Saturday, November 4, 2017

Lynyrd Skynyrd cancel final 2017 dates over medical emergency

Lynyrd Skynyrd have cancelled the final three dates of their 2017 schedule due to a medical emergency involving guitarist Gary Rossington.

According to the Tallahassee Democrat, details of Rossington’s health issue were not released when a November 3 date at the Capital City Amphitheater in Tallahassee, FL was shut down on the day of the show.

The situation also forced the group to cancel a November 4 appearance at the RP Funding Center in Lakeland, FL, and a November 5 headlining slot at the Rock Fest 80s event in Pembroke Pines, FL that will see .38 Special perform in their place,

The lone original member of the Southern rock icons, Rossington has battled health issues in recent years, including heart surgery this past August “to address some blockage in his arteries”, which followed a similar procedure in the summer of 2016 after the guitarist suffered a heart attack in late 2015.

Formed in Jacksonville, FL in the mid-1960s, Lynyrd Skynyrd issued their debut album, “Pronounced 'Lĕh-'nérd 'Skin-'nérd”, in 1973.

Just days after the release of their fifth record, 1977’s “Street Survivors”, Lynyrd Skynyrd’s chartered airplane crashed near Gillsburg, MS en route to a show in Baton Rouge, LA, killing the pilot, co-pilot, the group's assistant road-manager and three band members – frontman Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines and backup singer Cassie Gaines.

Following a decade-long hiatus, the surviving members reunited for a tribute tour and, while enduring a series of lineup changes through the years, have continued to record and perform ever since.

Lynyrd Skynyrd were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2006.

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