Lynyrd Skynyrd announced that they will be postponing their tour after guitarist Rickey Medlocke tested positive for Covid-19. The band have cancelled a string of tour dates in the US and, in a statement, said: “Longtime band member Rickey Medlocke has tested positive for Covid-19. Rickey is home resting and responding well to treatment.”
The band have said that they will not be playing their upcoming dates in Alabama, Ohio, and Missouri due to fears surrounding the guitarist’s health. Their show in Atlanta, Georgia has been postponed to October 23rd.
The band released their full statement in a tweet, which read: “Due to unforeseen circumstances, Lynyrd Skynyrd is unable to perform the next four shows in Canton, OH, Jackson, MI, Atlanta, GA and Cullman, AL. Longtime band member Rickey Medlocke has tested positive for Covid-19. Rickey is home resting and responding well to treatment. We will continue to update you on his condition.”
Medlocke is not the only member of Lynyrd Skynyrd to have suffered during the pandemic. The band have been stung by Covid-19 in the past, with fellow guitarist Gary Rossington being forced to undergo emergency heart surgery after contracting the virus last month.
During the band’s performance in Minnesota, vocalist Johnny Van Zandt expaloned to the audience that Rossington had been forced to have “an emergency stent put in his heart”, which is a procedure performed in order to stop the arteries from closing up. He is expected, however, to make a full recovery.
The bad news has come at the worst time for the band. Lynyrd Skynyrd were well into their ‘Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour’, which began back in 2018 and was set to run through 2020. However, the pandemic forced the band to postpone the majority of their shows. Of course, with Rossington being the only surviving founding member of the band, health has been one of Lynyrd Skynyrd’S chief concerns throughout the pandemic.