Southern rock icons Lynyrd Skynyrd aren't quite ready to say goodbye after all — not until they rock Billy Bob's Texas for the very first time, at least. The legendary band will take the take stage at the World’s Largest Honky Tonk, in the Fort Worth Stockyards, on June 18 and 19.
The shows come during Billy Bob's Texas' star-studded 40th anniversary year.
In 2018, the group announced that, after a 40-year career and a catalog of more than 60 albums with hits like “Sweet Home Alabama” and "Free Bird," they would embark on their "Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour." The career-concluding farewell tour logged over 50 stops, including Dallas, by the end of 2018.
“It takes a long time to finish a farewell tour when you’re like us, ‘cause we’ve played everywhere… I keep jokin’ it’d take ten years to do the farewell tour,” original member and guitarist Gary Rossington told Dan Rather on The Big Interview a year later.
Then COVID-19 hit and pressed pause on the farewell tour.
"You know, we were in the last part of the Farewell Tour when COVID turned our world upside down," Rossington says in a release. "And since that time, we have been talking amongst the band, and realized that music has such a way of healing. Maybe it’s not our time to go? And maybe it’s our time to lift people’s spirits and lives and bring back some joy and happiness after so much turmoil this past year."
It's hard to believe that Lynyrd Skynyrd — named one of Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Bands of All Time — has never played Billy Bob's Texas as a full band. For the Fort Worth shows, Rossington will be joined by Johnny Van Zant, Rickey Medlocke, Mark “Sparky” Matejka, Michael Cartellone, Keith Christopher, Peter Keys, Dale Krantz Rossington, and Carol Chase.
Tickets, $150-$200 (reserved) and $50 (general admission) go on sale Friday, April 23, and can be purchased online at billybobstexas.com or by phone at 817-624-7117.