Farewell tours are so 2020. After the pandemic derailed Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour, the venerable Southern rock band are resuming and rebranding their trek: The Big Wheels Keep on Turnin’ Tour kicks off June 13th and includes 30 dates into November.
The group’s core members — founding guitarist Gary Rossington, singer Johnny Van Zant, and guitarist Rickey Medlocke — spoke about their decision to remain a touring act in a new video interview.
“Covid turned our world upside down. And since that time, we have been talking amongst the band, and realized that music has such a way of healing. Maybe it’s not our time to go,” Rossington said. “And maybe it’s our time to lift people’s spirits and lives and bring back some joy and happiness after so much turmoil this past year. We’re still standing, still keeping the music going.”
Lynyrd Skynyrd performed their first show since the start of the pandemic this past weekend, headlining the opening night of the Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam in Panama City Beach, Florida.
The Big Wheels Keep on Turnin’ Tour includes an array of special guests, including Eighties rockers Tesla on most dates. Kansas, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Blackberry Smoke, Allman Betts Band and the Marshall Tucker Band will also appear on select shows.
In April, Synyrd released Lynyrd Skynyrd: Live at Knebworth ‘76, a DVD, CD and LP set documenting a classic-line performance from the U.K.’s Knebworth Festival in 1976.
Lynyrd Skynyrd 2021 tour dates:
June 13 — Forest City, IA @ Country Thunder Iowa
June 18 — Ft. Worth, TX @ Billy Bob’s Texas
June 19 — Ft. Worth, TX @ Billy Bob’s Texas
July 22 — Shakopee, MN @ Twin Cities Summer Jam
July 23 — Minot, ND @ North Dakota State Fair
August 9 — Canton, OH @ Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium
August 10 — Jackson, MI @ Jackson County Fair
August 13 — Atlanta, GA @ Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood
August 14 — Cullman, AL @ Rock The South
August 19 — Canandaigua, NY @ CMAC
August 20 — Bethel, NY @ Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
August 22 — Wildwood, NJ @ Barefoot Country Music Festival
August 27 — Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
August 28 — Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center
September 3 — Paducah, KY @ Touchdowns and Tunes Tailgate Party
September 4 — Durant, OK @ Choctaw Grand Theater
September 17 — Selbyville, DE @ Freeman Arts Pavilion
September 18 — Doswell, VA @ After Hours Concerts at the Meadow Event Park
September 23 — Mansfield, MA @ Xfinity Center
September 27 — Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheater
October 1 — Irvine, CA @ FivePoint Amphitheater
October 2 — Laughlin, NV @ Laughlin Event Center
October 8 — Noblesville, IN @ Ruoff Music Center
October 9 — Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
November 5 — Knoxville, TN @ Thompson Boling Arena
November 6 — Charleston, WV @ Charleston Coliseum
November 13 — Greensboro, NC @ Greensboro Coliseum
November 14 — Daytona Beach, FL @ Welcome to Rockville
November 19 — Bossier City, LA @ Brookshire Grocery Arena