Credit: Black Sabbath: Glenn A. Baker/Redferns/Retna

I can still remember the first time I heard Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Southern rock fable “Freebird.” Way back in 1994. Sean Penn’s future-wife was contemplating suicide from a hotel ledge. So what if it happened at a 4:30 matinee of Forrest Gump — it still meant something to me! And so does the announcement that Skynyrd — along with heavy metalists Black Sabbath (left — that’s Ozzy in the red shirt), jazz legend Miles Davis, New Wave pioneers Blondie, and the Queen-saving Sex Pistols — will be part of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s class of 2006. Ah, good times. (Raises lighter.)

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