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    The American rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd will perform on Saturday, July 4, 2020, in Piazza Napoleone, in Lucca, as part of the Lucca Summer Festival 2020.

     

    THE BAND

    Lynyrd Skynyrd was formed in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1964. The group was originally named My Backyard and was composed of Ronnie Van Zant (lead vocalist), Gary Rossington (guitar), Allen Collins (guitar), Larry Junstrom (bass guitar) and Bob Burns (drums).

    The band changed its name to Lynyrd Skynyrd in 1969 and released their first album in 1973. Their second album, Second Helping, was released in 1974, and the band’s third album, Nuthin’ Fancy, in 1975. Their fourth studio album, Gimme Back My Bullets, was released in 1976, and their fifth, Street Survivors, in 1977.

    On October 20, 1977, Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines and singer Cassie Gaines were killed in an airplane crash, and the band abruptly ceased. The group reformed in 1987 for a reunion tour with Ronnie’s brother, Johnny Van Zant, as its lead vocalist.

    Lynyrd Skynyrd was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006. To date, the band sold 28 million records in the United States.

     

    THE FESTIVAL

    The first edition of the Lucca Summer Festival took place in 1998, when Bob Dylan, George Benson and Joe Cocker performed on stage.

    Over time, important names attended the festival, among which we can mention David Bowie, James Brown, Mark Knopfler, Jamiroquai, Seal, Zucchero, Ray Charles, Eric Clapton, Elton John, Paul Simon, Rod Stewart, Oasis, Anastacia, Giorgia, Green Day, Ennio Morricone and The Rolling Stones.

     

    THE VENUE

    Piazza Napoleone is the main square of Lucca, and one of the places where, every summer, is held one of the most important music festivals in Italy, the Lucca Summer Festival.

    Piazza Napoleone is located inside the city walls of Lucca, about 650 meters away from the Lucca train station. The closest bus stop is Napoleone, located in the northwestern corner of the square, on the bus Lines 5, LAM Blu and LAM Verde.

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