A new Lynyrd Skynyrd documentary which tells the “warts and all” backstory and tragic history of southern rock’s most iconic band, premieres on the Showtime cable network on August 18.
If I Leave Here Tomorrow: A Film About Lynyrd Skynyrd, covers the band’s enduring legacy from their birth in Jacksonville, Florida to the plane crash in 1977 that killed lead singer Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines, backing vocalist Cassie Gaines, their assistant road manager, and the plane’s crew.
The documentary is narrated by Garry Rossington, one of the last surviving founding members of Lynyrd Skynyrd and features interviews with drummer Artimus Pyle, producer Al Kooper, and archival radio interviews with Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Allen Collins and bassist Leon Wilkeson. The film primarily focuses on lead singer Ronnie Van Zant – his roots, work ethic, boozed-up brawler, and status as a mythical southern rock poet.
The current version of Lynyrd Skynyrd are on their self-proclaimed farewell tour, which runs through early 2019.
The authorized documentary premiered at this year’s South By Southwest festival and was made by director Stephen Kijak ( Stones in Exile, We Are X). Check out the trailer for If I Leave Here Tomorrow below.
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