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!”

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Guns N’ Roses, Nine Inch Nails, Blink-182, White Zombie, Limp Bizkit, Etc. Master Recordings Reportedly Lost In 2008 UMG Fire

The New York Times recently shared a report on the 2008 fire at Universal Studios Hollywood that reportedly exposed the fact that numerous master recordings were destroyed. Now, the publication has followed up with a much larger list of affected artists. They include: Aerosmith, Audioslave, Nuno Bettencourt, Blink-182, Boston, Coverdale/Page, The Damned, Eagles, Extreme, Peter Frampton, Guns N’ Roses, Hole, Iron Butterfly, Jawbreaker, Jimmy Eat World, Kansas, Krokus, Limp Bizkit, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Duff McKagan, Meat Loaf, Nazareth, Night Ranger, Nine Inch Nails, Nirvana, No Doubt, Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers, Iggy Pop, Primus, Puddle Of Mudd, R.E.M., Soundgarden, Steppenwolf, Styx, Sublime, Temple Of The Dog, Tesla, Voivod, Whitesnake, Weezer, White Zombie, Y&T, Rob Zombie, and tons more. Many artists were unaware about their masters being lost and a number of them have filed a suit against UMG for breach of contract since the recordings weren’t properly secured and preserved. They are seeking damages in excess of $100 million. You can read more HERE.

Guns N’ Roses, Def Leppard, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Slayer, Etc. Set For Inaugural Exit 111 Festival

The inaugural Exit 111 festival has officially been announced. The event will take place at the Great Stage Park in Manchester, TN on October 11-13 and it will feature music, an R-rated paranormal cirque, a car show, Red Bull motocross demonstrations, and a mega sports bar. Eddie Trunk will host the festival and the daily lineups can be seen below.

October 11: Lynyrd Skynyrd, Slayer (last Tennessee show ever), Megadeth, Seether, Black Label Society, Black Stone Cherry, The Cadillac Three, 10 Years, Bishop Gunn, Kyle Shutt, and Watermox.

October 12: Def Leppard, ZZ Top, Ghost, Mastodon, Gojira, Cheap Trick, Blackberry Smoke, Nothing More, Sleeping With Sirens, Whitechapel, Power Trip, Fever 333, Graveyard, New Years Day, Alien Weaponry, Dead Sara, Them Evils, and Astronoid.

October 13: Guns N’ Roses, Deftones, Coheed And Cambria, Lamb Of God, Alter Bridge, Ministry, Skillet, Of Mice & Men, Thrice, From Ashes To New, Tyler Bryant At The Shakedown, Plague Vendor, Dirty Honey, Tetrarch, and O’Brother.

ZZ Top Announce 50th Anniversary North American Tour

ZZ Top have announced a 50th anniversary North American tour. The trek will include a number of dates with Cheap Trick and Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Tour Dates:

Aug. 16 – Ridgefield, WA – Sunlight Supply Amphitheatre*
Aug. 17 – Airway Heights, WA – Northern Quest Casino Theater
Aug. 20 – Yakima, WA – Yakima Valley SunDome
Aug. 21 – Woodinville, WA – Chateau Ste. Michelle*
Aug. 23 – Irvine, CA – FivePoint Amphitheatre**
Aug. 24 – Concord, CA – Concord Pavilion**
Aug. 25 – Paso Robles, CA – Vina Robles Amphitheatre*
Aug. 27 – Santa Barbara, CA – Arlington Theater
Aug. 28 – San Diego, CA – Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at SDSU*
Aug. 29 – Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theatre*
Sep. 01 – Kansas City, MO – Starlight Theatre*
Sep. 04 – Milwaukee, WI – BMO Harris Pavilion”
Sep. 06 – Maryland Heights, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre*
Sep. 07 – Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre*
Sep. 08 – Sterling Heights, MI-Michigan Lottery Amphitheater at Freedom Hill*
Sep. 10 – Huber Heights, OH – Rose Music Center at The Heights*
Sep. 11 – Burgettstown, PA – KeyBank Pavilion*
Sep. 13 – Ocean City, MD – Ocean City BikeFest
Sep. 14 – Gilford, NH – Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion*
Sep. 18 – Boston, MA – Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion*
Sep. 19 – Wamtagh. NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater*
Sep. 21 – Cleveland, OH – Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica*
Sep. 22 – Louisville, KY – Champions Park
Oct. 05 – Raleigh, NC – Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek Amphitheatre*
Oct. 06 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion*
Oct. 09 – Charleston, SC – Volvo Cars Stadium*
Oct. 11 – Cherokee, NC – Harrah’s Cherokee – Event Center*
Oct. 12 – Manchester, TN – Exit 111 Festival
Oct. 13 – Alpharetta, GA – Verizon Amphitheatre*
Oct. 15 – Augusta, GA – The James Brown Arena*
Oct. 16 – St. Augustine, FL – St. Augustine Amphitheatre*
Oct. 18 – Estero FL – Hertz Arena*
Oct. 19 – Tampa, FL – MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre*
Oct. 20 – West Palm Beach, FL – Coral Sky Amphitheatre*

* with Cheap Trick
** with Lynyrd Skynyrd

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)

Watch Metallica Cover Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama” In Birmingham, AL

During Metallica’s January 22 show at Legacy Arena at the BJCC in Birmingham, AL, the band performed a partial cover of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama” as part of Robert Trujillo and Kirk Hammett’s “doodle.” You can see footage of that below:

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.