Lynyrd Skynyrd To Extend Tour Cancellations Due To Illness

Johnny Van Zant, lead singer of the group Lynyrd Skynyrd, was hospitalized over the weekend due to complications from a previous surgery. Johnny Van Zant was admitted to the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, MN on August 6, with a surgical site infected cellulitis which required hospitalization with IV antibiotic treatment. Van Zant has a severe Staph infection and multiple symptoms related to infection. Johnny Van Zant is to remain out of work and recover until cleared by his primary physician.

The following Lynyrd Skynyrd performances have been cancelled OR are to be rescheduled:

-Clear Lake, WI at Firefest was August 6, is now re-scheduled for September 10

-Grand Rapids, MI at Rock the Rapids Music Festival on August 8, Skynyrd performance has been cancelled. For refunds, ticket holders should go back to point of purchase.

-Sturgis, SD at Buffalo Chip on August 10, Skynyrd performance has been cancelled.

Rescheduled shows will honor previously printed tickets. Lynyrd Skynyrd plans to resume their regular tour schedule on Friday, August 12, in Sedalia, Missouri or as doctors advise.

Posted by Tom Soares in Site News August 10, 2011 5:56:00 PM UTC |

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Jscopus // August 22, 2011 10:54:22 PM UTC

Have been a fan since the 70's and caught my second show last night at PNC. You guys were really uninspiring and it wasn't you. Having lived through all the changes and shocking attrition, I was so disappointed by what I heard last night. I am sure I will be blasted by the deaf and blind faithful, but you know when you are on and when the band is off. Sound mix was BRUTAL. Perhaps it was the bass that crushed everything. Muddy as he'll and the Doobies were pristine, so not the venue. Have great admiration for Gary but he can barely play. It was sad to watch him wandering around like a clay pidgeon on stage playing rudimentary guitar parts a novice could play. He used to rip and he just can barely play. Also, when did Skynyrd recruit guitarists from Duran Duran? Jesus Johnny, can you picture Ed King or Gaines or Rossington flipping his pick into the crowd after every minor lead break than prancing back to get another pick to finish the song? What the heck is that? Sound was beat, bass player was crushing the mix (your sound guys listen during the show) and it was painful to watch Rossington struggling like a wax museum figure. The guy was too good to perform like that. Certainly there is no 3 guitar fire that made Skynyd so great. You, the fans, and the players that came before you deserve better. Take some time, get your people (some kick ass southern rockers in the Classic Skynyrd mold) take some time to gel, that go out and kick some ass. Last night was like a sad revival. The music is too great not to play it the way it was meant to be played. You were great, but there was nothing behind you. And I say this without malice as someone that has listened and played Skynyrd for 30+ years. Make the stage burn again like you and your brother used to.


mistygypsy // August 22, 2011 11:54:22 AM UTC

@gimme_3_steps: I hope I do not become a mistake they learned from----I try to practice healthy habits as to not become a statistic or a case study, but sometimes you just gotta put your faith out there when you need help.


gimme_3_steps // August 21, 2011 3:27:47 PM UTC

Hey Johnny, hope you feel better soon. I have loved your music ever since I heard "Brickyard Road". I have spent a lot of time in the hospital so I know what your going thru. I was born with spina bifida which left me a paraplegic. I am now 42 and on dialysis. so just keep your head up. remember all your fans, friends and family are all praying for you. and remember the word practice is on the dr's license. because they are still practicing. I aways make that joke. pisses most dr's off.


hawthorne // August 20, 2011 8:01:47 PM UTC

Get well Johnny i will pray for u


the captain // August 18, 2011 12:30:44 AM UTC

hope to see you all at pnc nj this sunday. I saw my first show in 1976 at capital theater in passaic nj front row. It was the johnny vanzant band,atlanta rythm section 38 special and of course LSB. You all blew me away and got to shake ronnies hand! I have not missed any tour of witch there have been many lineup changes, including rossington collins shows. I have 8th row at pnc center and hope you are well enough to kick some ass! see you yhere The Captian


kamom2401 // August 17, 2011 8:45:28 PM UTC

Hey Johnny! Hope you're feeling better!

Remember the Carnival cruise of '94? Looking forward to the concert at the PNC Bank Arts Center in NJ on August 21st! See you there! Mick


BDP // August 16, 2011 7:23:41 AM UTC

Wishing you a speedy recovery, Johnny! I have tickets to see you for the 5th time this Sunday in Holmdel, NJ. It'll be my 1-year anniversary with my girlfriend, hope you'll be there to make it extra special!


swamp queen // August 16, 2011 4:32:47 AM UTC

Hi Johnny,

I'm very sorry to hear that you aren't feeling good. I hope you get well soon. I'll keep you in my prayers and thoughts.

Take care of yourself.



Bibith // August 16, 2011 3:15:15 AM UTC

I hope you get well soon Johnny. We missed you at Fort Knox on August 13th. I bought tickets the first day they went on sale on base. I took the day off just to get those tickets. I know about staph infections. I work in a doctors office here in Louisville, Ky and I work for 2 groups of doctors. One of the groups is Infectious Diseases. I bought 4 tickets. 2 of those tickets were for 2 teenage boys that are 16 and 18. They love your music (especially the 18 year old) and this was going to be their first rock concert. The 18 year old is especially good on guitar. He taught his self. We are hoping that you guys come back this way. We missed you on August 13, 2011. It was a good show with Kansas and Doobie's but it would of been better if you all were there.

Anyway, get well Johnny. I wish you well. If you could let me know if you are coming back this way. That will be so awesome. It will be the 3rd time to see you if you come back this way. First time was at Fort Knox about 6 years ago and then at Caesars Casino in Indiana.

Rawk on Johnny. Hope to see you soon.



Cella // August 15, 2011 11:17:02 PM UTC

Johnny - God Bless. I know all about Staff Infections. Without worrying you, my mother was hospitalized for that as well. She is significantly older than you which was difficult for her to get better. You will, you are strong, positive and a good man. Skynyrd wouldn't be Skynyrd without you too!!!!! Get healthy, stay strong. Love all of you guys past and present!!!! Cella

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