Gary Rossington’s Last Lynyrd Skynyrd Show Immortalized Him, Michael Cartellone Explains

Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer Michael Cartellone recently sat down with 98.7 The Gator and revealed that the last show Gary Rossington played, the one they happened to be filming, immortalized the guitarist before he passed away this past March from health struggles. The drummer said:

“Back in November of 2022, we did a performance in Nashville at the very famous Ryman Auditorium, and we filmed it for a PBS special that is going to air in August to coincide with the 50th anniversary. I’m very proud to say that Gary Rossington and his lovely wife Dale were there that night, but we had no way of knowing that was going to be Gary’s last show, but it was filmed, which is pretty unbelievable.”

Johnny Van Zant had recently announced that as Lynyrd Skynyrd, they were preparing to share with fans the concert film ‘The 50th Anniversary of Lynyrd Skynyrd’, which will feature Gary’s final concert with the band. He said:

“We are excited to share this special night and celebrate 50 Years of Skynyrd music with the Skynyrd Nation. We were fortunate to capture this special evening with Gary Rossington… It is certainly bittersweet because this was Gary’s last show, but we are so fortunate that we were able to share one last special night together onstage, doing what Gary loved.”

Michael also shared during his interview what he and Gary talked about over the years the drummer had known the guitarist. He expressed:

“Gary was, God, bless him, what a great man, a great friend, and a hardcore Beatles fan. I would say in the 26 years I knew Gary Rossington, 99 percent of our conversations were about The Beatles; it’s just what it was. So yes, God bless him; rest in peace, Gary.”

You can watch Michael Cartellone’s interview with 98.7 The Gator below.