Blondie, Black Sabbath & More Inducted into Hall of Fame

March 13: This Day in Rock History

In 2006 – Blondie, The Sex Pistols, Black Sabbath, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Miles Davis are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Blondie’s performance is marred when several old members of the band try to rush the stage.

In 1970 – Police fear a Beatles connection when a terrorist organization calling itself Revolutionary Force 9 takes credit for three bombings in New York.

And in 1966 – Rod Stewart leaves Steampacket to go solo.

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Lynyrd Skynyrd to Embark on Farewell Tour

Lynyrd Skynyrd are set to make one last tour. They’ve announced the first leg of the Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour, which will take place this spring and summer.

“It’s hard to imagine, after all these years, the band that Ronnie Van Zant, Allen Collins and myself started back in Jacksonville, would resonate for this long and to so many generations of fans,” guitarist Gary Rossington said. “I’m certain they are looking down from above, amazed that the music has touched so many.”

Singer Johnny Van Zant added, “We’ve been blessed by these great songs and the messages they carry to the fans. It’s been a true honor to try and fill in my brother’s footsteps for the past 31 years, keeping the music and his spirit alive.”

The tour will begin on May 4 at the Coral Sky Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach, Fla., and conclude Sept. 1 at the Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood in Atlanta. Tickets for most dates go on sale to the general public on Feb. 2 at 10AM, with a pre-sale for Citi card members taking place from Jan. 30 at 10AM until Feb. 1 at 10PM. The exceptions are the July 20 show in Mansfield, Mass., where tickets go on sale at 11AM, and the Aug. 10 date in Detroit, where tickets go on sale on Feb. 3. The complete calendar is listed below, and you can get full ticketing information, including VIP packages, at the band’s website.

Throughout the tour, Lynyrd Skynyrd will share the stage with many of their friends, including Kid Rock, Bad Company, Marshall Tucker Band, 38 Special, Hank Williams Jr., Charlie Daniels Band, Blackfoot and Blackberry Smoke.

Rossington has been beset by health problems lately. Last November, the band canceled two shows due to an undisclosed medical emergency, and several issues with his heart, including a heart attack in October 2015, have sidelined the band in recent years.

In conjunction with the tour, Lynyrd Skynyrd will release a single called “The Last of the Street Survivors.” Further details on the song, and which acts will be at which shows, are forthcoming.

Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour
May 4 – Coral Sky Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach, Fla.
May 5 – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa, Fla.
May 11 – Starplex Pavilion, Dallas, Texas
May 12 – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Presented by Huntsman, Houston, Texas
May 18 – Ak-Chin Pavilion, Phoenix, Ariz.
May 19 – Mattress Firm Amphitheatre, Chula Vista, Calif.
May 25 – Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, Calif.
May 26 – Glen Helen Amphitheater, San Bernardino, Calif.
June 22 – PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, N.J.
June 23 – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theatre, Wantagh, N.Y.
June 29 – Coastal Credit Union Music Park, Raleigh, N.C.
June 30 – PNC Music Pavilion, Charlotte, N.C.
July 6 – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater, Virginia Beach, Va
July 7 – Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, Va.
July 13 – Darien Lake Amphitheater, Darien, N.Y.
July 14 – Xfinity Theatre, Hartford, Ct.
July 20 – Xfinity Center, Mansfield, Mass.
July 21 – Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel, N.Y.
July 27 – Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
July 28 – Hersheypark Stadium, Hershey, Pa.
Aug. 3 – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, Tinley Park, Ill.
Aug. 4 – Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center, Noblesville, Ind.
Aug. 10 – DTE Energy Music Theatre, Detroit, Mich.
Aug. 11 – Budweiser Stage, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Aug. 17 – Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
Aug. 18 – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, St. Louis, Mo.
Aug. 24 – Lakeview Amphitheatre, Syracuse, N.Y.
Aug. 25 – KeyBank Pavilion, Burgettstown, Pa.
Aug. 31 – Oak Mountain Amphitheatre, Pelham, Ala.
Sept. 1 – Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood, Atlanta, Ga.

Lynyrd Skynyrd Biopic Begins Filming

Lynyrd Skynyrd is getting the biopic treatment.

Street Survivors: The True Story of the Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash begins filming today and will tell the story of the band’s early years and rise to fame.

Lynyrd Skynyrd will be brought to the big screen by, Taylor Clift as Ronnie Van Zant, Samuel Kay Forrest as Steve Gaines and Rich Dally III as Allen Collins, and Ian Shultis is playing Artimus Pyle. Pyle wrote the story that the script is based on.
Variety reports that actors Neill Byrnes and Anthony Rocco Bovo have been hired to play Aerosmith‘s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry.

If the title doesn’t give it away, a big part of the plot will reflect on the 1977 plane crash that killed three band members, one of the group’s road managers, and both pilots.

For Pyle, who shared his version of the Skynyrd saga with the director and co-writer Jared Cohn, the accident still represents a heartbreaking loss of potential.
“We could play with any band — any band, whether it was the Rolling Stones, anyone, and we would hold our own or better. I think of that accident every day and what we might have accomplished if we’d have 10 more years,” said Pyle. “I want the movie to portray my band members the way they were: real, funny people who loved the music, loved the success that allowed us to be able to travel the world and play for kings and queens all over this planet.”


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