The end of an era will take place on September 2, 2018, when Lynard Skynyrd performs the final concert of their Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour in the band’s hometown, Jacksonville, Florida.
Original plans had scheduled their last appearance on September 1 in Atlanta, but the band added one last farewell at the Florida stadium where the Jaguars play. Skynyrd was formed in Jacksonville in 1964 and inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006.
Jason Aldean and Kid Rock, friends of the band, will join them for their final show. Guest performers for the farewell tour, which kicks off in West Palm Beach, Florida, on May 4, 2018, include rock greats like Hank Williams, the Charlie Daniels Band, the Marshall Tucker Band, Bad Company, 38 Special, and Blackberry Smoke.
At a press conference, Johnny Van Zant called the concert “a dream come true for the Lynyrd Skynyrd Band” and credited his brother Ronnie Van Zant, Alan Collins, and Gary Rossington with founding the band over 50 years ago.
“We are on our farewell tour. It’s time to wrap it up. To be able to play Jacksonville, here, with the Jags, come on. It doesn’t get any better than that,” Van Zant said to News 4 Jax.
Ronnie Van Zant died in 1977 with two other members of the band in a plane crash, bringing Skynyrd’s Southern rock to a halt. The group came together for a reunion tour in 1987 with Johnny Van Zant as the lead singer. Lynard Skynyrd, best known for their classics “Freebird” and “Sweet Home Alabama”, has sold 28 million records in the United States.