Lynyrd Skynyrd Co-Founder: The Confederate Flag Will Stay In The Show
Backtracking on a statement given to CNN, Lynyrd Skynyrd's sole surviving co-founder Gary Rossington says the band will continue to fly the Confederate flag in its shows. Rossington, who said that the co-opting of the flag by the KKK and skinheads led some to believe that Skynyrd was also bigoted, set the record straight in a message posted on LynyrdSkynyrd.com:
I wanted to clarify the discussion of the Confederate Flag in our recent CNN interview. Myself, the past members and the present members (that are from the South), are all extremely proud of our heritage and being from the South. We know what the Dixie flag represents and its heritage; the Civil War was fought over States rights. We still utilize the Confederate (Rebel) flag on stage every night in our shows, we are and always will be a Southern American Rock band, first and foremost. We also utilize the state flag of Alabama and the American flag as well, 'cause at the end of the day, we are all Americans. I only stated my opinion that the confederate flag, at times, was unfairly being used as a symbol by various hate groups, which is something that we don't support the flag being used for. The Confederate flag means something more to us, Heritage not Hate.
- Gary Rossington.