Lynard Skynard & Bad Company Announce “The 40 Tour”



Lynyrd Skynyrd and Bad Company have announced The 40 Tour – a co-headline tour that takes the bands coast-to-coast for 12 dates.  Both bands celebrate significant 40th anniversaries in 2013, with Lynyrd Skynyrd having released their debut album on August 13, 1973 and Bad Company being formed that same year.  While the pair have shared the stage and Paul Rodgers has toured with Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bad Company and Skynyrd have never toured as co-headliners together.

Both Bands Will Supplement This Joint Excursion With Individual Headline Dates

Led by core members Gary Rossington (guitar), Johnny Van Zant (vocals) and Rickey Medlocke (guitar), along with longtime drummer Michael Cartellone, Lynyrd Skynyrd has maintained a tremendous legacy that began over 40 years ago in Jacksonville, Florida, and continues with the recently released Last Of A Dying Breed (Roadrunner)

The band’s career was halted for a decade after the 1977 plane crash that killed three band members, including Ronnie Van Zant and Steve Gaines, and then subsequently faced adversity through the losses of Billy Powell, Ean Evans, Allen Collins, Leon Wilkeson and Huey Thomasson, yet they rock on.  With a catalog of over 60 albums, sales beyond 30 million worldwide and their beloved classic American rock anthem “Sweet Home Alabama” having over two million downloaded ringtones, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame band Lynyrd Skynyrd remains a cultural icon that appeals to all generations.  The current line-up features Gary Rossington (Guitar), Johnny Van Zant (Vocals), Rickey Medlocke (Guitar), Mark “Sparky” Matejka (Guitar), Michael Cartellone (Drums), Johnny Colt (Bass), Peter Keys (Keyboards), and Dale Krantz Rossington and Carol Chase as The Honkettes (Backing Vocals).

Bad Company were dubbed a super-group upon the  band’s formation due to the union of Free’s Paul Rodgers (Vocals / Multi-Instrumentalist) with Mott The Hoople’s Mick Ralphs(Guitar) plus King Crimson’s Boz Burrell (Bass) and Free’sSimon Kirke (Drums).  Over the next nine years, the band released a string of six albums, yielding international hits “Can’t Get Enough,” “Bad Company,” “Feel Like Makin’ Love,” and many others penned by the main songwriters Paul Rodgers and Mick Ralphs. Original members Rodgers, Ralphs, and Kirke will be joined by guitarist Howard Leese and bassist Todd Ronning (from Paul Rodgers solo band).  Original bassist Boz Burrell passed away in 2006.

Special guests and Kentucky-bred hard rockers, Black Stone Cherry, will be kicking things off on The 40 Tour


The co-headline tour will stage performances at the following venues:


Jun 20 | Auburn, WA | White River Amphitheater
Jun 21 | Ridgefield, WA  | Sleep Country Amphitheater
Jun 23  |  Mountain View, CA  |  Shoreline Amphitheater
Jul 11  |  Houston, TX  |  Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Jul 13  |  Charlotte, NC   |  Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Jul 14  |  Bristow, VA  |  Jiffy Lube Live
Jul 17  |  Camden, NJ   |  Susquehanna Bank Center
Jul 19  |  Burgettstown, PA  |  First Niagara Pavilion
Jul 20   |  Noblesville, IN  |  Kilpsch Music Center
Jul 23  |  Clarkston, MI  |  DTE Energy Music Theater
Jul 24  |  Cincinnati, OH  |  Riverbend Music Center
Jul 26  |  Gilford, NH  |  Meadowbrook (Not a Live Nation date)
Jul 27  |  *Bethel, NY  |   Bethel Woods Center for the Arts


*Black Stone Cherry not appearing on this date

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