Lynyrd Skynyrd‘s tour dates through Saturday July 30 have been put on hold while guitarist Gary Rossington recovers from heart surgery which repaired a blockage in his arteries.
Posting on Facebook, a band representative said, “The Lynyrd Skynyrd band is canceling or rescheduling the next 2 weeks of touring, while Gary Rossington recovers at home from heart surgery to repair blockage in his arteries. Currently, the band hopes to resume touring on August 4 in Woodlands, TX. The band has rescheduled Boston, MA at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion to September 23 and moved Big Flats, NY at Tag’s Summer Sound Stage to the following day, September 24. We are continuing to work on other potential re-scheduling, as well. Please stay tuned to the Lynyrd Skynyrd website and social media pages for updates.”
At this point, the next confirmed gig will be Thursday August 04 in The Woodlands Texas, at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion with Peter Frampton.
In October of last year, Rossington suffered a major heart attack, and earlier in 2015, the band had to cancel a show when he was taken to hospital with an abdominal infection
Last fall, after the serious heart attack, Johnny Van Zant said, “Yeah, he’s doing good. Y’know, he had a heart attack, and y’know, he had a quadruple bypass — what was it five, six year ago, maybe — it might be even longer than that. And he was doing a procedure and they took him off of his plavix, which is blood thinner, and it caused him to have a blood clot — so basically gave him a heart attack.”
The band have recently released Pronounced Leh-nerd Skinnerd and Second Helping – Live From Jacksonville At The Florida Theatre on DVD, Blu-ray, and via download.
The collection was recorded last year, and features the band performing its first two studio albums, 1973’s Pronounced Leh-nerd Skinnerd and 1974’s Second Helping, live in their entirety for the first time, at two specially staged concerts at the Florida Theatre in their hometown of Jacksonville, Florida.