Monday, January 29, 2018

Lynyrd Skynyrd to extend farewell tour

Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Gary Rossington says the band have plans to extend their recently-announced farewell tour beyond its initial four-month run.

"This farewell tour will take a year or two to go all the places we've been and play them one more time, so it's not like we're going away," Rossington tells Billboard. "We're just winding it down a little bit. We'll be doing this a while longer."

The Southern rock icons will launch the farewell trek in West Palm Beach, FL on May 4, with the first leg scheduled to wrap up in Atlanta, GA on September 1; the run will include European dates, as well, at some point.

Lynyrd Skynryd will be joined by a variety of guests at various stops along the way, including Kid Rock, Hank Williams Jr., Charlie Daniels Band, Bad Company, Marshall Tucker Band, 38 Special, Blackberry Smoke and Blackfoot.

The sole remaining original member of the group, Rossington hints that ‘farewell’ may not necessarily mean ‘the end’ of Skynyrd’s live performances.

"I know we're going to take some time off after this farewell tour that's all planned, and then who knows," explains the rocker. “Even, like, the Eagles and a lot of people retire for a year or two and they have to come back. It's just in your blood, y'know? So I don't know if it's really ever gonna end, but his is a plant to start to. Even if the touring ends we'll still do special shows and special guest things here and there with the whole band."

Alongside the farewell run, Lynyrd Skynyrd will record and release a new studio album – the follow-up to 2012’s “Last Of A Dyin’ Breed” – and be featured in a CMT-produced documentary.

"We have a lot of songs we've written through the years and we write a little bit here and there and have a few new songs we're gonna do," adds Rossington. "We're gonna write a little bit more in the next few months and go in and record real quick and try to get our last CD to be the best one and go out on a high note and make it as good as we can and work our butts off to do it. No projected release date has been determined for the project, however."

A Citi cardmembers presale for US dates runs from Tuesday, January 30 at 10:00 a.m. local time until Thursday, February 1 at 10:00 p.m. local time through Citi's Private Pass program, with general public seats available starting Friday, February 2 at 10:00 a.m. local time.

With more than 30 million albums sold over the course of their career, Lynyrd Skynyrd were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2006.

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The Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour

North America 2018

May 04 – West Palm Beach, FL @ Coral Sky Amphitheatre
May 05 – Tampa, FL @ MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre
May 11 – Dallas, TX @ Starplex Pavilion
May 12 – Houston, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
May 18 – Phoenix, AZ @ Ak-Chin Pavilion
May 19 – Chula Vista, CA @ Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
May 25 – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
May 26 – San Bernardino, CA @ Glen Helen Amphitheater
Jun 22 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
Jun 23 – Wantagh, NY @ Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theatre
Jun 29 – Raleigh, NC @ Coastal Credit Union Music Park
Jun 30 – Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion
Jul 06 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
Jul 07 – Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live
Jul 13 – Darien, NY @ Darien Lake Amphitheater
Jul 14 – Hartford, CT @ Xfinity Theatre
Jul 20 – Mansfield, MA @ Xfinity Center
Jul 21 – Bethel, NY @ Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
Jul 27 – Cleveland, OH @ Blossom Music Center
Jul 28 – Hershey, PA @ Hersheypark Stadium
Aug 03 – Tinley Park, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Aug 04 – Noblesville, IN @ Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
Aug 10 – Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
Aug 11 – Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage
Aug 17 – Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
Aug 18 – St. Louis, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Aug 24 – Syracuse, NY @ Lakeview Amphitheatre
Aug 25 – Burgettstown, PA @ KeyBank Pavilion
Aug 31 – Pelham, AL @ Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
Sep 01 – Atlanta, GA @ Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood

See also:

Lynyrd Skynyrd announce farewell tour
Lynyrd Skynyrd cancel final 2017 dates over medical emergency
Lynyrd Skynyrd cancel Tallahassee show due to medical emergency
Lynyrd Skynyrd 1977 plane crash biopic blocked by courts
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