Current Line - Up For 2009 Tour

 

Johnny Van Zant - Vocals 
Gary Rossington - Guitar
Ricky Medlocke - Guitar
Mark Matejka - Guitar
Peter Pisarczyk - Piano / Keys
Robert Kearns - Bass
Michael Cartellone - Drums
Dale Krantz Rossington - B/Vocs
Carol Chase - B/Vocs
 

     
  Yet Another Free Bird Passes

After a his valiant battle with cancer long-time Lynyrd Skynyrd bass guitarist Ean Evans passed away on 6th May 2009 to join his fellow free birds.

R.I.P. Ean, have fun.


 
  Original Band Member Pianist Billy Powell Dies

January 28th 2009, Billy Powell died at his Orange Park home.

Powell, who has a history of heart problems, called 911 emergency at about 12:55 am because he was having trouble breathing. When paramedics arrived they found him in his bedroom unresponsive with the telephone still in his hand. Paramedics tried to perform CPR but were unsuccessful in reviving the 56-year-old.

The cause of death has not yet been determined, but a heart attack is suspected.

R.I.P. Billy Powell, one of rock and rolls great pianists. There's a great band being re-formed in the heavens. Ronnie, Steve, Cassie, Allen, Leon, Hughie and Billy.
 

  European Tour Announced For 2009

Lynyrd Skynyrd have announced dates for their European Tour in 2009. Countries they are to visit are Finland, Norway, Germany, U.K., Italy and Switzerland. See the current tour schedule for details.
 

 
 

Hughie Thomasson Has Died

Southern Rock mourns the loss of a brother. On Sunday September 9th 2007, Hughie Thomasson died suddenly of a heart attack at his home in Brooksville, Florida.

Hughie was a huge presence in the field of Southern Rock and will be deeply missed. Hughie was a founder member of the Outlaws and went on to perform with many of the South's finest musicians, including a long stint with Lynyrd Skynyrd before the recent Outlaws reunion.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Hughies family and friends. Another talented musician goes to that Southern Rock supergroup in heaven.
 

 

Simpleman Cruise 2008

Lynyrd Skynyrd's Simple Man Cruise,  January 10th-14th, 2008 departing Miami, FL visiting Key West & Calica

A weekend of cruisin' with some of the best Southern Rock acts around. Live shows from start to finish. Get up close and personal.

One hell of a party, not to be missed.
 

 

The 'Simple Man' cruise

Join Lynyrd Skynyrd
along with friends:-

Marshall Tucker Band
Cowboy Mouth
Blackberry Smoke
Kneckdown
Grayson Hill
and more to be announced!
 

  Lynyrd Skynyrd have returned triumphant from their  'Gimme 3 Days' cruise......

The 3 day cruise set off on the 5th of January from Miami. While on board the 'cruisers' were treated to up close and personal concerts by Lynyrd Skynyrd and a variety of Southern Rock and Country acts.

The 'Gimme Three Days' cruise featured up-close-and-personal concerts from

Lynyrd Skynyrd
38 Special
Sister Hazel
Drivin N Cryin
Corey Smith
American Minor
Blackberry Smoke
Blue Dogs
Zac Brown Band
Chris Janson
Travis Mitchell Band
Keni Thomas
Tishamingo
Patrick Davis
Steepwater
and other artists from
Southern Rock and Country

 


Mark Matejka fills Hughies place to take Skynyrd back to full strength
......

Mark 'Sparky' Matejka has joined Lynyrd Skynyrd to complete the attack trio of guitarists the band is famous for. Mark has had an illustrious career with the likes of the Charlie Daniels Band, Hot Apple Pie and Heartland.

He wasn't a stranger to Skynyrd and is credited on their 'Christmas Time Again' album as playing guitar and for vocals. Mark has a degree in Jazz and also plays the banjo.

Welcome to the family.


 


Lynyrd Skynyrd inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame
......

After many years of being nominated and overlooked Lynyrd Skynyrd have finally received the acknowledgement they deserve and have been inducted into the Hall Of Fame.

The induction took place on Monday 13th of March 2006 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York.


 
The ceremony highlights will be shown on the VH-1 channel on Tuesday 21st of March at 9.00pm and 11.00pm Eastern time, and on Wednesday 22nd of March at 7.00pm Eastern time. It is not known if the entire performance will make it to the edited highlights, but don't miss it.
 


 


Kid Rock inducted Lynyrd Skynyrd and then went on to perform alongside the band on one of their best known songs, 'Sweet Home Alabama'.

Kid Rock; "It's long overdue for these Southern boys and flag waving simple people to be inducted into the Hall Of Fame.
Lynyrd Skynyrd."



KID ROCK

 


Current and previous members of Lynyrd Skynyrd were on hand to accept, along with family and friends of present and departed members.

Gary Rossington; "I really would like to thank the fans, and that's not enough, God bless you from the bottom of our hearts, and each and every one of you I wish to thank you so, so much, for helping me an' all my brothers and sisters keep the names of Ronnie, Allen, Steve and Dean and Cassie, and Leon and Lynyrd Skynyrd alive. Thank you."

Bob Burns; "I'd like to thank the fans, and especially the band, and the man ( Ronnie )."

Artimus Pyle; "I miss everybody that they mentioned. It's almost the end of the evening, and we're going to end it with 'Free Bird'."

 


Lynyrd Skynyrd then did just that. They performed two songs on stage, the rock anthems 'Sweet Home Alabama' and 'Freebird'. It was a memorable line up performing these songs, with Ed King, Artimus Pyle and Bob Burns standing alongside Gary Rossington, Johnny Van Zant, Billy Powell, Rickey Medlocke and recent addition Ean Evans.

It was also a delight to see ex-'Honkettes' Jo Jo Billingsley and Leslie Hawkins backing the band like the old days.

 



Gary Rossington, Billy Powell, Artimus Pyle, Ed King, Bob Burns

 



Lee Wilkeson ( son of the late Leon ), Billy Powell, Gary Rossington, Judy Van Zant

 



Judy Van Zant

 



Jo Jo Billingsley, Artimus Pyle

 



Front: Billy Powell, Rickey Medlocke, Kid Rock, Johnny Van Zant, Ed King, Gary Rossington, Ean Evans
Back: Artimus Pyle, Bob Burns, Jo Jo Billingsley, Leslie Hawkins, Carol Chase, Dale Krantz Rossington

 


Congratulations Lynyrd Skynyrd, especially to  Ronnie, Gary, Allen, Bob, Billy, Ed, Steve, Leon and Artimus. Also a 'thank you' to past and present members for keeping the Lynyrd Skynyrd name alive, and Ronnie, Steve, Allen, Leon and Cassie's memories alive. Lynyrd Skynyrd would also be the first to thank their families and road crew.

Final word should go to Judy

Judy ( Ronnie Van Zants widow ); "No one deserved to be here more than Ronnie Van Zant, and he would truly be honoured."

       


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