Today marks the 35 year anniversary of one of rock music's greatest tragedies. The plane crash of Lynyrd Skynyrd. At the time, the band had 10 on-stage members: Ronnie Van Zant, Cassie Gaines, Steve Gaines, Gary Rossington, Artimus Pyle, Billy Powell, Leon Wilkeson, Allen Collins, Leslie Hawkins and Jo Jo Billingsley.
Ronnie Van Zant, Cassie Gaines, and Steve Gaines died, along with their road manager Dean Kilpatrick, and the pilot and co-pilot. Jo Jo Billingsley was not on the plane.
Gary Rossington, Artimus Pyle, Allen Collins, Leslie Hawkins, Billy Powell and Leon Wilkeson survived, but with very serious injuries.
Gary Rossington (pictured above 9/27/12) and Ronnie Van Zant's brother Johnny Van Zant still carries on the Lynryd Skynyrd legacy all these years later. Their latest album "Last of a Dyin' Breed" just came out on Roadrunner records and the band is currently on tour. See photos from their 9/27/12 Kent, WA show on KISW.com Click Here!