I snagged this a while back from Michael’s blog and have been meaning to post it here: Rock’s Oldest Joke: Yelling ‘Freebird!’ in a Crowded Theater — It’s a Request, a Rebuke, a Cry from the Heart, a Tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd
Quite a good read, and finally answering the age-old question of how the gag started. “Yelling “Freebird!” has been a rock clichÃ© for years, guaranteed to elicit laughs from drunks and scorn from music fans who have long since tired of the joke.”
Now you too can impress someone at the next social gathering with this useless blather. ;)
Interesting sidenote: Jim’s parents went to college with the “VanZant boys”. Jim’s mom has shown me the signatures in her autograph book, from when they were in a band prior to Skynard.