New York --- Lynyrd Skynyrd and Bad Company have announced 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.

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 Famers 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), Dale Krantz Rossington- Honkettes (Backing Vocals) and Carol Chase-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's Simon 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.

Bad Company has inspired many of today's musicians. Most notably, Metal band Five Finger Death Punch who scored a #1 Active Rock hit with a cover of the song "Bad Company". Since 2001, the band has only played 11 isolated performances, and has not staged a tour of The United States until now. In front of the run, Rodgers shares, "When Mick and I formed the band in the 70's we were amazed at the instant success. It didn't hurt to have Led Zeppelin behind us, and we wrote some decent songs that still resonate. This one is for fans."

Lynyrd Skynyrd's Johnny Van Zant offers, "Every member of Skynyrd has been fans of Bad Company from the get go. Personally, Paul is one of my favorite rock singers. We have a deep appreciation for Bad Company’s music and look forward to being on the road with them and sharing the stage.” Paul Rodgers reveals, "The Skynyrds and I go back to the 70's and the days and nights at the Hyatt House on Sunset in LA aka the Riot House. In the 90's the band introduced me to my wife Cynthia, and that's why I am so damned happy and healthy these years."

Special guests and Kentucky-bred hard rockers, Black Stone Cherry, will be kicking things off on The 40 Tour. Their music has been described as Southern-fried hard rock about everything from being proud of where you come from and true to who you are.

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

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

*Black Stone Cherry not appearing on this date

Posted by TheDuke in Site News March 03, 2013 3:23:00 PM UTC |

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Bamawolf2004 // April 11, 2014 4:04:04 PM UTC

@alabama girl 7707: Looks like we get to see our guys in Cullman at Rock the South in June. Hope to see you there. I will be wearing my Big Joe Annual Picnic shirt in memory of my good friends: Joe Chesney, Billy Powell, Hughie Thommason, Leon"The Mad Hatter" Wilkinson, Steve and Cassie Gaines,Dean Kilpatrick, and of course, Mr. Ronnie Van Zant. May they all rock on forever!!! Heaven is jumping for sure. Have a Great Day. SKYNYRD RULES!!!!!!!!!! ROLL TIDE ROLL!!!!!!


cinsmom // April 11, 2014 12:36:37 PM UTC

Saw u in Bristoe Va last july 14th it was my b day cant wait for the concert this july .hope we have better weather.I suffered a heat stroke ..after B Company.So my concert was cut short.Skynard and Bad my fav of all time.Even got my kids into it.Haha


Portia // November 09, 2013 3:17:38 PM UTC

On June 20th yall are gonna be in Auburn,WA. My son is stationed at Lewis/McCord Army section...I would be so honored if I was able to buy him and his wife tix to this concert and give them a well deserved evening to enjoy..He has just returned from Afphganistan and GOD only knows what will happen between now and then..But, if I'm able to buy and give them the tix, could you just give a little shout out to Jody and Jessica Jones ?? I know she goes through ALMOST as much as he does when he's deployed this would be a GREAT and Deserving present, if I was able to make this happen they love you guys as much as I do..His 16th b'day was your concert in Muscle shoals/Florence Alabama I took him and his friends to see yall..Thanks..Please respond back.


Suzw // July 24, 2013 2:14:51 PM UTC

While in concert at BETHEL WOODS (Bethel-NY) can you dedicate "Simple Man" in Memory of 21 yr old TREVOR LOUGHLIN, who died recently in a water-boating accident in Texas. His home is here in Sullivan Co and his family is attending the concert - Lynard Skynard was HIS band and he LOVED that song...
If you don't have it in your playlist, just know he was your #1 fan and say a word!!!
Thanks. Much appreciated!!!
Play well. See you this week!


rocker240 // July 22, 2013 3:10:53 AM UTC

Black Stone Cherry opened the show......They were smokin!
Skynyrd came on next and just tore it up! They just get better and better!
Bad Company comes on last and rocked it too.

You will not be disappointed with any part of this show except .......the end


rocker240 // July 22, 2013 3:07:33 AM UTC

Great Show on 7/13/13 in Charlotte. Been a fan of Skynyrd since 73. I was so into the show that I didn't get an Event T-Shirt........Anyone help me find them??


danalynn // July 16, 2013 6:40:32 PM UTC

I'm wanting this info as well. I'm going to be there on Friday too! Can't wait!!!!


rvzforever // July 15, 2013 5:44:00 PM UTC

Can anyone who has seen the show tell me which band opened the show,and who was on last? ....Gonna see them this Friday in Pittsburgh...dont wanna be late for Skynyrd......



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