Lynyrd Skynyrd not quite saying farewell

They may be on their final farewell tour (debatable), but don’t close the book on Lynyrd Skynyrd’s career just yet. Frontman Johnny Van Zant said the band has other plans – including a new album.

In a recent interview with Madness to Creation, Van Zant said, “We have an album in the can…a bunch of songs that we’re all the time writing … probably after this tour we’ll have that album, do a studio thing.” Van Zant said that the band also recorded its last show in Jacksonville, with the hopes of an eventual DVD/CD release.

Lynyrd Skynyrd’s farewell tour was extended last month, and according to Van Zant, it’s been an emotional experience: “The crowds have been just great,” he said. “It’s been fun and sad at the same time to know that some of these places are the last time we’ll play there.” He added that the tour might end up being extended again because there are other places that the band would like to play. “We have a lot of places we still want to hit. We’ll probably make another run sometime through Europe and down to Brazil, Australia and New Zealand.”

As far as his own plans are concerned, Van Zant said that he’s been writing music with his brother Donnie. He offered insights into some other possible musical ventures: “One of my things on my bucket list is to do a gospel album. I’d also like to maybe make a blues record. I’ve done a couple of country albums. But I’d love to do those things before I go on to the mighty big heaven up in the sky too.”


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