Lynyrd Skynyrd Cancel Upcoming Shows After Rickey Medlocke Tests Positive For COVID-19

Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Rickey Medlocke has tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, the band’s next four shows have been cancelled. The group commented:

“Skynyrd Nation, Due to unforeseen circumstances, Lynyrd Skynyrd is unable to perform the next four shows in Canton, OH, Jackson, MI, Atlanta, GA and Cullman, AL. Longtime band member Rickey Medlocke has tested positive for COVID-19. Rickey is home resting and responding well to treatment. We will continue to update you on his condition. The show in Atlanta, GA on Friday, August 13 is being rescheduled and will now be Saturday, October 23.”

Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Gary Rossington Recovering From Emergency Heart Surgery

Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Gary Rossington is currently recovering from emergency heart surgery. As a result, the guitarist will be missing the band’s upcoming shows.

The group commented:

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Gary Rossington as he recovers from emergency heart surgery.

Gary is home resting and recovering with his family at home. He wants everyone to know he is doing good and expects a full recovery.

After this past year, the country being shut down and everything we have all been thru, The Rossington’s encouraged the band to go perform in his absence. Music is a powerful healer!

We all felt playing the shows and bringing the music to y’all was a better option than canceling the performances.

We wish Gary a speedy recovery and we will see the Skynyrd Nation very soon!

Please do us a favor and say some prayers for the Rossington family and if you would like to leave him a (positive) message please do! He will look forward to reading them!”

Lynyrd Skynyrd Announce U.S. Tour

Lynyrd Skynyrd have announced a headlining U.S. tour. Guitarist Gary Rossington said the following about the trek in a new video message:

“Covid turned our world upside down. And since that time, we have been talking amongst the band, and realized that music has such a way of healing. Maybe it’s not our time to go. And maybe it’s our time to lift people’s spirits and lives and bring back some joy and happiness after so much turmoil this past year. We’re still standing, still keeping the music going.”

Tour Dates:

06/13 Forest City, IA – Country Thunder Iowa
06/18 Ft. Worth, TX – Billy Bob’s Texas
06/19 Ft. Worth, TX – Billy Bob’s Texas
07/22 Shakopee, MN – Twin Cities Summer Jam
07/23 Minot, ND – North Dakota State Fair
08/09 Canton, OH – Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium
08/10 Jackson, MI – Jackson County Fair
08/13 Atlanta, GA – Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood
08/14 Cullman, AL – Rock The South
08/19 Canandaigua, NY – CMAC
08/20 Bethel, NY – Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
08/22 Wildwood, NJ – Barefoot Country Music Festival
08/27 Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
08/28 Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center
09/03 Paducah, KY – Touchdowns and Tunes Tailgate Party
09/04 Durant, OK – Choctaw Grand Theater
09/17 Selbyville, DE – Freeman Arts Pavilion
09/18 Doswell, VA – After Hours Concerts at the Meadow Event Park
09/23 Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center
09/27 Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheater
10/01 Irvine, CA – FivePoint Amphitheater
10/02 Laughlin, NV – Laughlin Event Center
10/08 Noblesville, IN – Ruoff Music Center
10/09 Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
11/05 Knoxville, TN – Thompson Boling Arena
11/06 Charleston, WV – Charleston Coliseum
11/13 Greensboro, NC – Greensboro Coliseum
11/14 Daytona Beach, FL – Welcome to Rockville
11/19 Bossier City, LA – Brookshire Grocery Arena

Lynyrd Skynyrd To Release “Live At Knebworth ’76” In April

Eagle Rock Entertainment have announced that Lynyrd Skynyrd’s new live effort, “Lynyrd Skynyrd: Live At Knebworth ’76,” will be released as a DVD/CD, a Blu-ray/CD, a limited edition 2LP/DVD, and digitally on April 9. The set was recorded during the band’s legendary August 21,1976 show in England.

“Live At Knebworth ’76” Track Listing:

01. “Workin’ For The MCA”
02. “I Ain’t The One”
03. “Saturday Night Special”
04. “Searching”
05. “Whiskey Rock-A-Roller”
06. “Travelin’ Man”
07. “Gimme Three Steps”
08. “Call Me The Breeze”
09. “T For Texas”
10. “Sweet Home Alabama”
11. “Free Bird”

The Blu-ray will also include the group’s 2018 documentary “If I Leave Here Tomorrow: A Film About Lynyrd Skynyrd.”

Watch Trailer For Lynyrd Skynyrd “Street Survivors” Film

A new trailer has been released for “Street Survivors: The True Story Of The Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash.” The biopic focuses on the plane crash that claimed the lives of several members of Lynyrd Skynyrd from the perspective of drummer Artimus Pyle. The film recently premiered at the Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival and it is expected to receive a VOD/Blu-ray release on June 30 via Cleopatra Etertainment.

Release Date Revealed For Lynyrd Skynyrd “Street Survivors” Film

A new biopic focusing on the plane crash that claimed the lives of several members of Lynyrd Skynyrd has received an official release date. The movie, which is titled “Street Survivors: The True Story Of The Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash,” will premiere at the Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival on February 16, before hitting theaters in the spring. It will also receive a video and on demand release on June 30, along with the soundtrack. The film focuses on the crash from the perspective of former drummer Artimus Pyle, who survived the horrific incident. He commented:

“This film’s story – MY story – is not just about the plane crash but also about my personal relationship with the genius that was Ronnie Van Zant – whom I loved like a brother and still miss to this day.”

Lynyrd Skynyrd Recruit Styx, 38 Special, Black Stone Cherry, Etc. For 2020 “Simple Man Jam” Festival

Lynyrd Skynyrd have announced that their 2020 “Simple Man Jam” festival will take place at the Rosen Shingle Creek hotel in Orlando, Florida on August 20-24. The event will find the band playing two separate sets and it will also feature performances from: Styx, Blackberry Smoke, Charlie Daniels Band, 38 Special, Shooter Jennings, Drivin’ N Cryin’, Black Stone Cherry, and Bishop Gun.

Lynyrd Skynyrd Announce 2020 Leg Of Their “Last Of The Street Survivors” Farewell Tour

Lynyrd Skynyrd have announced the 2020 leg of their “Last Of The Street Survivors” farewell tour. Travis Tritt will open on select dates.

Tour Dates:

03/07 Savannah, GA – Martin Luther King Jr. Arena
03/08 Plant City, FL – Strawberry Festival (with Eli Young Band)
03/13 Fresno, CA – Save Mart Center (with Travis Tritt)
03/14 Reno, NV – Reno Events Center (with Travis Tritt)
03/20 Tupelo, MS – BancorpSouth Arena (with Travis Tritt)
03/21 Bossier City, LA – CenturyLink Center (with Travis Tritt)
04/17 Allentown, PA – PPL Center (with Travis Tritt)
04/18 Providence, RI – Dunkin’ Donuts Center (with Travis Tritt)
04/24 Madison, WI – Coliseum at Alliant Energy Center (with Travis Tritt)
04/25 Ft Wayne, IN – Allen County War Memorial Coliseum (with Travis Tritt)
05/01 Knoxville, TN – Thompson-Boling Arena
05/02 Charlotte, NC – Epicenter Festival 2020
05/08 Pikeville, KY – Appalachian Wireless Arena (with Travis Tritt)
06/13 Forest City, IA – Country Thunder Iowa
07/31 Indianapolis, IN – The Amphitheater at White River State Park
08/20-24 Orlando, FL – Lynyrd Skynyrd & Frynds Simple Man Jam at Shingle Creek Resort

“I’ll Never Forget You: The Last 72 Hours Of Lynyrd Skynyrd” To Receive DVD Release In December

Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “I’ll Never Forget You: The Last 72 Hours Of Lynyrd Skynyrd” documentary is set to be released on DVD on December 13 via MVD Visual. You can pre-order the film via Amazon.

The following description was shared:

Survivors firsthand accounts of the wild times, the 72 hours leading to the crash, the crash itself & its aftermath.

Based on the book ”I’ll Never Forget You” by Gene Odom.

At the height of its fame in 1977, the popular southern rock band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, was struck with tragedy–a plane crash that killed the band’s founder and lead singer Ronnie Van Zant along with Steve Gaines, backup singer Cassie Gaines, assistant road manager Dean Kilpatrick, pilot Walter McCreary and co-pilot William Gray.

I’ll Never Forget You: The Last 72 Hours of Lynyrd Skynyrd chronicles the story of three survivors: security guard Gene Odom, lead backup singer Leslie Hawkins and guitar tech Craig Reed. These survivors give their firsthand accounts of the wild times of the band, the 72 hours leading to the crash, the harrowing crash itself and its aftermath.

The documentary features original behind-the-scenes film footage of life with the band before the crash, dramatic reenactments illustrating key dramatic scenes, and high-end CG animations–including a simulation of the plane crash that matches the NTSB report. Rare interviews with four first responders were also captured, filmed on location at the crash site in Gillsburg, Mississippi. Based on Gene’s book, I’ll Never Forget You, this documentary offers the fond remembrance of one man’s journey with this legendary band, but more importantly, the loss of his dearest friend. Gene’s unique perspective and down-to-earth sensibility grants unique access to the behind-the-scenes story, the celebration and the tragedy. The film weaves the three survivors’ stories together to paint a picture of what might have been and the web of tragic decisions leading to the plane crash that forever altered their lives–and Lynyrd Skynyrd’s place in history.

Former Lynyrd Skynyrd & 38 Special Bassist Larry “L.J.” Junstrom Passes Away

Larry “L.J.” Junstrom has sadly passed away at the age of 70. The bassist was a founding member of Lynyrd Skynyrd and a longtime member of 38 Special.

Lynyrd Skynyrd commented:

“Rest Easy, LJ, you will always be remembered as the big man, on the big bass with the even bigger heart! Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”

38 Special also issued a statement:

“The Big Man on the Big Bass has left us.

He rocked arenas all over the world and succeeded in living his dream.

He was truly one of a kind, a congenial traveling companion and a great friend to all with a humorous slant on life that always kept our spirits high – a kind man with a big heart for everyone who crossed his path. There will never be another like him.

We are sending our devoted love, strength and comfort to his wife Thania and Larry’s family. We will miss our friend and partner.

Larry “L.J.” Junstrom
1949 – 2019”