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Lynyrd Skynyrd concert is Friday at Shooting Star Casino

Southern rockers will perform hits like "Free Bird" and "Sweet Home Alabama" at a sold-out concert this Friday, May 18 in Mahnomen's Shooting Star Casino, starting at 8 p.m.

Southern rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd are commemorating the late summer release of their 13th studio album, "Last Of A Dying Breed," with an extensive tour that stretches throughout Europe and North America, including a stop at Shooting Star Casino, Hotel and Event Center in Mahnomen this Friday, May 18 at 8 p.m.

After the show, concert attendees will have the chance to win one of 10 $100 cash drawings and/or a guitar autographed by the band, as part of the casino's month-long 20th Anniversary celebration. Tickets for the show are sold out.

This definitive Southern rock band fuses the power of blues-rock with a rebellious Southern image and hard rock swagger, and has exhilarated fans for more than five decades. When high school friends Ronnie Van Zant, Allen Collins and Gary Rossington formed a backyard band in the early '70s in Jacksonville, Florida, they had no idea of the national fame that awaited them. After adding another two members, the group chose the name Lynyrd Skynyrd--a mocking tribute to their gym teacher, Leonard Skinner, who was notorious for punishing students with long hair.

The group gained notoriety for their triple-guitar sound, which was showcased on "Free Bird," the track that earned the Lynyrd Skynyrd their first national exposure and still receives radio airplay 50 years after its release. Their second album, "Second Helping," featured the hit single "Sweet Home Alabama," which propelled the album upwards in the charts and subsequently caused it to go multi-platinum.

Lynyrd Skynyrd disbanded in the late 1970s following a devastating plane crash in which several band members, including lead vocalist Ronnie Van Zant, were killed. In the wake of the tragedy, the band's most recent album at the time, "Street Survivors," became one of their biggest hits. However, the band reunited 10 years later, and embarked on a reunion tour with Van Zant's younger brother, Johnny, as frontman. Following the tour, the newly re-formed Lynyrd Skynyrd began recording once again, and is still recording and performing popular rock music today.

With three double-platinum albums and ranked by Rolling Stone on their list of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time," Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Lynyrd Skynyrd is sure to deliver a rockin' performance on Friday