Lynyrd Skynyrd is a rock band formed in Jacksonville, FL in 1964 by Ronnie Van Zant, Allen Collins and Gary Rossington. The group toured in the southern U.S. in the early 1970s, signing with MCA Records in 1972 and producing its first album, released in January of 1973. The album went multi-platinum, as did their second album “Second Helping,” which was released in 1974 and included their most popular single “Sweet Home Alabama.”
In 1977, just after the release of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s fifth album “Street Survivors,” band members Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines, and Cassie Gaines and assistant road manager Dean Kilpatrick were killed when the band’s chartered plane crashed in Gillsburg, MS. The band disbanded after the crash, but five surviving members reunited for a tour ten years later with Ronnie Van Zant’s brother Johnny as front man. The reunion tour was originally planned to be a one-time-only event, but the band continued to record and tour, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006.
Lynyrd Skynyrd will be on tour in the U.S. and Canada in 2010, beginning in May and concluding in September.
For the past two summers, Lynyrd Skynyrd infused their summer concerts with a touch of contemporary hard rock courtesy of tour partner Kid Rock. The Southern rock veterans are continuing that trend this year and picking up a new hard-rocking concert collaborator in the form of Poison frontman Bret... Read more
Ticket sales wind down for major events like Kid Rock & Lynyrd Skynyrd and Green Day’s latest tours during the week ending August 31, as compiled by TicketNews. Veteran punk act Green Day is closing its summer-long North American tour over the weekend. The venture, which launched July 3... Read more
It’s been a turbulent year so far for Southern rock titan Lynyrd Skynyrd, which suffered the loss of former band members, bassist Ean Evans and longtime keyboardist Billy Powell. Despite losing two revered comrades, the band launched a spring European tour and has gone ahead with plans for a... Read more
Donald Evans, better known to Lynyrd Skynyrd fans as bassist “Ean” Evans, died at his home in Missisippi on May 6 after a battle with cancer. Evans is survived by his wife and two daughters. He was 48 years old. “It is with profound sadness that we announce the... Read more
Today’s recap includes festival updates, tour announcements and more, as compiled by TicketNews on April 14, 2009. More than 30 dates are now confirmed for Aerosmith & ZZ Top‘s summer tour. Select ticket sales begin on April 17. Meanwhile, female rock veterans Blondie & Pat Benatar have lined up... Read more
Two generations of Southern rock will unite this summer as Kid Rock and Lynyrd Skynyrd reprise last year’s Rock and Rebels Tour. The trek picks up June 26 at Cruzan Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach, FL, and is currently booked through August 2 at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater... Read more
Billy Powell, the longtime keyboardist for iconic Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd, died at his home in Orange Park, FL, on January 28. He was 56. According to published reports, paramedics reported to Powell’s home after receiving an emergency call that he was having trouble breathing. The musician, who... Read more
The troubled economy is taking the blame for the cancellation of the Lynyrd Skynyrd and Trace Adkins show at the Sommet Center in Nashville, TN. “For the past 12 years, we’ve been fortunate to have the biggest names in music celebrate New Year’s Eve in Nashville,” Steve Moore, of... Read more
The daily tour recap makes its triumphant return today with tour announcements, postponements and more as compiled by TicketNews on October 30, 2008. Late yesterday, we covered the latest news on the Led Zeppelin reunion front. Although Robert Plant adamantly denied any regrouping, John Paul Jones has said that... Read more
Billy Powell, one of the original members and keyboard player for Lynyrd Skynyrd, underwent an emergency partial revision hip replacement surgery in Jacksonville, FL last week. While Powell will miss some time, the band will continue on its current tour. “Billy’s hip had continued to give him dislocation problems,... Read more