“We’d Like To Dedicate This Song To Mr. Merle Haggard!”
Known affectionately by fans, family and friends as “The Hag,” outlaw country legendary icon Merle Haggard’s impact was felt in both the rock and country industries. He had an effect on bands like Lynyrd Skynyrd, who give praise to the late country legend with their extreme passion for music that started when they were just kids growing up listening to the Hag’s music.
The Southern rock band not too long ago launched their eagerly anticipated summer tour with fellow rock icon, Peter Frampton. They dusted off a few of their most classic tracks like “Sweet Home Alabama” and “Gimme Three Steps.” However, fans were happy to discover that Lynyrd Skynyrd had etched out a moment on every stop of the tour to commemorate Merle’s legacy with “Honky Tonk Night Time Man.”
Entertaining Fact: Based on setlist.fm, “Honky Tonk Night Time Man” has only been played by Lynyrd Skynyrd a few times throughout their career.
“We just lost one of our greatests. So tonight we’d like to dedicate this next song to Mr. Merle Haggard. A little bit of Bakersfield!” declared Johnny Van Zant before Lynyrd Skynyrd roll-outs into the 1974 vintage. They performed a spot-on takeoff of the version of “Honky Tonk Night Time Man” showcased on Street Survivors, filled with band member call-outs, a twinkling piano solo coming from Peter Keys and two extremely exceptional guitar solos from Rickey Medlocke and Sparky Matejka, who grooved the spirit of late Skynyrd axeman Steve Gaines in this lively salute to a legend.
We may have lost one of the greatests, but only one thing’s for certain: with fantastic bands like Lynyrd Skynyrd continuing to keep his music alive, Merle will certainly live on eternally!