Lynyrd Skynyrd suspends and cancels performances after guitarist tests positive for COVID-19
TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Lynyrd Skynyrd will not perform Monday night with Brad Paisley after guitarist Rickey Medlocke tested positive for COVID-19, the Pro Football Hall of Fame announced on Saturday.
The southern rock group, which was inducted into the Rock and Rock Hall of Fame in 2006, was scheduled to co-title the Concert for Legends at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio, with three-time Grammy winner Paisley . Lynyrd Skynyrd is best known for the songs “Sweet Home Alabama” and “Free Bird”.
“Due to unforeseen circumstances, Lynyrd Skynyrd is unable to perform the next four shows,” a group publicist said in a Hall of Fame statement. Long-time group member Rickey Medlocke has tested positive for COVID-19. Rickey is resting at home and responding well to treatment.
The group was already without its only original member, Gary Rossington, 69, who is recovering from recent emergency heart surgery.
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Country music artist Jimmie Allen, who was the opening act, expanded his set list to open the show. He performs a duet with Paisley on the current hit “Freedom Was a Highway”.
Fans who purchased tickets specifically to see Lynyrd Skynyrd can request a refund by going to https://www.profootballhof.com/21cflticketoptions/. Requests cannot be made over the phone. The deadline to submit an application is Monday at 6 p.m.
The group also suspended concerts in Jackson, Mississippi; Atlanta; and Cullman, Alabama, with the August 13 show in Atlanta postponed to October 23.
Contribution: Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY; and the associated press
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