Southern rock Gods Lynyrd Skynyrd—or at least what’s left of them—have announced a massive final farewell tour, planning to leave the stage afterwards for good in the midst of a few of the post-1977 crash member’s declining health, including primary leader Gary Rossington who has suffered from heart issues over the past few years.
Starting May 4th in the band’s native state of Florida, and stretching until September 1st when they will circle back to Georgia, the “Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour” will also see many openers from the Southern rock world including Hank Williams Jr., Charlie Daniels Band, Bad Company, Marshall Tucker Band, .38 Special, Blackberry Smoke, Kid Rock, and Blackfoot on selected dates. They haven’t announced which openers are opening which dates at present.
Of course the original, most legendary lineup of Lynyrd Skynyrd was shattered when Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines, and backup singer Cassie Gaines all died in a plane crash on October 20th, 1977 in Mississippi. Ronnie’s younger brother Johnny Van Zandt took over lead vocals when the band first reunited in 1987. Other 70’s-era members like Ed King and Artimus Pyle no longer tour or record with the band either. Gary Rossington is the only founding member still playing with the band.
No word if previous members of the band will appear on the farewell tour. The current lineup is Gary Rossington, Johnny Van Zandt, Rickey Medlocke (who played briefly in the band in the 70’s), Michael Cartellone (joined in 1999), Mark Matejka, Peter Keys, and Keith Christopher.
Tickets will go on sale beginning Friday, Feb. 2 at 10:00 a.m. local time via Tickebastard. Don’t be surprised if more shows get added.
May 4 – Coral Sky Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach, Florida
May 5 – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa, Florida
May 11 – Starplex Pavilion, Dallas, Texas
May 12 – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Presented by Huntsman, Houston, Texas
May 18 – Ak-Chin Pavilion, Phoenix, Arizona
May 19 – Mattress Firm Amphitheatre, Chula Vista, California
May 25 – Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, California
May 26 – Glen Helen Amphitheater, San Bernadino, California
June 22 – PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, New Jersey
June 23 – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theatre, Wantagh, New York
June 29 – Coastal Credit Union Music Park, Raleigh, North Carolina
June 30 – PNC Music Pavilion, Charlotte, North Carolina
July 6 – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater, Virginia Beach, Virginia
July 7 – Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, Virginia
July 13 – Darien Lake Amphitheater, Darien, New York
July 14 – Xfinity Theatre, Hartford, Connecticut
July 20 – Xfinity Center, Mansfield, Massachusetts*
July 21 – Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel, New York
July 27 – Blossom Music Center, Cleveland, Ohio
July 28 – Hersheypark Stadium, Hershey, Pennsylvania
Aug. 3 – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, Tinley Park, Illinois
Aug. 4 – Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center, Noblesville, Indiana
Aug. 10 – DTE Energy Music Theatre, Detroit, Michigan+
Aug. 11 – Budweiser Stage, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Aug. 17 – Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
Aug. 18 – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, St. Louis, Missouri
Aug. 24 – Lakeview Amphitheatre, Syracuse, New York
Aug. 25 – KeyBank Pavilion, Burgettstown, Pennsylvania
Aug. 31 – Oak Mountain Amphitheatre, Pelham, AL
Sept. 1 – Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood, Atlanta, Georgia