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Date Posted: Sat, Oct 02 2004, 0:32:58
Author: ekle
Subject: KNEBWORTH 1976 rolling stones lynyrd skynyrd

I would be glad to meet anyone that attended the KNEBWORTH 1976 fair, I was there too and would like to share thoughts and comments, thanks!

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[> Re: KNEBWORTH 1976 rolling stones lynyrd skynyrd -- RONNIE-VAN-ZANT-RULES-SKYNYRD, Sun, Oct 24 2004, 5:45:06

i wish i could of seen them live at that one.
but freebird the movie made it nice to see what it was like.
i love rvz and skynyrd there the best ever.
check out my board for rvz and skynyrd now and the board
http://rvzrules.proboards18.com/

ronnie van-zant rules

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[> [> Re: KNEBWORTH 1976 rolling stones lynyrd skynyrd -- jem (skynyrd mania), Thu, Dec 18 2008, 10:55:24

I didnt get to see the original Skynyrd but I love them and especially RVZ I am going to see them on 28th May 2009 in Birmingam NIA I cant wait I have waited over 30 years to see them. After that very black day on 20th October 1977 I didnt think I ever would so it will be a dream come true. They are one of the greatest bands of all time and I am tired of people pidgeon holing them "southern rock" they are far more expansive than that. RIP Ronnie,Steve,Cassie and Dean, FLY ON FREEBIRDS.

Jem "The Welshboy".

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[> Re: KNEBWORTH 1976 rolling stones lynyrd skynyrd -- charles hodgens, Sat, Jul 16 2005, 0:26:59

I was there in 76 but didn't carry a camera. Are there any pictures posted on the web?

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[> Re: KNEBWORTH 1976 rolling stones lynyrd skynyrd -- Ady, Mon, Jan 16 2006, 1:06:32

I was there, sat right infront of the mixer with about 30 of my friends from up north. It was the "degenerates summer outing". We were flying a flag of a sausage wearing a boot kicking seven bells out of a fridge (good times)
My lasting memory is of Ronnie VZ and the guitars climbing over the rope which was supposed to stop any of the artists going into Jaggers reserved space. He stood there, flanked by Gary and Allen while the solos' in freebird made our eyes water and our ears bleed.
That is what it was all about. Things never really seemed the same after that.
Amen

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[> [> Re: KNEBWORTH 1976 rolling stones lynyrd skynyrd -- Tom, Fri, Mar 16 2007, 22:28:42

I had a vhs video of the show which was produced by Cabin Fever Entertainment. I have since lost it several years ago and haven't been able to find it since. It's an awesome video of the entire Skynyrd set. There HAS to be copies of it somewhere!!

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[> [> [> Re: KNEBWORTH 1976 rolling stones lynyrd skynyrd -- Pete Foy, Mon, Oct 22 2007, 3:08:35

Hi, I have the video you are looking for which i bought when I used to run my music video business.
I can make a copy of this onto a dvd if you want.
THE VIDEO IS CALLED: FREEBIRD THE MOVIE and is no longer available. I got it from someone in the USA about 10 years ago. Please let me know if you want a copy. I was lucky to be there at knebworth in 76'. All the best - Pete.

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[> Re: KNEBWORTH 1976 rolling stones lynyrd skynyrd -- john, Fri, May 26 2006, 14:35:17

I was at knebworth that year and some number of years later saw an excellent TV prog on the event and saw myself in one of the crowd shots - where can I get that footage - must be on the web somewhere....Id die for it

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[> [> Re: KNEBWORTH 1976 rolling stones lynyrd skynyrd -- Ekle, Sun, Feb 25 2007, 18:18:41

Hi

I was at Knebworth Fair '76 ... I just see your reply now, well about the footage there is some on youtube.com now, search for "crowd knebworth 76" ...
I am also looking for myself there, I am sure I am on some video, as the NBC american tv filmed me and my friend at the entrance, near the camping site ...

please reply and I tell you more!

cheers from Italy
Ercole

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[> Re: KNEBWORTH 1976 rolling stones lynyrd skynyrd -- SLJ from Stevenage, Mon, Jan 01 2007, 13:43:51

Three of us from the nearby shitty town of Stevenage sneaked into Knebworth free that year. My memories are vague except to say Skynrd definitely kicked the Stones butts. My own musical interests went in all directions after this and I left the town well behind but I always rememember this festival. Got the LS greatest hits from the library recently - real sad about the band's demise but the music is still powerful. Would love to see the crowd footage too.

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[> Re: KNEBWORTH 1976 rolling stones lynyrd skynyrd -- adam, Tue, Mar 18 2008, 23:53:25

It was a really heavy gig,Lynyrd were red hot...We walked in for free,spent most of the time smoking endless joints and chillums.The real downer was fucking 10cc delaying the show by two and a half hours just to do some lame recording....As a result loads of people missed the last train back to London and stayed all night. The Stones played for over two hours until 2:00 a.m.

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[> [> Re: KNEBWORTH 1976 rolling stones lynyrd skynyrd -- Nifty (The Remembering), Wed, Apr 30 2008, 12:53:19

I agree - that 2 hour wait because of 10CC drove me bananas - especially as it obviously never occurred to them that not everyone there were exactly interested in seeing them. Their set was even duller than the 2 hour wait (I thought). Didn't some naked guy get up at that point and masturbate on the stage? Or was that the previous year? The Knebworth Chronicles say something about a "naked man dancing onstage and falling off and breaking his ankles", but I distinctly remember a Policeman escorting him away and a poor guy with a mop and bucket cleaning the stage afterwards... yuk!

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[> [> [> Re: KNEBWORTH 1976 rolling stones lynyrd skynyrd -- adam, Sat, May 17 2008, 19:05:11

To add insult to injury hideous 10cc started with an extra turgid version of "One Night in Paris" and as for the character who wacked off on stage it was definately that gig...it was during the afternnon and he stood at the front of the tongue. The whole crowd cheered when he reached his peak!!! Mick was rolling about on the stage later (see youtube) so lets hope they cleaned it up properly.

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[> [> [> Re: KNEBWORTH 1976 rolling stones lynyrd skynyrd -- Ekle (happy to know this), Wed, Aug 25 2010, 23:11:19

yeah, it's TRUE

the poor guy was taken away after the "pep" show ... great time for everyone, breaking the noise andteh bore ... ah ha wishtobe there again ...

a salute to everyone, guys and girls!

after 36 years it seems so good again

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[> [> [> Re: KNEBWORTH 1976 rolling stones lynyrd skynyrd -- merlinthehammer, Sat, Jun 30 2012, 22:09:07

Fantastic day in that Long Hot Summer - great to see Skynrd for what was almost their last UK gig prior to disaster striking, and thought 10CC were good - Don't Hang Up in particular. If memory serves me well (and it was an amphetamine fueled event for us) the guy wacking off on stage was actually Roy Harper, who had been there all day getting steadily more and more wasted, and had made several previous 'appearances' on and around the stage on the day!

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[> [> [> Re: KNEBWORTH 1976 rolling stones lynyrd skynyrd -- Mike (Real happy), Mon, Jul 01 2013, 14:10:39

Me and my great friend who I still party with were there. We were around 17 and did a 6 week back pack tour through the UK and Europe and ya that wanker got up and did masturbate and then they kept playing it on the big screen!! The concert was unreal!!! Over 250,000 people.....wow!!!! We had a blast!!!!! What a party!!!!!!!

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[> [> Re: KNEBWORTH 1976 rolling stones lynyrd skynyrd -- eagleash, Fri, Nov 30 2012, 22:54:41

I was there that day. The comments regarding 10CC are absolutely correct; the "protestor" appeared during the long delay & the point was made. I also heard he broke some bones later on....By the time the Stones came on the show was already overrunning & rumour was they'd had to turn it down or couldn't play....It was a very long day.

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[> Re: KNEBWORTH 1976 rolling stones lynyrd skynyrd -- dave, Sat, Nov 01 2008, 6:00:39

visit my site on Knebworth 76, just posted a shitload of new pix of the festival.
http://www.ukrockfestivals.com/76-Knebworth-festival.html always looking for more pix and recollections from folks who were there !

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[> Re: KNEBWORTH 1976 rolling stones lynyrd skynyrd -- archie (happy), Sun, Feb 07 2010, 19:48:54

Knebworth 76 the hot summer ,rember it wellin june or july of 76 went to earls court in london to see the stones the sound was tearable.so when it was printer in theN M E that the stones were playing knebworth six of us set out from a little village in norfolk to see the stones. rember getting on the traine at norwich and got of at stevengeat about 10 oclock on friday bus shittle to park .this was my first festival ,the park was full . at about 4am the croud started to get large against the fence so the please let them through to wait just out side the areana.about an hour later they let the people in the arena it was a real muddleran to the stage and set up camp foe the day under the tfee to the left of the stage this was about 8 -30 must have went to sleep and woke up 2 or three houres later looker behinde me and as fare as you could see were thousands and thousands of people. stones came on two houres late but played a good set .think it was nearly three houres, good times

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[> [> Re: KNEBWORTH 1976 rolling stones lynyrd skynyrd -- WillieG.(GreggO') (It was awesome!), Thu, Jan 20 2011, 14:09:10

Old Dogs,Old Days..........
I was there with buddies frrom R.A.F./USAF Upper Heyford,me and a lil' English Chick for 3 days,in the muck & mire, and it was killer, several cases of Matuese Red,and other sundries,saw/met Marc Bolan(TRex) w/chick in crowd Saturday,partied,Skynyrd was hometown boys back then(since I'm from North Florida too), 2nd time seen in concert,Stones were killer,10cc,HotTuna,StreetWalker,etc. made an awesome weekend, still remember it like yesterday(don't know how?) but times were good back then,not like now.... Skynard was/is what we're all about down here! FREEDOM! FREE BIRD! Live to Rock On .... Die FREE!

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[> Re: KNEBWORTH 1976 rolling stones lynyrd skynyrd -- mick(powerjunkies), Sun, Jan 30 2011, 22:54:16

Came across from Aylesbury with some mates..JD and Bob ,what a gig,wasnt to bothered with the stones(who were late)but had to catch Todd/Utopia and lyn.sky.Probaly the best day of my life and fuelled me for more.led zep,genesis,the tubes,etc etc Went on to do band promotion in aylesbury at the Hop Pole.Am now 52 and still gigging.did download in 09,high voltage in 10,now have cancer but ......
too old to r'n'r too young too die

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[> [> Re: KNEBWORTH 1976 rolling stones lynyrd skynyrd -- Guzzi850, Mon, Apr 30 2012, 8:56:27

Hi, I was there - just finished my finals at Hatfield polytechnic the week before and went up with a few friends. What a day...and night!

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[> Re: KNEBWORTH 1976 rolling stones lynyrd skynyrd -- chris boughton, Sat, Dec 01 2012, 2:48:19

Went with my mate Pete and a big polystyrene box of dry ice. Of all the bands there, Lynyrd Skynyrd were by far the best. When they played FreeBird and at the same time the biplanes simulated dogfights, I was transported, The Stones were not so good, especially after such a long wait. That day will always be 'The 1st time music ever made me cry!', Thankyou Skynryd, sorely missed and always remembered. ChrisB

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[> Re: KNEBWORTH 1976 rolling stones lynyrd skynyrd -- Tony Phillips, Fri, Feb 08 2013, 23:28:02

Long hot day. Syrnyd rocked. Wasn't big fan of 10cc but thought their set was great. Don't recall much of the Stones!Left early Sunday, woke up in car too find our driver, Chris, asleep. We all lived somehow.

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[> Re: KNEBWORTH 1976 rolling stones lynyrd skynyrd -- Neil M, Sat, Mar 08 2014, 22:14:30

I was there in 76, I was 17. Me and two mates down from Doncaster. Absolutely fucking red hot day. I couldn't wait for the stones to come on as I was a massive fan. As stated there was a big delay and it was 2am before they got on. Just remember the crowd getting up on their feet as Lynyrd Skynryd came on stage. Thank god I was there that day. It makes the hairs stand up on the back of my neck every time I see a clip of the Skynyrd performance and it's great to be a part of one of the best gigs in History (by Skynyrd). Oh and the band I'd come to see (The Stones) where shite. Also remember the wanker on stage and sleeping in a door way in Welling Garden City until the buses started running. Still have the programme (40p).

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[> Re: KNEBWORTH 1976 rolling stones lynyrd skynyrd -- Nige Barton (knebworth 76), Thu, May 15 2014, 16:27:29

Yep, it was bloody hot that summer!I remember,rather than pay over the odds for canned beer,some mates and myself approached our local pub who agreed to sell us afull keg of beer and also lend us a gas bottle and tap!This we duly carted down to Knebworth and then set it up in the arena and enjoyed draught beer all day! Imagine THAT being allowed nowadays!! I guess most folkknow this but a large portion of Skynrd's great set is included on FREEBIRD THE MOVIE DVD,still available I believe.Nige

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