Dear friends, tonight is the ninety-eighth edition of Friday Night with Guitar George. Barring any unforeseen calamities, two weeks from tonight—May 20, 2016—will be the 100th edition, and the last regular installment in the series. I won’t say that it will be the final edition ever, because I’m sure there will be times when I will want to post a special edition for one reason or another. That being said, I want the last three regular episodes to be representative of the fundamental premise of FNWGG, which is to present videos of live musical performances that feature top quality guitar play.
If a blues rock band with one talented guitarist is good (Led Zeppelin, Cream, Dire Straits), a blues rock band with two talented guitarists is even better (Rolling Stones, Allman Brothers, Black Crowes). But a blues rock band with three very talented guitarists is something special. Tonight’s featured video is one hour’s worth of extracts from a Lynyrd Skynyrd concert in San Francisco in 1975 featuring the incomparable guitar trio of Gary Rossington, Alan Collins, and the often overlooked and/or underrated Ed King. Skynyrd would later replace King with Steve Gaines, who was also very talented, but there was just something special about the 1975 lineup seen here.