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It’s the end of an era as Southern rock legends Lynyrd Skynyrd announce what is to be their final tour, bringing a close to a career that spans nearly half a century and remains one of the rock world’s greatest triumphs. Announced this morning and accompanied by a brief video posted to the band’s official Facebook page, Lynyrd Skynyrd’s The Last of the Street Survivors Tour is one that will find them trekking across the country this summer and spring in a quest to bring their devoted legion of fans one last taste of good old fashioned American Southern rock as only Lynyrd Skynyrd have been able to play it.
With a career spanning setlist that’s sure to include all of your favorites – “Sweet Home Alabama, “Gimme Three Steps,” and the enduring anthem for the ages “Free Bird,” The Last of the Street Survivors Tour also boasts an incredible lineup of special guests handpicked to help Lynyrd Skynyrd close things out, including (but not limited to) Kid Rock, Hank Williams Jr., Charlie Daniels Band, Bad Company, Marshall Tucker Band, 38 Special, Blackberry Smoke and Blackfoot.
Lynyrd Skynyrd’s career-concluding tour is a bittersweet moment for rock fans, but never more so than for guitarist Gary Rossington, who founded the band in 1964 with late singer Ronnie Van Zant and guitarist Allen Collins and still marvels at the journey that’s brought Lynyrd Skynyrd to this moment. “It’s hard to imagine, after all these years, the band that Ronnie Van Zant, Allen Collins and myself started back in Jacksonville, would resonate for this long and to so many generations of fans. I’m certain they are looking down from above, amazed that the music has touched so many,” he says.
Singer Johnny Van Zant, who stepped into his role as lead singer in 1987 following his brother’s death a decade earlier and has done a brilliant job of leading Lynyrd Skynyrd ever since, adds that “we’ve been blessed by these great songs and the messages they carry to the fans. It’s been a true honor to try and fill in my brother’s footsteps for the past 31 years, keeping the music and his spirit alive.”
Named for their new song, “The Last of the Street Survivors” and the band’s multi-platinum selling fifth studio album Street Survivors, The Last of the Street Survivors Tour’s first leg is slated to kick off May 4th in West Palm Beach, Florida before wrapping in Atlanta, Georgia on September 1st.
Tickets go on sale February 2nd at 10 a.m. local time via LiveNation with two exceptions: Tickets for the July 20th show in Mansfield, Massachusetts go on sale at 11 a.m. local time, and tickets for the August 10th show in Detroit go on sale February 3rd at 10 a.m. local time. A pre-sale will be available for Citi cardholders starting January 30th at 10 a.m. local time through February 1st at 10 a.m. local time.
Tickets WILL sell out for this legendary final tour, so be sure to snag yours and don’t miss out on your chance to say goodbye to these Southern rock icons while you can!
May 4 – Coral Sky Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach, Fla.
May 5 – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa, Fla.
May 11 – Starplex Pavilion, Dallas, Texas
May 12 – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Presented by Huntsman, Houston, Texas
May 18 – Ak-Chin Pavilion, Phoenix, Ariz.
May 19 – Mattress Firm Amphitheatre, Chula Vista, Calif.
May 25 – Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, Calif.
May 26 – Glen Helen Amphitheater, San Bernardino, Calif.
June 22 – PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, N.J.
June 23 – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theatre, Wantagh, N.Y.
June 29 – Coastal Credit Union Music Park, Raleigh, N.C.
June 30 – PNC Music Pavilion, Charlotte, N.C.
July 6 – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater, Virginia Beach, Va
July 7 – Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, Va.
July 13 – Darien Lake Amphitheater, Darien, N.Y.
July 14 – Xfinity Theatre, Hartford, Ct.
July 20 – Xfinity Center, Mansfield, Mass.
July 21 – Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel, N.Y.
July 27 – Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
July 28 – Hersheypark Stadium, Hershey, Pa.
Aug. 3 – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, Tinley Park, Ill.
Aug. 4 – Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center, Noblesville, Ind.
Aug. 10 – DTE Energy Music Theatre, Detroit, Mich.
Aug. 11 – Budweiser Stage, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Aug. 17 – Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
Aug. 18 – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, St. Louis, Mo.
Aug. 24 – Lakeview Amphitheatre, Syracuse, N.Y.
Aug. 25 – KeyBank Pavilion, Burgettstown, Pa.
Aug. 31 – Oak Mountain Amphitheatre, Pelham, Ala.
Sept. 1 – Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood, Atlanta, Ga.