After more than three decades together, 38 SPECIAL continue to bring their
signature blast of Southern Rock to over 100 cities a year. And at each and
every show, thousands of audience members are amazed by the explosive power
of the band's performance.
Their many Gold and Platinum album awards stand in testament to the
endurance of a legendary powerhouse.
With sales in excess of 20 million, most associate the band with their
arena-rock pop smashes, “Hold On Loosely,” “Rockin’ Into the Night,” “Caught
Up in You,” “Fantasy Girl,” “If I’d Been the One,” “Back Where You Belong,”
“Chain Lightnin’,” “Second Chance,” and more – Timeless hits that remain a
staple at radio, immediately recognizable from the first opening chord, and
paving the way to their present-day touring regimen.
The co-founders of the group, vocalist DONNIE VAN ZANT and
guitarist/vocalist DON BARNES, say it's all about maintaining that intensity
in their live shows. Barnes says, “We never wanted to be one of those bands
that had maybe gotten a little soft or complacent over the years. We're a
team, and it's always been kind of an unspoken rule that we don’t slack up,
we stack up. We go out there every night to win.”
It is that steely determination that lives on in the hearts of these
‘Wild-Eyed Southern Boys.'
Completing the team is guitarist/vocalist DANNY CHAUNCEY, bassist LARRY "L.J.”
JUNSTROM, drummer GARY MOFFATT and keyboardist/vocalist BOBBY CAPPS. For 38
Special onstage, it is a celebration of camaraderie and brotherhood, a
precision unit bringing the dedication and honesty to a long history of
classic songs, as well as surprisingly fresh new material.
Since 1976, the band has released more than 15 albums. And from the start,
they’ve toured relentlessly, bringing their signature brand of ‘muscle and
melody’ to fans worldwide.
Donnie Van Zant adds, "This music keeps our wheels on the road. We're a band
that's tried to stay honest with what has driven us over the years. We
started out with nothing but bold determination to make our own history and
to endure. Looking back now, it has been our greatest pride to have
persevered and attained that level of success and longevity. For us, it's
the ultimate validation.”
Van Zant is a unique driving force for the band, with an unending spirit
that propels the rest to consistently take it up a notch. His name is
synonymous with Southern Rock royalty. He is the brother of Rock and Roll
Hall of Famer Ronnie Van Zant, the late iconic singer and founder of Lynyrd
Around the fall of 2009, the notion of releasing a new live album started to
take precedent. The band felt that their in-concert offering many years
before had lacked in sound quality not yet available in the
technologically-advanced decade since. Additionally, a need to showcase a
new spirit of 38 Special was growing, a band that had matured into a tighter
unit after three decades on the road, with an innate ability to read each
other on the stage.