Gary Rossington, original and current member of Lynyrd Skynyrd, is recovering from emergency heart surgery and is expected to make a full recovery.

Skynyrd’s Johnny Van Zant made the announcement to a crowd at Minnesota’s Twin Cities Summer Jam, and said that Rossington had to have a “stent put in his heart.”

While he’s recovering, guitarist Damon Johnson is filling in for him on the road.

The 69-year-old is currently at home resting and recovering with his family.


  • Lynyrd Skynyrd kicked off a 30-date tour in June.
  • Tesla is on board most of the tour.
  • KansasJoan Jett & The BlackheartsBlackberry SmokeAllman Betts Band, and the Marshall Tucker Band are opening some dates as well.
  • Frontman Johnny Van Zant recently battled coronavirus.


  • Rossington is founding member of Rossington Collins Band, along with former bandmate Allen Collins.
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006.
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd plane was in 1977. Rossington was one of the 20 passengers who survived the crash.