Gary Rossington’s Recovery Forces Lynyrd Skynyrd to Cancel Remaining 2015 Dates
Following the heart attack suffered by guitarist Gary Rossington, Lynyrd Skynyrd have canceled the remainder of their tour schedule for this year. The group announced the news today.
"After further evaluation and continued treatment by his doctors," they wrote on Facebook, "Gary Rossington is taking the remainder of 2015 off from touring to concentrate on recuperating from his recent heart procedures. Lynyrd Skynyrd will be canceling or rescheduling the remaining two shows in Loveland, Colorado at the Budweiser Events Center on December 4 and Mescalero, NM at the Inn of Mountain Gods Casino on December 5. Full refunds will be provided at point of purchase or thru the box office. Lynyrd Skynyrd will commence touring in 2016 and looks forward to seeing the fans next year."
Rossington, who has been the only constant member of the band, has had a history of heart problems. He underwent a quintuple bypass in 2003, and his most recent surgery involve adding or repairing stents that had previously been inserted. He has vowed a quick recovery, saying, "I just wanted to thank everyone for all the well wishes and support. I will be back before you know it! It’s gonna take more than a lil ole heart attack to keep me down.” Rossington will turn 64 in early December.
In total, Lynyrd Skynyrd had to cancel five dates due to Rossington's most recent health issues. Their next concert is scheduled for Jan. 29, 2016 at the the Winstar World Casino in Thackerville, Okla. You can see all the upcoming dates at their website.
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