classic albums in their entirety in concert. Lynyrd Skynyrd is the latest to join this crowd, performing their first two albums Pronounced 'Leh-Nerd 'Skin-'Nerd and Second Helping at two special concerts in their hometown of Jacksonville, FL. The shows were filmed and make up the new Blu-ray Lynyrd Skynyrd - Pronounced 'Leh-Nerd 'Skin-'Nerd & Second Helping - Live From Jacksonville At The Florida Theatre.
The Pronounced set begins with "I Ain't The One," a track that finds the band locked into a tight, southern funk groove and one that includes some killer guitar work and piano. Here and throughout the show, the triple guitar attack of original member Gary Rossington, southern rock veteran Rickey Medlocke and Mark Matejka display countless chops, while never getting in each other's way musically. The classic ballad "Tuesday's Gone" follows. Played slightly faster than the studio version, it showcases some fine guitar work from Rossington and piano from Peter Keys.
Matejka takes over lead guitar duties on "Simple Man," which includes a strong vocal from Johnny Van Zant. The longtime front man does his late brother proud vocally, but never overtly imitates him. The band really seems to be enjoying themselves on a spirited "Gimme Three Steps," taking the opportunity to indulge in some extended soloing.
Of course, no Skynyrd show is complete without "Freebird," and it is the only show where someone can shout it out and not be ironic. Medlocke and Matejka handle the end solos while Rossington plays the slide part, making bird noises in this southern rock anthem.
Second Helping opens strongly with one of the band's best-loved songs, "Sweet Home Alabama." The song is played in a celebratory version, with the crowd singing along. Keys shines on a tight version of "Working For MCA" that finds the rest of the band locked into a tight groove. The show closes with the up-tempo southern rock of "Call Me The Breeze," showcasing some fine lead playing by Rossington.
The video is presented in 1080i High Definition Widescreen 16x9 (1.78:1) and looks great. Audio options include LPCM Stereo and DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1. A backstage visit with the band is included as a bonus feature.
While Lynyrd Skynyrd may be jumping on the bandwagon of playing album shows, why shouldn't they? These are classic records and some of the finest examples of southern rock ever produced. The band still puts on a tight live show and Lynyrd Skynyrd - Pronounced 'Leh-Nerd 'Skin-'Nerd & Second Helping - Live From Jacksonville At The Florida Theatre is an enjoyable keepsake for fans of the band.