On Sunday night (September 2nd) Lynyrd Skynyrd wrapped the first leg of its two-year "Last Of The Street Survivors Farewell Tour" at Jacksonville, Florida's TIAA Bank Field in front of a massive crowd of 44,487 fans. Also on the bill for what just may be the legendary band's final hometown gig were friends both old and new, including the Charlie Daniels Band, the Marshall Tucker Band, Kid Rock, Blackberry Smoke, and Jason Aldean.

Frontman Johnny Van Zant took over lead vocal duties over 30 years ago when he stepped in for his late-older brother Ronnie Van Zant, and told The Florida Times-Union, "There are a lot of people who thought this was going to be our last show, forever, here in Jacksonville. That’s not true. We still have places that we need to do." Guitarist Rickey Medlocke added: "We’ve got fans all over the world. . . You can’t just say we’re only going to do the United States and then shut it down. Those people would be so upset."

Johnny Van Zant told us that the best of Lynyrd Skynyrd's music has always seemed to defy genres: "They gave us a tag years ago of 'Southern Rock,' and to me I always thought that must mean it's 'Country Rock,' which is the truth, and around our house we were listening to Merle Haggard and George Jones, but we also watched Ed Sullivan and saw Elvis Presley and the Beatles, too, and loved all that stuff too, so there's no boundaries in music these days."

AUDIO: JOHNNY VAN ZANT ON SOUTHERN ROCK