The Artimus Pyle Band – led by original drummer and plane crash survivor Artimus Pyle – honors the music of Ronnie Van Zant’s Lynyrd Skynyrd.
They will share that continuing legacy at the McPherson Opera House at 7:30 pm. on May 3.
Performing their all-Skynyrd show, the classic southern rock group includes: Artimus Pyle, Tony Black, Jerry Lyda, Brad Durden and Scott Raines. They play legendary hits such as “Tuesday’s Gone,” “Sweet Home Alabama,” “Gimme Three Steps,” “Simple Man,” “Free Bird,” “Don’t Ask Me No Questions,” – and more.
Artimus got his first real break at The Charlie Daniels Band's Volunteer Jam.
Then, working with The Marshall Tucker Band, Artimus became known as a powerful session drummer. Using his connections with Charlie Daniels and Marshall Tucker – both acts that toured often with Skynyrd – Artimus met with Ronnie Van Zant and Ed King at Studio One in Doraville, Georgia.
The results of that meeting greatly impressed Ronnie. Artimus had his debut with the band in Jacksonville's Sgt. Pepper's Club in October 1974.
The gig, a show to raise money and awareness for Jacksonville's food bank, was hot.
Everyone remembers the band walking through the front door and into a rush of people that doubled the legal occupancy of the club.
When Bob Burns left the band permanently following Skynyrd's first European tour in December 1974, Artimus quickly took over as Skynyrd's new drummer.
Artimus was an important player in the incredible history of a great American band as it's drummer during their pinnacle years from 1974-1977.
By the fall of 1977, Lynyrd Skynyrd’s songs had become radio staples.
The show at the Opera House is sponsored by Wise & Reber, L.C., Louie’s Service Center, Kyle and Tammy Hawk, and Mid Kansas Machine, Inc.-Doug and Gail Schulz.
Tickets range from $30 to $45, with a $4 preservation fee, and are available at mcphersonoperahouse.org, by calling 620-241-1952, or at the box office at 219 S. Main St.