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Lynyrd Skynyrd Guitarist Rickey Medlocke Flips Off Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Following Snub

Lynyrd Skynyrd Guitarist Rickey Medlocke Flips Off Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Following Snub

Lynyrd Skynyrd’s guitarist Rickey Medlocke is strumming the chords of controversy over the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. However, the veteran musician has cause for his beef with the Hall.

Medlocke initially played drums and sang with Skynyrd from 1971 to 1972. He then went back to his former band, Blackfoot. He later rejoined Skynyrd as a guitarist in 1996 and has been performing with them since.

Medlocke’s drumming and vocals were featured on the 1977 album Street Survivors, including the original 1971 demo of “One More Time,” and on the 1978 compilation album Skynyrd’s First and… Last released after the tragic plane crash that took the lives of singer Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines, and vocalist Cassie Gaines.

Despite his notable contributions, the Rock Hall snubbed Medlocke. They didn’t recognize him as a classic-era member of Lynyrd Skynyrd for induction. “The thing that was kind of a blow to me was that I didn’t get invited. I didn’t get inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame with the band,” Medlocke recently admitted to Iridium Rock and Metal Reviews.

“The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame stated that I have not had any link or that I wasn’t significant to the career. It didn’t want me being inducted with them,” he added. Medlocke then spoke a more universal language by extending his middle finger. “Here’s what I say to them,” he declared.

The Lynyrd Skynyrd Guitarist Tries Not to Sweat the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Snub

However, Medlocke tries not to sweat the Hall’s snub. The veteran musician finds validation elsewhere, with his fans. “I mean, I’m watching them induct people that I go, ‘What? Are you kidding me?’ But you know what? That’s OK. It is what it is,” he explained. “My Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is the fans out there and the music that I play and the band that I play in, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and my own stuff.”

Medlocke, with Lakota Sioux and Cherokee heritage, reminisced about his induction into the Native American Music Hall of Fame in 2008. “You know, I got inducted to the Native American Music Hall of Fame, and my speech was, I stood up at the podium, and I looked around, and I went, ‘Wow. This is way better than any damn Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction could be.’”

Medlocke and Lynyrd Skynyrd are gearing up for their next adventure. They are set to launch a fresh leg of the Sharp Dressed Simple Man tour alongside ZZ Top. It kicks off Friday, March 8, in Savannah, Georgia. For the ultimate fan experience, stalk their tour dates at lynyrdskynyrd.com.