Music Menu: Kid Rock, Lynyrd Skynyrd

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SUNDAY, JULY 26

Kid Rock/Lynyrd Skynyrd A pretty telling pairing, methinks. Kid Rock's songwriting career is so dead in the water that he's now forced to mash up old classic rock songs (Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama" and Warren Zevon's "Werewolves of London") to write "new" hits. Skynyrd's grim (reaper'd) legacy is haunted by the deaths of most everyone in the original band, excepting guitarist Gary Rossington. Still, Skynyrd once had something going for it, even as the group was too often seen as a bunch of knuckle-dragging rednecks who'd just crawled out of a swamp seconds before stepping on stage. Sporting songs about handgun violence ("Saturday Night Special"), the effects of drug and drink abuse ("That Smell" "Needle and the Spoon"), racism ("The Ballad of Curtis Loew") and more, the band had lyrical heft to go along with musical muscle. Rock's legacy? Well, as the saying goes, only the good die young. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre (Timothy C. Davis)

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