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”

Lynyrd Skynyrd Postpone Immediate Tour Dates After Guitarist Gary Rossington Undergoes Heart Surgery

Lynyrd Skynyrd have postponed this weekend’s shows in Las Vegas, NV and Wheatland, CA due to guitarist Gary Rossington needing more time to recover after undergoing surgery for a leaky heart valve. The Las Vegas show will now take place on October 18 and the Wheatland show will now take place on October 19.

The band issued the below statement:

“Due to illness, Lynyrd Skynyrd must postpone shows for their Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour this weekend. The Friday, Aug. 16, date at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV has been rescheduled for Friday, Oct. 18, and the Saturday, Aug. 17, performance at Toyota Amphitheatre in Wheatland, CA for Saturday, Oct. 19. Bad Company will remain as Co-Headline, special guest for the rescheduled Las Vegas date on Oct. 18. Tickets purchased for the original August 16 and 17 dates will be honored for the rescheduled dates in October.

Guitarist and original member of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Gary Rossington, has been experiencing fatigue and other symptoms related to a leaky heart valve. Rossington underwent a procedure on July 31 to repair the valve. To allow him proper time to recover the band must reschedule the upcoming tour dates. Rossington is expected to make a full recovery.”

Vocalist Johnny Van Zant added:

“We all appreciate the well wishes for Gary and apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. But he can’t wait to come back and perform at 100 percent for the fans. We will see you all soon!”

Lynyrd Skynyrd Add More U.S. Dates To Their Farewell Tour

Lynyrd Skynyrd have added another U.S. leg to their “Last Of The Street Survivors Farewell Tour.” Bad Company, Hank Williams Jr., and Cody Jinks will join them on select dates.

Tour Dates:

04/27 Indio, CA – Stagecoach
05/10 Tuscaloosa, AL – Tuscaloosa Amphitheater (with Cody Jinks)
05/11 Arlington, TX – KAABOO Texas
05/17 New Orleans, LA – Smoothie King Center (with Hank Williams Jr.)
05/18 Lafayette, LA – Cajundome (with Hank Williams Jr.)
05/24 Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
05/31 Gilford, NH – Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion (with Hank Williams Jr.)
06/01 Bangor, ME – Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion (with Hank Williams Jr.)
07/13 Canandaigua, NY – Constellation Brands–Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center: CMAC
07/19 Welch, MN – Treasure Island Resort & Casino
07/20 Walker, MN – Moondance Jam
07/26 Portland, OR – Sunlight Supply Amphitheater (with Bad Company)
07/27 Seattle, WA – White River Amphitheatre (with Bad Company
08/09 Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater
08/16 Las Vegas, NV – T-Mobile Arena
08/17 Wheatland, CA – Toyota Amphitheatre
08/23 Irvine, CA – FivePoint Amphitheatre presented by Mercury Insurance
08/30 Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion (with Hank Williams Jr.)
08/31 Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center (with Hank Williams Jr.)
09/13 Southaven, MS – Bank Plus Amphitheater (with Cody Jinks)
09/14 Alpharetta, GA – Ameris Bank Amphitheatre (with Cody Jinks)
09/20 Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheater (with Cody Jinks)
09/21 Denver, CO – Fiddler’s Green
09/27 Jackson, MS – Brandon Amphitheater (with Cody Jinks)
09/28 Orange Beach, AL – The Wharf Amphitheater (with Cody Jinks)

Lynyrd Skynyrd Share “Sweet Home Alabama” Live Video From “Live In Atlantic City” Release

Lynyrd Skynyrd have shared a new live video for “Sweet Home Alabama” from their new live release “Live in Atlantic City.” That effort will be released on September 21 and it will feature a show the band played at the Decades Rock Arena with special guests 3 Doors Down, Hank Williams Jr., and Bo Bice. It will be available as a CD/Blu-ray Digipak, two-LP vinyl set, DVD, Blu-ray, and digital download. The DVD and Blu-ray will also come with “Lynyrd Skynyrd Confidential” as an added bonus.

Ed King (Ex-Lynyrd Skynyrd) Dead At 68

Former Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Ed King has passed away at the age of 68. An official cause of death has yet to be revealed, but he had reportedly been battling lung cancer and had recently been hospitalized. R.I.P.

King’s family issued a statement on Facebook:

“It is with great sorrow we announce the passing of Ed King who died at his home in Nashville, Tennessee on August 22nd, 2018. We thank his many friends and fans for their love and support of Ed during his life and career.”

Lynyrd Skynyrd founder Gary Rossington also commented:

“I’ve just found out about Ed’s passing and I’m shocked and saddened. Ed was our brother, and a great songwriter and guitar player. I know he will be reunited with the rest of the boys in Rock and Roll Heaven. Our thoughts and prayers are with Sharon and his family.”

King was known for being one of co-writers of “Sweet Home Alabama.” He was also a founding member of Strawberry Alarm Clock as well.

[via Blabbermouth]