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Gary Rossington, the very last member founding member of Lynyrd Skynyrd, passed away on March 5th leaving fans unsure about the band’s future.
Well, this week the Southern rockers let the world know they weren’t going anywhere. Skynyrd released a press release that stated, “After much discussion with the band, the families of Ronnie Van Zant and Allen Collins, and Dale Rossington, the collective has reached unified support. [They] feel that continuing to perform live, and keeping the music alive, is in the best interest of the fans and everyone involved.”
The statement continued, “Gary made it known at every chance to express how timeless the music was, and it was always his goal to keep the music alive for his brothers because that was always their dream. He spent his entire life trying to carry on that dream for Ronnie, Allen, Steve and all the others over the years. While he was not able to physically be onstage with the current lineup over the last couple years, he supported them in every way. His dream will continue thanks to [singer] Johnny [Van Zant], [guitarist] Rickey [Medlocke] and the rest of our bandmates to continue to carry his legacy and music on for future generations.”
Lynyrd Skynyrd will be starting up the “Sharp Dressed Simple Man” tour with ZZ Top this summer.