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 continuing and rebranding their trek: The Big Wheels Keep on Turnin’ Tour starts off June thirteenth and incorporates 30 dates into November.
The group’s core members — founding guitarist Gary Rossington, artist Johnny Van Zant, and guitarist Rickey Medlocke — talked about their decision to stay 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 played out their first show since the beginning of the pandemic this previous end of the week, headlining the premiere night of the Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam in Panama City Beach, Florida.
The Big Wheels Keep on Turnin’ Tour includes a 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 likewise show up 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