A U.S. District Court judge ruled that a film about a legendary U.S. rock band cannot be distributed because it “violates a ‘blood oath’ surviving band members made not to exploit the band’s name and history,” the AP reports.
The band is Lynyrd Skynyrd, known for a string of 1970s hits including “Sweet Home Alabama,” “What’s Your Name?,” “Saturday Night Special,” “Gimme Three Steps” and the concert staple “Free Bird.”
“The decision by U.S. District Judge Robert Sweet was unsealed Monday at the request of a lawyer for a Los Angeles-based independent record label that planned to distribute the film, ‘Street Survivors: The True Story of the Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash,'” the AP reports, noting that the ruling was dated last Wednesday.
Ronnie Van Zant, lead singer and songwriter for the band, was killed along with guitarist Steve Gaines, backup singer Cassie Gaines, assistant road manager Dean Kilpatrick and both the pilot and co-pilot in a plane crash in Mississippi in October 1977 while the band was on tour. The same year the band released the final album from its classic period, “Street Survivors.”