Lynyrd Skynyrd’s First Studio Album Since “God & Guns” To Be Released in August 2012

Lynyrd Skynyrd

Loud & Proud/Roadrunner Records announced today the release of Last Of A Dying Breed from Lynyrd Skynyrd, the band’s first studio album since the September 29, 2009 release ofGod & Guns which debuted at #18 on the Billboard Top 20 and gave the band their highest debut since 1977.  Last Of A Dying Breed reunites the band with producer Bob Marlette who produced God & Guns.

“It was great to get back in the studio with Bob for this new album,” said Gary Rossington “we kind of went back old school this time.   All of us playing together in the studio as a band, tracking songs and creating licks.  We had a lot of fun and the music really flowed for us, so that’s when you know you are on to something good.  We can’t wait to let the fans hear these songs and play ‘em live.”

Led by core members Gary Rossington (guitar), Johnny Van Zant (vocals) and Rickey Medlocke (guitar), along with longtime drummer Michael Cartellone, Lynyrd Skynyrd have recorded an album that continues the tremendous legacy that began over 35 years ago in Jacksonville, Florida, a legacy that was halted for a decade after the 1977 plane crash that killed three band members, including Ronnie Van Zant and Steve Gaines. Since then, the band tragically lost Billy Powell, Ean Evans, Allen Collins, Leon Wilkeson and Huey Thomasson, yet they rock on.

Joining Lynyrd Skynyrd will be bass player Johnny Colt, an original member of the Black Crowes who has also played with Train and Rockstar Supernova.  When asked about receiving a phone call from Rickey Medlocke on behalf of Lynyrd Skynyrd to join the band, Johnny said, “What else do you say to Medlocke, Rossington and Van Zant? We’re talking southern rock royalty.  We’re talking Lynyrd Skynyrd. The only thing out of my mouth was when and where!”

With a catalog of over 60 albums, sales beyond 30 million worldwide and their beloved classic American rock anthem “Sweet Home Alabama” having over two million downloaded ringtones, Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Lynyrd Skynyrd remains a cultural icon that appeals to all generations.

Lynyrd Skynyrd will be on tour throughout the summer in North America and Europe.  View a complete list of dates here. 

North American tour dates as follows:
5/4/2012            Pier Six Concert Pavilion                                   Baltimore, MD
5/5/2012            Celebrate Virginia Live                                      Fredericksburg, VA
5/11/2012          Virginia State Park Pavilion at Hooper Park Crewe, VA
5/12/2012          Harrahs Chester Downs                                   Chester, PA
5/18/2012          Shooting Star Casino                                        Mahnomen, MN
5/19/2012          Treasure Island Resort & Casino                    Welch, MN
5/25/2012          Indianapolis Motor Speedway                         Indianapolis, IN
5/26/2012          Riverfest Amphitheatre                                      Little Rock, AR
7/6/2012            Maddies Place                                                    Kahnawake, QUE Canada
7/7/2012            Buffalo Hill Village                                              Varysburg, NY
7/8/2012            Theatre at Westbury                                           Westbury, NY
7/13/2012          Toyota Park                                                          Bridgeview, IL
7/14/2012          Jackson County Fairgrounds                            Jackson, MI
7/19/2012          Great Jones County Fair                                    Monticello, IA
7/20/2012          Jamboree in the Hills                                          Belmont, OH
7/21/2012          FunFest @ Johnson Memorial Stadium          Kingsport, TN
7/22/2012          Bayside Toyota Pavilion Saint                          Leonard, MD
8/3/2012            Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre                         Charlotte, NC
8/4/2012            Time Warner Pavilion @Walnut Creek            Raleigh, NC
8/9/2012            Buffalo Chip Campground                                 Sturgis, SD
8/11/2012          Fortune Bay Resort and Casino                       Tower, MN
8/16/2012          Sands Bethlehem Event Center                       Bethlehem, PA
8/17/2012          Oakdale Theatre                                                 Wallingford, CT
8/18/2012          Havelock Country Jamboree                            Havelock, ON Canada
8/24/2012          CenturyLink Center                                             Bossier City, LA
8/25/2012          Amphitheater at the Wharf                                 Orange Beach, AL
8/31/2012          Memphis Botanic Gardens                                Memphis, TN
9/1/2012            Turner Field                                                           Atlanta, GA
10/4/2012          Paul Paul Theatre                                                Fresno, CA
10/5/2012          Stockton Arena                                                     Stockton, CA
10/6/2012          The Mountain Winery                                          Saratoga, CA
10/27/2012        Simple Man Cruise 2012                                   Miami, FL

Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Current Line Up:
Gary Rossington- Guitar
Johnny Van Zant- Vocals
Rickey Medlocke- Guitar
Mark “Sparky” Matejka- Guitar
Michael Cartellone- Drums
Johnny Colt – Bass
Peter Keys – Keyboards
Dale Krantz Rossington- Honkettes Backing Vocals
Carol Chase- Honkettes Backing Vocals

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