Lynyrd Skynyrd Plotting New Studio And Live Sets

March 20, 2019
Lynyrd Skynyrd

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Lynyrd Skynyrd has a new studio album pretty much ready to go. Frontman Johnny Van Zant spoke to MadnessTo Creation.net, and touched upon the band's ongoing "Last Of The Street Survivors Farewell Tour," and Skynyrd's first new studio album since 2012's Last Of A Dyin' Breed: "We have an album in the can really, to be honest. We have a bunch of songs that we’re all the time writing. And so probably after this tour we’ll have that album, do a studio thing and we actually recorded our last show here in Jacksonville. Did a DVD and actually the CD for it and that’ll come out sometime along the way too."

Van Zant shed light on the decision to embark on a final farewell tour, explaining, "When we started out, we said let’s play every place, every venue in every city that we ever thought about playing or wanted to play and before it’s over with, we’ll try to accomplish that. And the reason why we’re trying to cut back, I’ll be very honest with you, (co-founder) Gary Rossington will tell you himself, y'know his health hasn’t been that good. We just wanted to make sure that we treated our fans right and do it right one more last time." 

After a decade on ice, Lynyrd Skynyrd reformed in 1987 with Johnny Van Zant stepping into the frontman role his beloved older brother Ronnie Van Zant held until his 1977 death. Johnny was asked about the moment he took to the stage as Skynyrd's lead singer: "I’ve said it in plenty of interviews, how I probably didn’t feel comfortable singing for Skynyrd. And still (do) at times, I’ll be honest with you. My brother was a big figure. And I’ve always wanted to do it the right way and Ronnie was Ronnie and I’m Johnny. I never wanted to be him, there was only one Ronnie y'know? God broke a mold after him. . . God gave this guy special gifts and I never wanted to be Ronnie, but it was a couple years in for me before I actually started going okay, well new people are coming here to see us and they know what it’s all about, just carrying on the music and carry the tradition of Lynyrd Skynyrd, the legacy!"

Lynyrd Skynyrd North American tour dates (subject to change):
March 27 - Indio, CA - Stagecoach
May 10 - Tuscaloosa, AL - Tuscaloosa Amphitheater (with Cody Kinks)
May 11 - Arlington, TX - KAABOO Texas
May 17 - New Orleans, LA - Smoothie King Center (with Hank Williams Jr.)
May 18 - Lafayette, LA - Cajundome (with Hank Williams Jr.)
May 24 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena
May 31 - Gilford, NH - Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion (with Hank Williams Jr.)
June 1 - Bangor, ME - Darling's Waterfront Pavilion (with Hank Williams Jr.)
July 12 - Edenvale, ON - Roxodus Music Festival
July 13 - Canandaigua, NY - Constellation Brands Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center
July 19 - Welch, MN - Treasure Island Resort & Casino
July 20 - Walker, MN - Moondance Jam
July 26 - Portland, OR - Sunlight Supply Amphitheater (with Bad Company)
July 27 - Seattle, WA - White River Amphitheatre (with Bad Company)
August 9 - Albuquerque, NM - Isleta Amphitheater
August 16 - Las Vegas, NV - T-Mobile Arena
August 17 - Wheatland, CA - Toyota Amphitheatre
August 23 - Irvine, CA - FivePoint Amphitheatre
August 30 - Camden, NJ - BB&T Pavilion
August 31 - Saratoga Springs, NY - Saratoga Performing Arts Center (with Hank Williams Jr.)
September 13 - Southaven, MS - Bank Plus Amphitheater (with Cody Kinks)
September 14 - Alpharetta, GA - Ameris Bank Amphitheatre (with Cody Kinks)
September 20 - Salt Lake City, UT - USANA Amphitheater
September 21 - Denver, CO - Fiddler's Green
September 27 - Jackson, MS - Brandon Amphitheater (with Cody Kinks)
September 28 - Orange Beach, AL - The Wharf Amphitheater (with Cody Kinks)

SIDE NOTES

Out now is Lynyrd Skynyrd's Live In Atlantic City collection -- which was released as a CD / Blu-ray digipak with a limited first print run in fake leather.

The set was captured live on June 23rd, 2006, at the Decades Rock Arena inside the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, and later broadcast as part of VH1 Classic's Decades Rock Live!

Special guests appearing on the set are American Idol star Bo Bice, 3 Doors Down, and Hank Williams, Jr. Highlights feature such Skynyrd standards as "Workin' For MCA," "Gimme Three Steps," "That Smell," "Saturday Night Special," "Call Me The Breeze," "Sweet Home Alabama," and "Free Bird."

CHECK IT OUT: Lynyrd Skynyrd in 2006 performing "Sweet Home Alabama" from Live In Atlantic City: