Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Gary Rossington underwent emergency heart surgery this week. The procedure forced the legendary southern rock band to postpone another two weeks of shows.
Rossington complained of chest pains earlier in the week, leading the band to cancel a performance. The only remaining original member of Lynyrd Skynyrd suffered a heart attack a little less than a year ago.
In a Facebook post, the band said they hope to be back on the road by their August 4 show in the Woodlands, Texas. They also listed several of the shows they’ve had to reschedule while Rossington recovers at home.
The 64-year old’s battle with heart issues has been ongoing ever since he survived the fateful 1977 plane crash that killed three of his bandmates. He underwent serious heart surgery in 2003 as well.
Aside from the setback, Skynyrd’s tour alongside Peter Frampton has been a massive success. The group is enjoying a resurgence in popularity. Due to the recent cancellations, the summer tour now extends into September.
Here’s to hoping for Rossington’s speedy recovery and continued success on the road.