Lynyrd Skynyrd Announce New Album Release Date
Loud & Proud/Roadrunner Records announced today the release of Last Of A Dying Breed from Lynyrd Skynyrd, will be released August 21st. It’s the band’s first studio album since the 2009 release of God & Guns which gave the band their highest debut since 1977. Last Of A Dying Breed reunites the band with producer Bob Marlette who produced God & Guns.
Gary Rossington, the only member of the original band to have played continuously since the inception of the Florida band said on their website today;
“It was great to get back in the studio with Bob for this new album. 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 Rossington (guitar), Johnny Van Zant (vocals) and Rickey Medlocke (guitar), along with longtime drummer Michael Cartellone, Last Of A Dying Breed continues the Skynyrd legacy that began over 35 years ago in Jacksonville, Florida, one that was nearly halted after the 1977 plane crash killed three band members, including Ronnie Van Zant the original vocalist and brother of the current vocalist, 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, with two sold-out Minnesota dates set for May 18th at Shooting Star Casino in Mahnomen and May 19th at Treasure Island Casino. View a complete list of dates HERE