Although Lynyrd Skynyrd has begun the long goodbye, taking their show off the road doesn’t mean the end of the band. Ultimate Classic Rock posted excerpts from the band’s appearance on AXS TV’s The Big Interview With Dan Rather, in which sole surviving co-founder Gary Rossington revealed to Rather, “After a few years of doin’’ (the farewell tour), we’re gonna do a new record. So, we won’t go away, but we won’t be touring every year like we do.”
Frontman Johnny Van Zant, who stepped into his late-brother Ronnie Van Zant’s shoes when the band reformed in 1987, spoke lovingly about his older brother’s talents: “He came out with stuff because he felt so much from his heart, and it just came through him, through God or through whatever spirit it is that makes people write songs and pull them out of the air. They would come to him, and they were magical. Like I keep saying, if he couldn’t remember ’em, he wouldn’t write it. It had to be good enough to remember, and most of ’em are.”
Johnny Van Zant recalled to Dan Rather the initial steps in revamping Skynyrd for a new generation: “Gary called me and said, ‘Hey, we wanna go out and do a tribute tour.’ I walked into a room and here are the surviving members. If my brother would’ve lived, Lynyrd Skynyrd woulda went on. He was that type of man. They asked me to be part of this; I said, ‘Let’s go in and try to rehearse.’ It’s been 31 years. 31 years for me playin’ with Gary. It seems like 31 seconds.” at 9 p.m. ET on AXS TV.
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