Lynyrd Skynyrd have restarted their 'farewell' tour and are reconsidering: 'Maybe it's not our time to go'

Why the band had a change of heart
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Saying goodbye is never easy, which is why Lynyrd Skynyrd may have had a change of heart.

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Lynyrd Skynyrd announced their Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour back in early 2018 as a way to say goodbye to fans. The band was well into the trek when the COVID-19 pandemic struck and forced the band to put the tour on hold.

Now that they’ve had some time to think things over, they’re going to hold off on saying farewell.

Lynyrd Skynyrd announced the Big Wheels Keep On Turnin’ Tour, a 30-date trek across the country beginning this June. “We were two shows into the end of the three-year plan for the farewell tour, when the virus hit and everything was just gone,” singer Johnny Van Zant said in a statement.

“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."

Rather than continue their previously scheduled farewell tour, the band opted to hit the road once again.

“COVID turned our world upside down,” guitarist Gary Rossington added.

“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. 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.”

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