Lynyrd Skynyrd has technically been on a farewell tour back since May 2018. The ongoing Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour was intended to be the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band's final victory lap. Lead singer Johnny Van Zant had said: "We've said we want to play every venue and market we've ever visited around the world one last time, and even some places we haven't, so we get to see all of Skynyrd Nation. We are getting close!"
But now they're saying farewell to farewell! Skynyrd has announced a new cross-country tour, the Big Wheels Keep On Turnin' Tour, which kicked off on June 13, 2021, and with 30 dates so far, is set to run through November 19.
"Last of the Street Survivors"
Once the Coronavirus pandemic halted the Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour, the band members did not perform together for fifteen months. And in that time, it seems, they realized they were not ready to say goodbye. At least not yet. Van Zant described the feeling:
"Once something is taken away from you -- music and touring in our case -- you truly realize how important it is and such a part of your life. Music is a great healer, and that's what we all turn to when things are good or bad. A Skynyrd show is a family affair, and we want these dates to help heal our fans as much as ourselves."
In addition to Van Zant, the band on tour will include original member Gary Rossington, along with Rickey Medlocke, Dale Krantz, Mark "Sparky" Matejka, Carol Chase, Keith Christopher, Michael Cartellone, and Peter Keys. And as always, Skynyrd will join forces with other celebrity musicians: Tesla, Kansas, Joan Jett And The Blackhearts, Allman Betts Band, Blackberry Smoke, and The Marshall Tucker Band.
So will you be making the Big Wheels Keep On Turnin' Tour your first live music experience of 2021?
Lynyrd Skynyrd's Big Wheels Keep On Turnin' Tour 2021 Dates:
Jun. 13 - Forest City, IA - Country Thunder Iowa
Jun. 18 - Ft. Worth, TX - Billy Bob's Texas
Jun. 19 - Ft. Worth, TX - Billy Bob's Texas
Jul. 22 - Shakopee, MN - Twin Cities Summer Jam
Jul. 23 - Minot, ND - North Dakota State Fair
Aug. 09 - Canton, OH - Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium
Aug. 10 - Jackson, MI - Jackson County Fair
Aug. 13 - Atlanta, GA - Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood
Aug. 14 - Cullman, AL - Rock The South
Aug. 19 - Canandaigua, NY - CMAC
Aug. 20 - Bethel, NY - Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
Aug. 22 - Wildwood, NJ Barefoot Country Music Festival
Aug. 27 - Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center
Aug. 28 - Saratoga Springs, NY - Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Sep. 03 - Paducah, KY - Touchdowns and Tunes Tailgate Party
Sep. 04 - Durant, OK - Choctaw Grand Theater
Sep. 17 - Selbyville, DE - Freeman Arts Pavilion
Sep. 18 - Doswell, VA - After Hours Concerts at the Meadow Event Park
Sep. 23 - Mansfield, MA - Xfinity Center
Sep. 27 - Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheater
Oct. 01 - Irvine, CA* - FivePoint Amphitheater
Oct. 02 - Laughlin, NV - Laughlin Event Center
Oct. 08 - Noblesville, IN - Ruoff Music Center
Oct. 09 - Cincinnati, OH - Riverbend Music Center
Nov. 05 - Knoxville, TN - Thompson Boling Arena
Nov. 06 - Charleston, WV - Charleston Coliseum
Nov. 13 - Greensboro, NC - Greensboro Coliseum
Nov. 14 - Daytona Beach, FL - Welcome To Rockville
Nov. 19 - Bossier City, LA - Brookshire Grocery Arena