Lynyrd Skynyrd recently shared a statement regarding the band’s future following the passing of guitarist Gary Rossington:
“The current members of the band, led by Johnny Van Zant, the singer for the past 36 years, were unsure if they would continue following Gary’s untimely passing.
”After much discussion with the band, the families of Ronnie Van Zant and Allen Collins, and Dale Rossington, the collective has reached unified support, and feel that continuing to perform LIVE, and keeping the music alive, is in the best interest of the fans and everyone involved.”
Rossington’s widow, Dale, also stated:
“I recently lost my husband and partner of over 41 years. He was an amazing father, grandfather, brother, and friend, but most importantly was a world-class musician and songwriter. It’s been my honor and privilege to share the stage with him for all these years.
”His music touched so many millions of people around The World, and Gary was always the first to say how ‘Skynyrd’s music is bigger than me or any one person.'”
“Gary made it known at every chance to express how timeless the music was, and it was always his goal to keep the music alive for his brothers because that was always their dream. He spent his entire life trying to carry on that dream for Ronnie, Allen, Steve, and all the others over the years.
”While he was not able to physically be on stage with the current lineup over the last couple years, he supported them in every way. His dream will continue thanks to Johnny, Rickey, and the rest of our band mates to continue to carry his legacy and music on for future generations.”