On this date in history, 8/5/1994, I saw a cool show at the Indianapolis State Fairgrounds featuring Lynyrd Skynyrd, Ted Nugent, Bad Company, .38 Special, and Pride & Glory. Zakk Wylde's Pride & Glory kicked things off in high gear, with the Wylde man unleashing his ferocious lead guitar and his surprisingly Gregg Allman-esque whisky drenched vocals on us. Most of his short set was drawn from the band's debut album, but the song that got us all going crazy was Zakk's phenomenal take on Black Sabbath's iconic War Pigs. That one was worth the entire concert for me! .38 Special kept the ball rolling with a set of hits and Southern Rock hospitality. Bad Company continued the hit parade with their bluesy British classic rock stomp n' roll. Ted Nugent took up where Zakk left off, melting faces with his great white buffalo hunter/motor city madman style. This was my first time to see the mighty Lynyrd Skynyrd, and I was suitably impressed. Although they were filled with replacement players by necessity, the proud heritage and legacy of the classic lineup remained. The songs will outlive us all, and they were performed by a band who knows how important they are to their loving fans.
Written By Braddon S Williams aka The Concert Critic