SimpleCruiseMan.comLynyrd Skynyrd's sixth Simple Man Cruise sets sail this Saturday from Miami, and the Southern rock legends will be bringing The Doobie Brothers, The Outlaws and a bunch of other bands along for the musical voyage. The 2012 installment of the cruise will make stops in Key West, Florida, and Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas, before returning to port on October 31.
Speaking recently with ABC News Radio, Skynyrd guitarist Gary Rossington talked about what fans can expect from his group during the nautical extravaganza.
"We do a few shows every cruise and we do the meet-and-greets and a lot of photo sessions with the fans," he notes. "Sometimes after the show, everybody goes and…has little jam sessions in different rooms on the boat. And, we do question-and-answer things for the fans and just kinda [hang] out with 'em."
Rossington points out that, each year, the trip also includes some surprises, adding, "We try to do something special or something they don't know about."
The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer says another highlight for him is getting to visit the coastal areas and towns that the ship docks at during the day.
Meanwhile, The Outlaws, who released a new studio album titled It's About Pride last month, will be taking their second trip on a Simple Man Cruise this year. Drummer Monte Yoho says he and his band mates "had a blast" on their first cruise back in 2010.
"There was a lot of friends on that cruise that we were able to reconnect with and hang out with," he explains to ABC News Radio. "To me, it was like the 1970s redone, with all the groups that were on there -- especially [the ones] from our little inner circle of Southern rock groups…Everybody was just happy and it was a good feeling."
Outlaws singer/guitarist Henry Paul says he's particularly excited that The Doobie Brothers will be performing on this year's cruise.
"Monte and I are both good friends with them having ****** with them for quite a while in our earlier years," he notes, "and [guitarist] Pat Simmons and I have remained friends over the years."
Paul says this will be the first time ***** get to see the Doobies with original frontman Tom Johnston, since The Outlaws had ****** with the group when Michael McDonald was its lead singer.
He adds, "Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Outlaws and The Doobie Brothers, that's a pretty snazzy bill."
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