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Saturday 21 September 2019

Lynyrd Skynyrd announce UK dates for farewell tour

The rock band is known for hits including Sweet Home Alabama and Free Bird.

Lynyrd Skynrd announce UK dates for farewell tour (Chelsea Lauren/Variety/REX/Shutterstock)
Lynyrd Skynrd announce UK dates for farewell tour (Chelsea Lauren/Variety/REX/Shutterstock)

By Lucy Mapstone, Press Association Deputy Entertainment Editor

Lynyrd Skynyrd will be joined by Status Quo as they embark on their final tour dates in the UK next year.

The Southern rock band, known for hits including Sweet Home Alabama and Free Bird, kicked off their Last Of The Street Survivors Farewell Tour in May this year in the US and Canada.

They will come to Europe in June next year for a string of concerts in Germany, Belgium and Switzerland, before arriving in the UK.

The band will perform at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro Arena, the Manchester Arena, London’s Wembley Arena and the Genting Arena Birmingham from June 26 until June 30.

Rockin’ All Over The World hitmakers Status Quo are set to join the band as special guests for their UK dates, while Blackberry Smoke will perform with them in Germany.

The tour marks the final outing for Lynyrd Skynrd, whose career has spanned more than four decades.

The band was founded in 1964 by original members Ronnie Van Zant, Bob Burns, Allen Collins, Gary Rossington and Larry Jundstrom, and released a string of popular hits.

Tragedy struck in 1977 when three members of the group – Lead singer Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines and his sister, vocalist Cassie Gaines – died in an air crash while flying to a concert in Louisiana in 1977.

The band took a hiatus and returned a decade later, and have since gone on to tour extensively and release a number of albums, their last being 2012’s Last Of A Dyin’ Breed.

The current line-up includes original member Rossington, Johnny Van Zant, Rickey Medlocke, Mark “Sparky” Matejka, Michael Cartellone, Keith Christopher, Peter Keys, Dale Krantz Rossington and Carol Chase.

Tickets for the UK and European dates will go on sale on November 9.

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