The Only Lynyrd Skynyrd Song Bob Dylan Performed Live
Lynyrd Skynyrd released numerous timeless hits throughout their career, such as ‘Sweet Home Alabama,’ ‘What’s Your Name,’ and ‘That Smell.’ Perhaps their most recognizable hit was ‘Free Bird,’ which appeared on the band’s debut album in 1973. The song, written by Allen Collins and Ronnie Van Zant, became their fans’ favorite thanks to its memorable guitar solo.
Since it’s a signature Lynyrd Skynyrd track, the band’s fans love seeing them perform it live regardless of its length. Though it usually takes over 14 minutes to play this song during shows, fans once wanted to see another iconic name perform it. That notable name was Bob Dylan, and he surprisingly agreed to play this Lynyrd Skynyrd song live.
Bob Dylan Performed Lynyrd Skynyrd’s ‘Free Bird’
In 2016, Bob Dylan and his band performed at The Greek Theater in Los Angeles. While the show was almost over, the audience started to scream and ask for Dylan to play Lynyrd Skynyrd’s ‘Free Bird.’ Though many would expect Dylan to ignore this request, the musician actually began playing the song.
Though their performance was below one minute, unlike the band’s original 14-minute-long set, it was a pleasant surprise for his audience. Many of his fans know Bob Dylan is usually the one whose songs get covered by many other important names, but this time, he played another legend’s classic hit. That performance marked the first time Dylan performed a Lynyrd Skynyrd song per a fan’s request.
You can watch Dylan’s cover below.