BASSIST JOHNNY COLT, ORIGINAL MEMBER OF THE BLACK CROWES, JOINS LYNYRD SKYNYRD 4th May 2012
Loud & Proud/Roadrunner Records announced today the release of 'Last Of A Dying Breed' from Lynyrd Skynyrd, the band's first studio album since the September 29th 2009 release of 'God & Guns' which debuted at #18 on the Billboard Top 20 and gave the band their highest debut since 1977. 'Last Of A Dying Breed' reunites the band with producer Bob Marlette who produced 'God & Guns'.
"It was great to get back in the studio with Bob for this new album," said 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. We had a lot of fun and the music really flowed for us, so that's when you know you are on to something good. We can't wait to let the fans hear these songs and play 'em live."
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Led by core members Gary Rossington (guitar), Johnny Van Zant (vocals) and Rickey Medlocke (guitar), along with longtime drummer Michael Cartellone, Lynyrd Skynyrd have recorded an album that continues the tremendous legacy that began over 35 years ago in Jacksonville, Florida, a legacy that was halted for a decade after the 1977 plane crash that killed three band members, including Ronnie Van Zant and Steve Gaines. Since then, the band tragically lost Billy Powell, Ean Evans, Allen Collins, Leon Wilkeson and Huey Thomasson, yet they rock on.
Joining Lynyrd Skynyrd will be bass player Johnny Colt, an original member of the Black Crowes who has also played with Train and Rockstar Supernova. When asked about receiving a phone call from Rickey Medlocke on behalf of Lynyrd Skynyrd to join the band, Johnny said: "What else do you say to Medlocke, Rossington and Van Zant? We're talking southern rock royalty. We're talking Lynyrd Skynyrd. The only thing out of my mouth was when and where!"
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 And Roll Hall of Famers Lynyrd Skynyrd remain a cultural icon that appeals to all generations.
Lynyrd Skynyrd will be on tour throughout the summer in North America and Europe.
Lynyrd Skynyrd's Current Line Up: 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, Carol Chase- Honkettes, Backing Vocals.