Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Lynyrd Skynyrd postpone farewell tour as guitarist undergoes heart surgery

Lynyrd Skynyrd have postponed a pair of upcoming farewell tour dates as guitarist Gary Rossington continues to recover from recent heart surgery.

The lone surviving original member of the southern rock outfit, Rossington had been experiencing fatigue and other symptoms related to a leaky heart valve prior to undergoing surgery on July 31. While he is expected to make a full recovery, the band must reschedule a couple of shows to allow the guitarist proper time to heal.

A planned Friday, August 16, date at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV has been rescheduled for Friday, October 18, and the Saturday, August 17 performance at Toyota Amphitheatre in Wheatland, CA will now take place on Saturday, October 19.

Bad Company will remain as co-headline, special guest for the new Las Vegas date this fall.

Tickets purchased for the original August 16 and 17 dates will be honored for the rescheduled dates in October.

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

Rossington has battled health issues in recent years, including heart surgery in 2017 “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.

The Last Of The Street Survivors Farewell Tour is named after the Florida group’s 1977 album, “Street Survivors.” Just days after the its release, 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.

The group’s next live performance is scheduled for Friday, August 23 at the Five Point Amphitheater in Irvine, CA.

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