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Lynyrd Skynyrd says they will continue without Gary Rossington

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Lynyrd Skynyrd says they will continue without Gary Rossington

The guitarist Gary Rossington, the last living member of the original formation of Lynyrd Skynyrd died last March 5 at the age of 71 and now the band, that was on their farewell tour announced that they will continue without the guitar player.


The band’s current line-up has Johnny Van Zant (Vocals), Damon Johnson (Guitar), Rickey Medlocke (Guitar), Michael Cartellone (Drums), Mark Matejka (Guitar), Peter Keys (Keyboards) and Keth Christopher (Bass).

The full statement of Lynyrd Skynyrd about continuing without Gary Rossington

“The Lynyrd Skynyrd band members and estates have been in discussion on what was next for the group and the music that is celebrating 50 years of generational history in American Rock and Roll.”

“The current members, led by Johnny Van Zant, the singer for the past 36 years, was unsure if they would continue following Gary’s untimely passing.”

“After much discussion with the band, the families of Ronnie Van Zant and Allen Collins, and Dale Rossington, the collective has reached unified support, and feel that continuing to perform LIVE, and keeping the music alive, is in the best interest of the fans and everyone involved,” Lynyrd Skynyrd said.

Next tour dates

The band has scheduled tour dates in the United States in April, May, June, July, August and September. They also have plans to play in South American by the end of the year.


  • 29 – Jubilee Days – Brandon Amphitheater – Brandon, MS


  • 5 – Thunder Beach at Frank Brown Park – West Panama City Beach, FL
  • 19 – Lost Highway Motorcycle Show & Concert 2023 – Bushkill, PA
  • 20 – Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica – Cleveland, OH
  • 27 – Laughlin Event Center – Laughlin, NV


  • 16 – Country Summer Music Festival 2023 – Santa Rosa, CA
  • 17 – San Diego County Fair – Del Mar, CA

July (With ZZ Top)

  • 14 –  Lakefront Music Fest 2023 – Prior Lake, MN
  • 15 – Red River Valley Fair – West Fargo, ND
  • 21 –  iTHINK Financial Amphiteatre – West Palm Beach, FL
  • 22 –  MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre – Tampa, FL
  • 23 – Ameris Bank Amphitheatre – Alpharetta, GA
  • 28 – Walmart AMP – Rogers, AR
  • 29 – Dickies Arena – Fort Worth, TX
  • 30 – The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion – The Woodlands, TX


  • 4 – Oregon Jamboree Music Festival 2023 – Sweet Home, OR
  • 6 – Sturgis Buffalo Chip – Sturgis, SD
  • 7 –  Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre – Greenwood Village, CO (With ZZ Top)
  • 10 – Shoreline Amphitheatre – Mountain View, CA (With ZZ Top)
  • 11 – Toyota Amhpitheatre – Wheatland, CA (With ZZ Top)
  • 13 – Talking Stick Resort Amphitheatre – Phoenix, AZ (With ZZ Top)
  • 17 – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – Maryland Heights, MO (With ZZ Top)
  • 19 – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – Tinley Park, IL (With ZZ Top)
  • 20 – Ruoff Music Center – Noblesville, IN (With ZZ Top)
  • 25 – Riverbend Music Center – Cincinnati, OH (With ZZ Top)
  • 26 -Pine Knob Music Theatre – Clarkston, MI (With ZZ Top)
  • 27 – Budweiser Stage – Toronto, Canada (With ZZ Top)


  • 1 – PNC Music Pavilion – Charlotte, NC (With ZZ Top)
  • 2 – Merriweather Post Pavilion – Columbia, MD (With ZZ Top)
  • 3 – The Pavilion at Star Lake – Burgettstown, PA (With ZZ Top)
  • 8 – Saratoga Performing Arts Center – Saratoga Springs, NY (With ZZ Top)
  • 9 – Hersheypark Stadium – Hershey, PA (With ZZ Top)
  • 10 – PNC Bank Arts Center – Holmdel, NJ (With ZZ Top)
  • 15 – Coastal Credit Union Music Park At Walnut Creek – Raleigh, NC (With ZZ Top)
  • 16 – Ocean City Bike Fest – Ocean City, MD (With ZZ Top)
  • 17 –  Freedom Mortgage Pavilion – Camden, NJ (With ZZ Top)

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