Gary Rossington On Being Replaced For The Lynyrd Skynyrd Live Shows

Gary Rossington worried his fans when he suffered a heart attack. Sadly, his heart issues prevented him from taking the stage with Lynyrd Skynyrd for the rest of their live shows. In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Rossington revealed how it feels like being replaced during gigs.

Due to his heart issues, Gary Rossington had to step back and allow Damon Johnson to fill in for him during Lynyrd Skynyrd’s live performances. As the Big Wheels Keep On Turning Tour continues, Rossington expressed his feelings about being replaced by Johnson and having to watch the band offstage.

“A lot of different emotions, you know,” Rossington said about seeing Lynyrd Skynyrd on stage with another guitarist. “The notes are the same, and the songs are the same. It sounds good to me. It sounds like our band.”

“I look out and don’t see the original band — it’s strange,” he admitted. “Then I look out and see a replacement for me, which is strange. Just hearing the songs without me playing them live is very strange. So there are 101 strange things happening. But to see the younger people enjoying it makes your heart warm.”

Gary Rossington continued by claiming that Lynyrd Skynrd is now a tribute band. He noted, “I can still play. It’s just the travel and getting to planes and hotels. It’s so hard on me, especially when you got heart trouble. It’s a tribute band right now, and everybody knows it’s not the original.”

So, it seems like the guitarist doesn’t believe Lynyrd Skynyrd is the original band without him. Sadly, his health issues haven’t allowed him to finish the rest of the shows on stage. However, Rossington is happy that their fans still enjoy Skynyrd’s classics, with or without him.