Lynyrd Skynyrd members have fought to control the way their story is portrayed onscreen but their new doco is something they can be happy with.
Gary Rossington and Johnny Van Zant opened up about their responses to If I Leave Here Tomorrow after the movie's premiere at this year's South by Southwest film festival program admitting that watching their story up on the big screen was enough to leave them feeling deeply emotional.
"All the other documentaries were negative, and they really didn’t show how when we started, we were brothers," Rossington told Yahoo! Entertainment. "We’d die for each other. We grew up together, you know? We were so happy, and it was a family. [Other films] made it sound like we were all mad at each other. It wasn’t like that at all."
"I think you take any big family out here — go ahead, take a poll — and there’s going to be death, there’s going to be tragedy," added Van Zant. "Gregg Allman said it best. He said, ‘If you live long enough, you’re going to experience tragedy and triumphs.’ That’s what Lynyrd Skynyrd’s been, and what Allman’s been too. It wouldn’t be Lynyrd Skynyrd without that, you know? That’s God’s will and His way, and that’s why we’re sitting here today."
Source: Ultimate Classic Rock