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May032012

New Lynyrd Skynrd Album, "Last of a Dying Breed," Arriving in August; Band Introduces New Bassist

Loud & Proud/Roadrunner RecordsLynyrd Skynyrd will release a brand-new studio effort titled Last of a Dying Breed on August 21.  The album will be the follow-up to 2009's Gods & Guns, which debuted at #18 on the Billboard 200 chart.  Like that record, Last of a Dying Breed was produced by Bob Marlette, whose credits also include albums by Alice Cooper, Black Sabbath and Asia singer John Wetton.

"It was great to get back in the studio with Bob for this new album," says Skynyrd guitarist Gary Rossington.  "We kind of went back old school this time.  All of us playing together in the studio as a band, tracking songs and creating licks."

Skynyrd also has announced that original Black Crowes member Johnny Colt has signed on as the group's new bass player.  With regard to being asked to join the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band, Colt declares, "What else do you say to [guitarist Ricky] Medlocke, Rossington and [singer Johnny] Van Zant?  We're talking Southern rock royalty…The only thing out of my mouth was when and where!"

Meanwhile, Skynyrd has been amassing plenty of new tour dates that will see the group on the road into the fall.  Here are all of the band's confirmed North American shows:

5/4 -- Baltimore, MD, Pier Six Concert Pavilion
5/5 -- Fredericksburg, VA, Celebrate Virginia Live
5/11 -- Crewe, VA, Virginia State Park Pavilion at Hooper Park
5/12 -- Chester, PA, Harrahs Chester Downs
5/18 -- Mahnomen, MN, Shooting Star Casino
5/19 -- Welch, MN, Treasure Island Resort & Casino
5/25 -- Indianapolis, IN, Indianapolis Motor Speedway
5/26 -- Little Rock, AR, Riverfest Amphitheatre
7/6 -- Kahnawake, Canada, Maddies Place
7/7 -- Varysburg, NY, Buffalo Hill Village
7/8 -- Westbury, NY, Theatre at Westbury
7/13 -- Bridgeview, IL, Toyota Park
7/14 -- Jackson, MI, Jackson County Fairgrounds
7/19 -- Monticello, IA, Great Jones County Fair
7/20 -- Belmont, OH, Jamboree in the Hills
7/21 -- Kingsport, TN, FunFest @Johnson Memorial Stadium
7/22 -- Saint Leonard, MD, Bayside Toyota Pavilion
8/3 -- Charlotte, NC, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
8/4 -- Raleigh, NC, Time Warner Pavilion @Walnut Creek
8/9 -- Sturgis, SD, Buffalo Chip Campground
8/11 -- Tower, MN, Fortune Bay Resort and Casino
8/16 -- Bethlehem, PA, Sands Bethlehem Event Center
8/17 -- Wallingford, CT, Oakdale Theatre
8/18 -- Havelock, Canada, Havelock Country Jamboree
8/24 -- Bossier City, LA, CenturyLink Center
8/25 -- Orange Beach, AL, Amphitheater at the Wharf
8/31 -- Memphis, TN, Memphis Botanic Gardens
9/1 -- Atlanta, GA, Turner Field
10/4 -- Fresno, CA, Paul Paul Theatre
10/5 -- Stockton, CA, Stockton Arena
10/6 -- Saratoga, CA, The Mountain Winery

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