The southern-fried band famous for "Free Bird" is coming home to roost for the last time.
Lynyrd Skynyrd has added a final show to its upcoming farewell tour, which now will wrap up September 2 in the band's hometown of Jacksonville, Florida.
Special guests Kid Rock and Jason Aldean will join Skynyrd for the grand finale at EverBank Field, home of the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars.
"This is a dream come true," said singer Johnny Van Zant, whose brother Ronnie was the band's original frontman. "Playing where the band got its start all those years ago is always special, but having these guys with us makes it even sweeter."
The 32-date tour kicks off May 4 at the Coral Sky Amphitheater in West Palm Beach, Florida.
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Lyrnyrd Skynyrd's roots date back to 1964, when they were originally known as My Backyard. The band's quirky moniker, inspired by high school gym teacher Leonard Skinner, is a variation of its 1969 name, Leonard Skinnerd. The spelling change to Lyrnyrd Skynyrd occurred a year later.
Best known for the 1974 hits "Sweet Home Alabama" and "Free Bird," the band was touring in support of its fifth studio album, "Street Survivors," when their plane crashed near Gillbsurg, Mississippi, on October 20, 1977. Singer Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines and backup singer Cassie Gaines were among the six people killed.
After a 10-year hiatus, the band was reborn with Ronnie's younger brother taking over lead vocals. Lynyrd Skynyrd was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006.
By Kevin Haynes |