Southern-rock heroes Lynyrd Skynyrd have just announced a show at the Hard Rock Casino Vancouver.

And it's on a Friday, which is pretty close to a "Saturday Night Special."

As anyone who's followed the band from its early-'70s beginnings knows, Skynyrd's story is composed of the highest highs and lowest lows.

The lowest was the bizarre 1977 plane crash that killed original singer Ronnie Van Zant and fiercely talented guitarist Steve Gaines, as well as Gaines' backup-singer sister Cassie and the group's road manager, Dean Kilpatrick.

Check out good ol' Steve-O goin' to town with some slide on "T For Texas" back in '77.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has made some silly-ass moves over the years, nominating lame-o acts like Chic and inducting Cat Stevens while leaving more deserving nominees such as Link Wray and Deep Purple--artists who actually rock--out in the cold.

Well, just yesterday the Rock Hall took a sizeable step away from being perceived as total bumbling idiots by finally inducting legendary Texas guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan and his band Double Trouble into its hallowed institution.

Couldn't make it out last night? You missed the Beat 94.5's Denai Johnson at Fortune for the club's Hip Hop Karaoke 5 Year Anniversary. Newsha Towfigh was there and caught a moment of the show on Instagram. Here's your concert pic of the morning. Denai Johnson at Fortune Sound Club for the Hip Hop Karaoke 5 Year Anniversary on December 15, 2014. Thanks to Newsha. Shout out to Andy Milonakis.

Thanks to a tweet from the fine folks at JamBase I just caught wind of a video of David Gilmour performing the Pink Floyd classic "Wish You Were Here" with some indie-rock band called Bombay Bicycle Club.

Hey, wasn't that the name of a Vancouver nightclub back in the day? Sounds familiar.

Anyway, Gilmour performed with BBC last Saturday at London's Earls Court because it was the last-ever gig at the famed venue before it gets demolished. Pink Floyd had played there many times over the years, and recorded live there as well.

If you were big fan of guitar-based rock in the '70s and your head wasn't too far up your ass you probably listened to Robin Trower, the bluesy British picker who released a string of soulful albums heavy on the Hendrix that went gold on the charts and in my rock-lovin' heart as well.

Now Fender guitars has issued the Robin Trower signature Stratocaster, and guitar technician Greg Koch has shot a video demonstrating how awesome it is.

I like the way he integrates little bits of Deep Purple's "Woman From Tokyo" and Dick Dale's "Miserlou" into the demo. He also throws in some riffs from Trower's "Bridge of Sighs" and "Day of the Eagle" in case you forgot who the model was named after.

The hairstyles were out of this world. And the importance of the cause—fighting famine in Africa—was indisputable.

They came together in a 1985 charity single called "Tears Are Not Enough", written by Bryan Adams, Jim Vallance, and David Foster. Performers included Canadian superstars Neil Young, Geddy Lee, Joni Mitchell, Anne Murray, and Gordon Lightfoot, among others.

My colleague at the Straight, Craig Takeuchi, tweeted earlier today that perhaps Canadian musicians might want  to record a new version of the song to raise funds to fight the Ebola virus in Africa.

Couldn't make it out last night? You missed American electronic-rock duo Phantogram at the Vogue. Sheena Conroe was there and caught a moment of the show on Instagram. Here’s your concert pic of the morning. Phantogram at the Vogue Theatre on December 14, 2014. Thanks Sheena.

Vancouver-born Stephanie Moseley, a dancer and aspiring actor, was reported dead on December 8 in Los Angeles in what police have determined to be a murder-suicide.

L.A. police responded to calls about gunshots fired and a woman screaming at an apartment complex. LAPD's SWAT team found the bodies of 30-year-old Moseley and her husband, 34-year-old rapper Earl Hayes.

Moseley had studied dance at Pacific Dance Arts in Vancouver, the Kirkwood Academy of Performing Arts in Nanaimo, and Danzmode Productions in Burnaby.

Steve Hackett, the British guitar legend who played Vancouver last night, just tweeted a picture of himself at Jericho Beach.

"Last gig of the N. America tour in Vancouver was tremendous...", he said. "Today visited the special area where I lived at age 7."

Hackett lived in Vancouver for four months when his parents moved here from England in 1957.

Just imagine how the local music scene might have benefited if he hadn't moved back so soon!

At the Vogue Theatre last night former Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett and his killer band performed the best-loved songs from his old group's '70s heyday.

Those included "The Fountain of Salmacis" from 1971's Nursery Cryme, the seven-part "Supper's Ready" from 1972's Foxtrot, "Firth of Fifth" from my personal fave, 1973's Selling England By the Pound, "Fly on a Windshield" from 1974's double-album The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, and "Squonk" from 1976's Trick of the Tail.

Hey, what about 1975?

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