Robert Louis ‘Bob’ Burns (born November 24, 1950) is an American drummer who was in the original line-up of the Southern rock bandLynyrd Skynyrd. Burns helped to form the band in 1964 with Gary Rossington and Larry Junstrom and remained until 1974, although by some accounts he left the band for a while during the early 1970s. Burns plays on the band’s earliest demos, recorded in 1970, but on the album Skynyrd’s First and… Last, a collection of early demos, the drum parts of the songs recorded in 1971 are played by Rickey Medlocke. That album also contains songs recorded in 1972 which feature Burns on drums, suggesting that Burns may have left the band in 1971 and had returned by 1972. During a brief period in the early 1970s, Rickey Medlocke occasionally played alongside Burn on drums for live shows, a two-drummer line-up similar to The Allman Brothers Band.
In addition to Skynyrd’s First And… Last, Burns also played on the band’s first two official albums: (Pronounced ‘Lĕh-’nérd ‘Skin-’nérd) and Second Helping. Burns left in 1974 due to being overwhelmed by life on the road, and was replaced by Artimus Pyle. In 1996, he participated in a performance to promote Freebird: The Movie. On March 13, 2006, he rejoined Lynyrd Skynyrd for one performance as he played alongside Gary Rossington, Billy Powell, Ed King, Artimus Pyle and the Honkettesat the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction.
Burns currently lives in Cartersville, GA, Where he still hits the road with the Southern Rock allstars, a lineup of the all the best Southern Rock has to offer. He is also still active in the community, and charitable whether it be with his devotion to animals taking in and finding homes for strays, attending meetings, where he helps out people going through familiar struggles, or be it helping up and coming nationals like Six Shot Revival, helping them to repen the classic Skynyrd song Mississippi Kid, and even joining them on stage to play a few tunes in 2011. Anything Bob can do to be helpful, and make people happy he will. Be looking for Bob Burns on the Rock Legends Cruise 2013!