Lynyrd Skynrd to Stop Using Confederate Flag -
Southern rock veterans Lynyrd Skynrd have caused anger amongst some fans by announcing they will no longer be using the Confederate Flag, reports Ultimate Classic Rock.
For much of the their storied career the flag had featured
heavily in the band's artwork and on merch and was ever prominente
at their live shows.
The band's lone original member, guitarist Gary Rossington, recently told CNN that the group has never recognized the racial divide that some believes the flag represent.
As he explained,
"Through the years, people like the KKK and skinheads kinda kidnapped the Dixie or Southern flag from its tradition and the heritage of the soldiers. That's what it's all about. We didn't want that to go to our fans or show the image like we agreed with any of the race stuff or any of the bad things."
The confederate flag was flown by the confederacy of 11 southern "slave" states who seceded from America during the Civil War.