Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Gary Rossington Promises Quick Return
A recovering Gary Rossington is thanking Lynyrd Skynyrd fans for their support during his recent hospitalization. And Rossington, who has been discharged after suffering a heart attack last Thursday, is already talking about a return to the stage, too.
"I just wanted to thank everyone for all the well wishes and support," Rossington said, via Facebook. "I will be back before you know it! It’s gonna take more than a lil ole heart attack to keep me down."
Rossington's latest health scare led to the cancellation of two Lynyrd Skynyrd appearances, including Friday (Oct. 16) in Terre Haute, Ind., and Saturday (Oct. 17) at Mount Pleasant, Mich. Refunds are being offered at the point of sale. The band's next announced concert is in November at Montgomery, Ala.
Rossington's heart issues earlier led to a quintuple bypass in 2003. That hospital stay included adding a stent to a bypassed vein from more than a decade before. Earlier this year, the guitarist had to be hospitalized with an abdominal infection, again forcing his band off the road.
Rossington, 63, is the lone surviving founding member of Lynyrd Skynyrd, having joined Allen Collins and Ronnie Van Zant in a precursor group back in 1964. He later helped revive the band after a plane crash decimated their lineup. During a break with Skynyrd, he also worked with Allen Collins in the Rossington-Collins Band.
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