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Lynyrd Skynyrd Suing Former Drummer Over Biopic

Lynyrd Skynyrd in 1973
Lynyrd Skynyrd in 1973

Lynyrd Skynyrd are suing the band’s former drummer Artimus Pyle over his unauthorized biopic based on the band’s history including the 1977 plane crash that killed several people, Rolling Stone reports.

The film, co-produced by Pyle and Cleopatra Records, is currently in production under the title Street Survivors: The True Story of the Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash.

According the lawsuit, filed by Gary Rossington, Johnny Van Zant and the estates of  members who died in the crash, the biopic is in violation of a 1988 consent order that states, “No such exploitation of life story rights is authorized which purports to be a history of the ‘Lynyrd Skynyrd’ band, as opposed to the life story of the applicable individual.”

A court date has been scheduled for July 11th.

Artimus Pyle was the drummer for the band from 1974 to 1977 and after the their hiatus, from 1987 to 1991.

The 1977 crash killed lead singer Ronnie Van Zant, band members Steve Gaines and Cassie Gaines, assistant road manager Dean Kilpatrick, pilot Walter McCreary and co-pilot William Gray.

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