At first, it was to request the favourite music at live shows — and Skynyrd would fortunately oblige. The music is a traditional and folks go nuts for it.
However over time, yelling “Freebird” or “Play Freebird!” at random live shows, the place the music would positively not be within the artist or band’s repertoire, grew to become a type of heckling.
Even The Wall Avenue Journal has investigated its roots, but it surely’s not precisely clear how this custom acquired began.
It appears to have begun with a Chicago radio host by the identify of Kevin Matthews (or, at the very least, he takes credit score for it).
“Kevin Matthews … has exhorted his followers — the KevHeads — to yell “Freebird” for years, and claims to have originated the custom within the late 1980s, when he says he stumble on it as a strategy to torment Florence Henderson of Brady Bunch fame, who was giving a live performance,” VOA Information shares.
“He figured anyone ought to yell one thing at her ‘to interrupt up the monotony.’ The longtime Skynyrd fan settled on “Freebird,” saying the epic music ‘simply popped into my head.’”
So if you happen to’re not at a Skynyrd live performance, and persons are yelling “Freebird,” they’re busting on the artist and are usually not very into the efficiency. Burn.