Got to love Artimus Pyle, Lynyrd Skynyrd’s drummer at the time of their plane crash. He is too old and crusty to be politically correct and god bless the world for people like him.
He isn’t part of the current Lynyrd Skynyrd Farewell Tour and explains why in the interview quoted below. The movie he struggled to make amidst lawsuits trying to block its release is done and available, but the memory of the crash never ends.
Music has saved my life. At the end of the movie, I say I loved being the drummer of Lynyrd Skynyrd. I’ve been dragged through the mud; I’ve been falsely accused. Judy and Vector [management] and all of those people have stolen millions of dollars from me that could have been in my bank account. They’ve given my paycheck away to 15 different drummers that can’t play the parts. I have every reason to be bitter and pissed off. But I tell you something, I’ve got eight incredible children and grandchildren. They all play music. With this movie, we did the very best we could with the resources that we had under the conditions that we had. And it didn’t have to be that way, but that’s the way it was, and I’m so proud of Cleopatra, of the attorneys that defended us, of the actors and actresses that portrayed us and put their hearts and souls into it and of Jared Cohn, the director. I feel very satisfied that we did the best we could.Why Artimus Pyle Isn’t Part of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Farewell Tour
Street Survivors may or not be the most historically accurate story of the Skynyrd plane crash, but sounds like it will be the only one we’re receiving anytime soon.