1977: 6/11/1977: Outdoor Rock Concert at JFK in Philadelphia, PA.
Peter Frampton returned from a seven-month lay-off and played with Lynyrd Skynyrd
and The J. Geils Band before 91,000 fans (including Baltimore Bob) on June 11, 1977.
JFK stadium was demolished & now is the current location of the Philly Center.
Just months later on October 20, 1977, just three days after the release of Street Survivors,
and five shows into their most successful headlining tour to date, Lynyrd Skynyrd's
chartered Convair CV-300 ran out of fuel near the end of their flight from Greenville,
South Carolina, where they had just performed at the Greenville Memorial Auditorium,
to LSU in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Though the pilots attempted an emergency landing
on a small airstrip, the plane crashed in a forest in Gillsburg, Mississippi.
Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines, Cassie Gaines, assistant road manager Dean Kilpatrick,
pilot Walter McCreary and co-pilot William Gray were killed on impact;
the other band members (Collins, Rossington, Wilkeson, Powell, Pyle, and Hawkins)
and road crew suffered serious injuries.