The rock and steel neighborhood mourns the dying of Gary Rossington, the final remaining unique member of southern rock legends Lynyrd Skynyrd.
The band confirmed that the 71-year-old guitarist had died yesterday (March 5) by way of an announcement shared on social media.
“It is with our deepest sympathy and sadness that we have to advise, that we lost our brother, friend, family member, songwriter and guitarist, Gary Rossington, today. Gary is now with his Skynyrd brothers and family in heaven and playing it pretty, like he always does. Please keep Dale, Mary, Annie and the entire Rossington family in your prayers and respect the family’s privacy at this difficult time,” wrote the group.
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On-line, rock and steel musicians, in addition to different notable neighborhood members, have paid tribute to the late rocker, who appeared on every of Skynyrd’s 14 studio albums, the final being 2012’s Final of a Dyin’ Breed.
Metallica’s James Hetfield writes a private message that has been shared on the band’s Instagram web page, alongside a photograph of the frontman joined onstage by Rossington on the steel icons’ thirtieth anniversary present.
“RIP Brother Gary,” begins Papa Het, “Thank you bringing me so much joy with our guitar playing and songwriting in one of my all time favorite bands, Lynyrd Skynyrd.”
Others, together with Zakk Wylde, Journey’s Neal Schon, Motorhead’s Phil Campbell, Weapons N’ Roses’ Richard Fortus all lamented the loss as did nation notables Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Travis Tritt and Will Hoge, as seen under.
At present, Lynyrd Skynyrd and ZZ High have a North American summer season tour booked collectively, the latter carrying on with longtime tech Elwood Francis rather than late bassist and co-singer Obligation Hill because the summer season of 2021. View these dates right here.
Rockers Mourn the Lack of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Gary Rossington
Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society, Ozzy Osbourne, Pantera)
Phil Campbell (Motorhead)
Neal Schon (Journey)
Damon Johnson (Skinny Lizzy)
Richard Fortus (Weapons N’ Roses)
Doug Aldrich (The Useless Daisies, ex-Dio, ex-Whitesnake)
Kenny Wayne Shepherd
Michael Amott (Arch Enemy, ex-Carcass)
Jeremy Wagner (Damaged Hope)
Matt Pinfield (The Energy Hour TV present)
Mark Strigl (SiriusXM)
Eddie Trunk (SiriusXM)
Lou Brutus (SiriusXM)
David Ellefson (The Lucid, Kings of Thrash, ex-Megadeth)
Frank Hannon (Tesla)
Jared James Nichols
Craig Locicero (Forbidden)
Kane Roberts (Alice Cooper)
Ron Keel (Keel)
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