Lynyrd Skynyrd have announced plans for a farewell tour in the US and Canada.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members will be supported by Bad Company, Hank Williams Jr and Kid Rock for their ‘Last Of The Street Survivors Farewell Tour’.
The tour kicks off in on May 4 at the Coral Sky Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach, Florida.
“It’s hard to imagine, after all these years, the band that Ronnie Van Zant, Allen Collins and myself started back in Jacksonville, would resonate for this long and to so many generations of fans. I’m certain they are looking down from above, amazed that the music has touched so many,” said Gary Rossington, original and founding member of Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Lead vocalist, Johnny Van Zant added: “We’ve been blessed by these great songs and the messages they carry to the fans. It’s been a true honour to try and fill in my brother’s footsteps for the past 31 years, keeping the music and his spirit alive.”
Skynyrd’s final tour comes 45 years after they released their 1973 debut ‘(Pronounced ‘Lĕh-‘nérd ‘Skin-‘nérd)’, which included Southern rock staples including ‘Gimme Three Steps’, ‘Simple Man’ and ‘Free Bird’.
The group released four more albums before frontman Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines, backup singer Cassie Gaines and more died in a 1977 plane crash.
Lynyrd Skynyrd reunited in 1987 with Ronnie’s brother, Johnny Van Zant, serving as lead singer.
Over the past three decades, the current incarnation of the group has toured and recorded a handful of albums, their last, ‘Last Of A Dyin’ Breed’, in 2012.
Rossington is the only Skynyrd co-founder still playing with the band, though guitarist Rickey Medlocke was briefly part of the group in the early Seventies.
They will play:
May 4 – West Palm Beach, Coral Sky Amphitheatre
May 5 – Tampa, Credit Union Amphitheatre
May 11 – Dallas, Starplex Pavilion
May 12 – Houston, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
May 18 – Phoenix, Ak-Chin Pavilion
May 19 – Chula Vista, Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
May 25 – Mountain View, Shoreline Amphitheatre
May 26 – San Bernardino, Glen Helen Amphitheater
June 22 – Holmdel, PNC Bank Arts Center
June 23 – Wantagh, Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theatre
June 29 – Raleigh, Coastal Credit Union Music Park
June 30 – Charlotte, PNC Music Pavilion
July 6 – Virginia Beach, Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
July 7 – Bristow, Jiffy Lube Live
July 13 – Darien Lake Amphitheater
July 14 – Hartford, Xfinity Theatre
July 20 – Mansfield, Xfinity Center
July 21 – Bethel, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
July 27 – Cleveland, Blossom Music Center
July 28 – Hershey, Hersheypark Stadium
August 3 – Tinley Park, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
August 4 – Noblesville, Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
August 10 – Detroit, DTE Energy Music Theatre
August 11 – Toronto, Budweiser Stage
August 17 – Cincinnati, Riverbend Music Center
August 18 – St. Louis, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
August 24 – Syracuse, Lakeview Amphitheatre
August 25 – Burgettstown, KeyBank Pavilion
August 31 – Pelham, Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
September 1 – Atlanta, Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood