Sweet Home America: Lynyrd Skynyrd to Play Sold-Out Show for Troops in Washington

The southern hard-rock band is a big supporter of veterans.

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Johnny Van Zant, right, and Rickey Medlocke of Lynyrd Skynyrd perform in Bryant Park on Aug. 22, 2008, in New York.
Johnny Van Zant, right, and Rickey Medlocke of Lynyrd Skynyrd perform in Bryant Park on Aug. 22, 2008, in New York.

Lynyrd Skynyrd is coming to town for inauguration, but if you aren't a veteran you've likely had a hard time securing a ticket.

The southern hard-rock heroes will play for some 1,000 troops at a mostly sold-out show at Washington's Warner Theater on Sunday night, in an event hosted by the nonprofit Citizens Helping Heroes, and with tickets distributed through a number of veterans groups.

The concert will be cohosted by House Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, along with several other lawmakers.

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Lynyrd Skynyrd was slated to play at the Republican National Convention in Tampa in August, but canceled the show at the last minute due to fears of Hurricane Isaac. Event organizer Robert Jennings says the band is excited to reschedule that show in a performance intended for the troops.

Johnny Van Zant, right, and Rickey Medlocke of Lynyrd Skynyrd perform in Bryant Park on Aug. 22, 2008, in New York.
Johnny Van Zant, right, and Rickey Medlocke of Lynyrd Skynyrd perform in Bryant Park on Aug. 22, 2008, in New York.

"They are big supporters of the military and veterans, and they said they wanted to do a makeup show for the vets," Jennings says. "We figured the best time was inauguration ... and it didn't matter who won."

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Lynyrd Skynyrd has previously voiced their support for Republican presidents, and have often used the confederate flag as stage decoration at their concerts.

But at this concert, Jennings says attendees should expect another favored stage decoration of the band: a mural covered in the insignias of all the branches of the military.

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