In an interview with Ultimate Classic Rock, former Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer Artimus Pyle talked about what he thought about the current status of the band and claimed that they were not playing the right music.
The talented drummer Artimus Pyle performed with Lynyrd Skynyrd from 1974 to 1977 and from 1987 to 1991. He was with the band during the 1977 plane crash which caused the tragic deaths of Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines, his sister Cassie Gaines. The upcoming 2020 film ‘Street Survivors: The True Story of the Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash‘ will be depicting the real story behind the plane crash.
Recently, Artimus Pyle joined an interview with Ultimate Classic Rock to talk about the upcoming film and his current relationship with Lynyrd Skynyrd. The band announced their 2018 tour named ‘Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour,’ which Artimus Pyle has refused to join.
During the interview, Pyle revealed the reason why he didn’t want to be a part of the farewell tour. He mentioned the fact that Lynyrd Skynyrd was now a totally different band that couldn’t ‘play the music right’ and claimed that they only cared about the money.
Here’s the statement of Artimus Pyle about his thoughts on the current status of Lynyrd Skynyrd and their farewell tour:
“The fact is Judy Van Zant came up to me one day to try to get information from me and said that she wanted me to be a part of the forever farewell tour that they’re doing. I said the only way I would do it is if I came out and played at least seven songs.
I’m not gonna wave at the crowd after ‘Free Bird’ like a party monkey. I will play with the band or I don’t want to be there. Besides, who is that band? I don’t know them. They call themselves Lynyrd Skynyrd. They’re not. They don’t play the music right.
The 15 drummers they’ve gotten since I left, they can’t play the drums properly. They can’t play the parts, and if you can’t play the parts, you should get someone who can. They cut my parts in half.
So, I don’t want to be a part of a farewell tour where they’re fleecing the fans, going back to cities two and three times. It’s supposed to be the farewell tour. All they care about is money.”
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