Southern rock icons Lynyrd Skynyrd say farewell at Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre on Nov. 30
From a press release:
Earlier this year, Southern rock icons Lynyrd Skynyrd revealed that, after a career that has spanned more than 40 years and includes a catalog of more than 60 albums with more than 30 million units sold, they would embark on their Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour. Produced by Live Nation, the career-concluding two-year farewell tour will have logged over 50 stops by the end of 2018.
The first leg of dates this year kicked off on May 4 in West Palm Beach, Florida at the Coral Sky Amphitheatre. The South Florida Insider said of opening night, “This was a kick ass rock concert that delivered all the energy, feel, and attitude that you’d ever want and/or need from a rock band. It was lit!” This summer, the tour will come to Hersheypark Stadium on July 28.
Tickets, which range from $26-$346.50, go on sale next Friday, June 15 at 10 a.m. and will be available at the arena’s NBT Bank Box Office (255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre), online at ticketmaster.com and livenation.com, all Ticketmaster outlets, and by phone at 800-745-3000.
Citi is the official pre-sale credit card for the Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour. As such, Citi cardmembers have access to purchase U.S. pre-sale tickets, which are available beginning Tuesday, June 12 at 10 a.m. until Thursday, June 14 at 10 p.m. through Citi’s Private Pass program.
The farewell tour will continue to take the band across the country through the remainder of this year and all of next year, giving fans one last unforgettable night of classic American rock and roll. 2019 tour dates will be announced soon.
“This farewell tour has already been the perfect end to an incredible run, and we are not even halfway through the tour yet! There is still lots of road to go and lots of fans to see one last time,” said Gary Rossington, original and founding member of Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Lead vocalist Johnny Van Zant added, “We are having a blast! Every crowd so far has been incredible. The energy and excitement they have been giving us has been like fuel on a fire. We can’t wait to get out there each night and burn it up!”
It was also announced today that the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers will perform on Saturday, Sept. 22 at this year’s two-day iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas. The band join a star-studded lineup at the T-Mobile Arena that includes Justin Timberlake, Jack White, Carrie Underwood, Mariah Carey, Jason Aldean, Sam Smith, Luke Bryan, and more. For those unable to attend, the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Festival will be broadcast live on iHeartMedia Contemporary Hit Radio stations across the country that weekend, including the iconic Z100 in New York, KIIS-FM in Los Angeles, Y100 in Miami, KISS-FM in Dallas, Chicago, and Boston, as well as many more. The CW Network will exclusively live stream the mega-concert via cwtv.com and The CW App and broadcast the two-day, televised special on Oct. 7 and Oct. 8.
Numerous friends, including but not limited to Hank Williams Jr, Bad Company, ZZ Top, Jason Aldean, Kid Rock, Charlie Daniels Band, Cheap Trick, Jamey Johnson, Marshall Tucker Band, 38 Special, Blackberry Smoke, and Blackfoot, will continue as special guests on the farewell tour. The tour derives its name from their new song, “The Last of the Street Survivors,” and the band’s fifth studio album, “Street Survivors,” that is certified multi-platinum by the RIAA and includes the platinum single “What’s Your Name.”
The Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour marks a big moment for generations of fans, as Lynyrd Skynyrd has been touring consistently since the 1990s. The band that USA Today called the “whiskey-soaked genre’s most popular and influential crew” is ready to rock one last time. The farewell tour will take original member Rossington, joined by Van Zant, Medlocke, Mark “Sparky” Matejka, Michael Cartellone, Keith Christopher, Peter Keys, Dale Krantz Rossington, Carol Chase, and special guest Jim Horn, across the country over the next two years.
The Southern rockers are best known for the RIAA platinum-certified hit “Sweet Home Alabama” and self-proclaimed signature song “Free Bird” that Rolling Stone said was “easily the most requested live song in existence.” With everlasting hits such as “Simple Man,” “Gimme Three Steps,” “What’s Your Name,” “Call Me the Breeze,” “You Got That Right,” and more, it is easy to see why Rolling Stone named Lynyrd Skynyrd one of its “100 Greatest Bands of All Time.”
Original members Ronnie Van Zant, Bob Burns, Allen Collins, Gary Rossington, and Larry Junstrom formed the band in 1964, originally known as My Backyard. The band changed to its famous name in the early ’70s and became popular in the Jacksonville, Florida area, where the original members were from. They signed with Sounds of the South Records in 1972 and released their self-titled disc the following year. The album that featured “Free Bird,” arguably the most recognized single in the Southern rock genre, has sold more than two million units since its release. Later down the road, the band recorded iconic tracks “Sweet Home Alabama” and “What’s Your Name.”
The band’s story took a tragic turn in October 1977 when a plane crash took the lives of Van Zant, Steve Gaines, backup singer Cassie Gaines, and several of their road crew. The band took a decade-long hiatus before reuniting for a tour and live album, “Southern by the Grace of God.” Since then, the band has toured and recorded extensively, with their most recent release being “Last of a Dyin’ Breed.” The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006.