Lynyrd Skynyrd postponed some upcoming tour dates, it was announced on Tuesday in a press release posted by the band on social media.
The classic rock legends are out on the road on their ongoing Last of the Street Survivors farewell tour, but guitarist/founding member Gary Rossington underwent a heart valve operation within the past week, prompting some dates to be moved around on the schedule.
Here’s the message:
Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Shows in Las Vegas, NV and Wheatland, CA Have Been Rescheduled for Oct. 18 and 19, Respectively, as Original Band Member Gary Rossington Recovers from Heart Surgery
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Due to illness, Lynyrd Skynyrd must postpone shows for their Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour this weekend. The Friday, Aug. 16, date at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV has been rescheduled for Friday, Oct. 18, and the Saturday, Aug. 17, performance at Toyota Amphitheatre in Wheatland, CA for Saturday, Oct. 19. Bad Company will remain as Co-Headline, special guest for the rescheduled Las Vegas date on Oct. 18. Tickets purchased for the original August 16 and 17 dates will be honored for the rescheduled dates in October.
Guitarist and original member of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Gary Rossington, has been experiencing fatigue and other symptoms related to a leaky heart valve. Rossington underwent a procedure on July 31 to repair the valve. To allow him proper time to recover the band must reschedule the upcoming tour dates. Rossington is expected to make a full recovery.
“We all appreciate the well wishes for Gary and apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused,” said Johnny Van Zant the band’s lead vocalist. “But he can’t wait to come back and perform at 100% for the fans. We will see you all soon!”