August 14

Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Gary Rossington is Recovering from Heart Surgery

Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd is postponing two of their August 2019 shows on their farewell tour, the Last of the Street Survivors. This is so their guitarist Gary Rossington recovers fully and without stress from his recent heart surgery.

Lynyrd Skynyrd, Surgery, Garry Rossington
Mandatory Credit: Photo by ETIENNE LAURENT/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock (10220373br)
Lynyrd Skynyrd’s guitarist Gary Rossington performs onstage during the Stagecoach Festival 2019 in Indio, near Palm Springs, California, USA, 27 April 2019. The festival runs from 26 to 28 April 2019.
Stagecoach Festival 2019 in Indio, USA – 27 Apr 2019

Rossington has experienced fatigue and other symptoms that are due to a leaky heart valve. He underwent surgery to repair the valve on the 31st of July and is expected to make a full recovery. The band’s frontman, Johnny Van Zant addressed his friend and bandmate’s condition in a press release.

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

Lynyrd Skynyrd, Surgery, Garry Rossington
via Frazer Harrison, Getty Images

Their scheduled performances for the 16th and 17th of August will now take place on the 18th and 19th of October, respectively.

Rossington had quintuple bypass surgery back in 2003 and also suffered a heart attack in the fall of 2015. He also had to take a break from the road after suffering from chest pains and having surgery to remedy blockages in his arteries.

Lynyrd Skynyrd has been popularizing the Southern Rock genre since the 1970s. Also, the band intends to go out with a bang with their Last of the Street Survivors farewell tour.

Lynyrd Skynyrd, Surgery, Garry Rossington
via Doltyn Snedden/Ultimate Classic Rock

Their Last of the Street Survivors tour has been going on for over 50 farewell tour dates in 2018. It began on the 4th of May, 2018. They will be accompanied by opening acts that include Bad Company, Kid Rock, and Hank Williams Jr.

Lynyrd Skynyrd’s The Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour Dates


13 — Southaven, Miss. @ Bank Plus Amphitheater +
14 — Alpharetta, Ga. @ Ameris Bank Amphitheatre +
20 — Salt Lake City, Utah @ USANA Amphitheater
21 — Denver, Colo. @ Fiddler’s Green
27 — Jackson, Miss. @ Brandon Amphitheater +
28 — Orange Beach, Ala. @ The Wharf Amphitheater +


18 — Las Vegas, Nev. @ T-Mobile Arena
19 — Wheatland, Calif. @ Toyota Amphitheatre

~ with Randy Bachman

+ with Cody Jinks

^ with Hank Williams Jr

# with Bad Company

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