Saturday, August 17, 2019

Lynyrd Skynyrd update guitarist’s status following heart surgery

Lynyrd Skynyrd are sharing an update on the status of guitarist Gary Rossington as he continues to recover from recent heart surgery that has temporarily sidelined the band from its farewell tour.

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.

“Gary is healing and feeling better and we hope to see you all next week in Irvine!,” says the group, adding “Gary has made it known that he does have heart and health issues. Touring from city to city, night in and out, is difficult on his health, as it is with other members of the band.

“Recently, Gary has had a few setbacks and his health has not been 100%. But as Gary always says, ‘it’s what I know’, and that he loves to play guitar for the 3 generations of Skynyrd fans that also love the band’s music that he helped create.”

Lynyrd Skynyrd postponed a pair of concerts this week to allow the guitarist more time to heal before returning to the stage: an August 16 date at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV has been rescheduled for Friday, October 18, while an August 17 performance at Toyota Amphitheatre in Wheatland, CA will now take place on Saturday, October 19.

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

Lynyrd Skynyrd reconfirmed plans for their multi-year farewell tour to continue as originally planned.

“The band has every intention to finish off the Farewell Tour in 2020,” states the group. “Hopefully playing in South America, possibly a few more places in Europe, Australia and also a few cities that we have missed in the USA. We still haven’t been to markets in Oklahoma, South Carolina and several other cities and venues that we love to play.

“After all that is said and done, the band will take a break and won’t tour like they have in the past. We have already started recording a new studio album and hope to release new music at some point. We may still do a special engagement or charity show here or there.”

See also:

Lynyrd Skynyrd postpone farewell tour as guitarist undergoes heart surgery
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