I thought they ended when Ron Van Zant died. While never a big fan, he did have a talent as a writer & several of his songs stand well today, most notably (of those I know) "Sat Night Special", "Simple Man" & their best record (that I know), "Tuesday's Gone", which has a really stunning set of musical components, particularly the evocative melodic/harmonic structure & vocal perfs (both lead & bg vox); excellent gtr work; extremely well-developed & performed drum backing & a very sympathetic synth/string arrangement by producer Al Kooper. studio version https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvWADo6KPzA
However for die-hard fans, such as apparently, Doc, take note of this: [https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/rock/8096465/lynyrd-skynyrd-gary-rossington-talks-farewell-tour] "Lynyrd Skynyrd's Gary Rossington says fans shouldn't get too weepy about the group's upcoming Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour. At least not yet. "This farewell tour will take a year or two to go all the places we've been and play them one more time, so it's not like we're going away," Rossington, Skynyrd's sole surviving original member, tells Billboard. "We're just winding it down a little bit. We'll be doing this a while longer." And the guitarist holds out the possibility that the tour -- which starts May 4 in West Palm Beach, Fla. and will include performances in Europe as well as North America -- may lead even Rossington and his bandmates to reconsider. "Y'know...maybe," he says. "I know we're going to take some time off after this farewell tour that's all planned, and then who knows. Even, like, the Eagles and a lot of people retire for a year or two and they have to come back. It's just in your blood, y'know? So I don't know if it's really ever gonna end, but his is a plant to start to. Even if the touring ends we'll still do special shows and special guest things here and there with the whole band."
All good things must come to an end some day. The great thing about the bands we love, is there will always be music out there to listen to. Many bands stop touring only to start up again some day. Elton John and Neil Diamond both announced the end of their touring days this last week...Lynyrd Skynyrd's music will always stand out in a crowd. +1 on Free Bird not so much, but Gimme Three Steps and What's Your Name are a couple of great tunes!
I never liked the whole Southern Rock sound, but that's partly because I lived in a house where a Southern Rock cover band practiced one or two nights a week. At their best, they weren't bad, at their worst . . . well, for a Prog/Fusion guy like myself, it was as painful as a mediocre King Crimson cover band might have been for them.
However, credit where credit is due, and all that: while I never liked Free Bird as a song, the ending of the tune stands on its own as a damned fine example of dual-Guitar harmony, possibly the best ever heard on AM radio this side of Hotel California*, which I personally find tiresome. Given a choice between the two, go ahead and crank up Free Bird.
*Of course, nothing equals the Guitar solo trade-off between Denny Dias and Jeff "Skunk" Baxter on Bodhisattva, but that's another story.
"Monsters are real, and Ghosts are real too. They live inside us, and sometimes, they win." Stephen King
I saw three of those guys on the Speakeasy TV show a few episodes back. I heard them mention that they were doing their last tour. Good band. I always liked their stuff from the first album onward. I never did get to see them live but I watched some of their TV appearances. And wore out several of their albums.