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Lynyrd Skynyrd honored at one-night-only concert in Atlanta's Fox Theatre
Southern rockers Gary Rossington (L) and Johnny Van Zant (R) of Lynyrd Skynyrd arrive for ÒOne More For The Fans! - Celebrating The Songs & Music of Lynyrd Skynyrd," a special concert featuring once-in-a-lifetime collaborations by friends and admirers paying tribute to Lynyrd SkynyrdÕs four decades of southern-based rock music at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta on November 12, 2014. The band's live album recorded in the theatre 40 years ago helped save the historic structure from destruction. UPI/David Tulis
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Gary Robert Rossington (born December 4, 1951, Jacksonville, Florida, United States) is a founding member of Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd. He plays lead and rhythm guitar. He is also a founding member of The Rossington-Collins Band along with former Lynyrd Skynyrd bandmate, the late Allen Collins.

Rossington formed the band as a teenager with friends Ronnie Van Zant, Allen Collins, Larry Junstrom and Bob Burns in the summer of 1964. Skynyrd gained national exposure starting in 1973 with the release of their first album (pronounced 'lĕh-'nérd 'skin-'nérd) and hit single "Free Bird".

Rossington's instrument of choice was a 1959 Gibson Les Paul that he purchased from a woman whose boyfriend had left her and left behind his guitar. He named it "Berneice" in honor of his mother who he was close to. Rossington has played lead guitar on "Tuesday's Gone" and the slide guitar for "Free Bird". Along with Collins, Rossington also provided the guitar work for "Simple Man".

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