This makes a lot of sense. This is in fact the first covers band I have been in and therefore the first time I have been forced into learning songs. In learning songs alone I have noticed a vast improvement in my playing.
Luckily for me, Skynyrd and ACDC happen to be 2 of my favourite bands, closely behind Queen, so your suggestion of learning their licks will be a great helps.
Thanks for the advice. Its great to have another viewpoint and its certainly one that I will use!