Lynyrd Skynyrd re-united in 1987. Second Helping formed after attending a 1987 Lynyrd Skynyrd rehearsal.
Founding member Chris McCallister attended a rehearsal after being invited by his friend and Skynyrd guitarist, Ed King. During the rehearsal, Chris was just amazed at the unbelievable tightness that Skynyrd had after 10 years of not playing with each other. During a break Chris was chatting with the Skynyrd members and asked, “How long are you guys going to do this?” They said, “Just this year. We are only doing a certain amount of shows as a tribute to the fans.” Chris replied, “Wow, are you kidding? Someone should do a tribute to you!” Skynyrd guitarist Gary Rossington laughed and said, “What? Like Beatlemania?” McCallister went back to Tampa and began forming his tribute band to Skynyrd. At first, his band Next Exit, did a set of Skynyrd; it went over well! Then they did two sets; it went over. Next Exit broke up and that paved the way to form a full-on tribute.
By 1988, Second Helping began playing, they signed with Lustig Entertainment and began touring. Through the years Second Helping has maintained their friendship with original Skynyrd members, Ed King, Leon Wilkeson, Billy Powell, and Lacy Van Zant. Today Second Helping and Skynyrd guitarist Randall Hall remain good friends and from time to time get to share the stage. Guitarist from Second Helping were actually taught the guitar parts from some of the Skynyrd guitarists (Ed King/Randall Hall).
Second Helping was one of the first tribute shows in America. They have played all over the United States, Canada, and Mexico. They were the only tribute to play on MTV, live. Second Helping continues to play across the United States, paying their respects to the friends and Hall of Famers, Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Second Helping is much more than a Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute band; it is a showcase for classic Skynyrd music. Expect a big show, a big sound, and an evening that will bring you back to a time of youth, fun, and hope. Expect every note to be exact. They come with the full compliment of a Lynyrd Skynyrd show.
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