Lynyrd Skynyrd announce three UK shows for autumn 2012

Posted: 18th July 2012
It's a quick return to the UK for the rock legends from Florida, tickets go on sale Friday 20th July

Vowel-deficient purveyors of Southern rock, Lynyrd Skynyrd, are following their three sold-out June dates with another triumvirate of gigs in November.

The band's history falls neatly, if tragically, into two chapters. The first, pre-1977, saw Lynyrd Skynyrd emerge as a rock powerhouse, banging out enduring hits including Freebird and Sweet Home Alabama. After a brief 1979 reunion, the band reformed in 1987, a decade after the group's defining moment; a 1977 plane crash which killed band members Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines and Cassie Gaines, and three other passengers, and seriously injured the remaining five members of the band.

The plane had, with depressing simplicity, run out of fuel. Unsurprisingly, the crash proved an abrupt and all-too-brutal end to Skynryd. The late Ronnie Van Zant was eventually replaced as lead vocalist by his younger brother Johnny and, with the five surviving members, Johnny Van Zant formed the 'new' Lynyrd Skynyrd and the renaissance began.

It continues to this day, with the band releasing seven studio albums since 1991, in addition to the five hit records issued in the seventies. The most recent LP, 2009's God & Guns, was their most successful album since 1977, reaching No 18 on the Billboard 200 and breaking into the UK Top 40 albums for the first time since Street Survivors in '77. A new record, Last of a Dying Breed, is set for issue next month and the band will tour the new material in November

The short tour kicks off at the Sage in Gateshead on 11th November, followed by the Shepherds Bush Empire (12th) and UEA in Norwich on 14th November 2012. We will have tickets available for all three from 9am on Friday 20th July, priced from around £38. Tickets will sell out.

Stewart Darkin