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Lynyrd Skynyrd Lives On

With their first set of new studio material since 2003’sVicious Cycle, legendary rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd returns with God & Guns, due out September 29 onLoud & Proud / Roadrunner Records. Recorded in Nashville in 2008-2009 with noted rock producer Bob Marlette, input from guitarist John 5, and a wealth of material written by the band and a cadre of elite Skynyrd-minded songwriters, a remarkable album emerged.
With a backbone of Southern rock and country, passionate Van Zant vocals, and trademark layered guitars, God & Guns manages to maintain the iconic Skynyrd punch while sounding completely contemporary. Sure to attract attention in these politically divided times is the title track, which harbors a sense of menace and unwillingness to back down that hearkens back to Skynyrd’s earliest days. God & Guns, along with the unmistakable Skynyrd bite of the first single “Still Unbroken,” which was shipped to rock radio this July, form thematic songs for an album laden with attitude, heart and purpose.
The band knows the song, and others like “That Ain’t My America,” will have their critics, but Medlocke says listeners should get beyond the titles.
“Skynyrd’s about tradition,” says Medlocke. “In this record is personal tragedy, personal relationships and being on the road, all under that umbrella of real life. That’s what we think, that’s what we believe, and we stand next to that title, God & Guns.”
Beyond the tragedy, the history, the raging guitars and the killer songs, ultimately, Lynyrd Skynyrd is about an indomitable will. About survival of spirit; unbowed, uniquely American, stubbornly resolute.
“A lot of people probably expected us to say enough is enough,” admits Medlocke. But that would not be the way of this Rock & Roll Hall of Fame powerhouse.
“We wanted to show the people that not only are we doing the old material, keeping the music going, but we still have some new tricks up our sleeves, too,” says founding guitarist Gary Rossington.
With a catalog of over 60 albums and sales beyond 30 million, Lynyrd Skynyrd remains a cultural icon that appeals to all generations, andGod & Guns is a fitting addition to the canon. The Skynyrd Nation awaits.
Lynyrd Skynyrd will be wrapping up the co-headlined, 22 city Rock & Rebels Tour with good friend Kid Rock in late August, while continuing on their own headline tour into Fall.
**Skynyrd headline dates not with Kid Rock / Tour dates are as follows:
Time Warner Pavillion @Walnut Creek
Raleigh, NC
Verizon Wireless Music Center
Virginia Beach, VA
Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Charlotte, NC
Comcast Center
Mansfield, MA
Hershey Park Ampitheater
Hershey, PA
Nissan Pavilion
Bristow, VA
Jones Beach Amphitheatre
Wantagh, NY
Mid-America Center
Council Bluffs, IA **
Illinois State Fairgrounds
Springfield, IL **
Spirit Bank Event Center
Tulsa, OK **
The LC Pavilion
Columbus, OH **
Meadowbrook – US Cellular Pavilion
Gilford, NH **
Comcast Theater
Hartford, CT **
Fort McCoy Army Base
Sparta, WI **
Minnesota State Fair
St. Paul, MN
Inn Of The Mountain Gods Casino
Mescalero, NM **
Anselmo Valencia Amphitheatre
Tuscon, AZ **
Celebrity Theatre
Phoenix, AZ **
Konocti Harbor Resort & Spa
Kelseyville, CA **
Fantasy Springs Resort Hotel & Casino
Indio, CA **
Los Angeles County Fair Grounds
Pomona, CA **
The Mountain Winery
Saratoga, CA **
Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino
Lemoore, CA **
Ironstone Vineyards Amphitheatre
Murphys, CA **
Green Valley Ranch Resort, Spa And Casino
Henderson, NV **
Sandia Casino
Albuquerque, NM **
Coushatta Casino Resort
Kinder, LA **
Moody Gardens
Galveston Island, TX **


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