Johnny Van Zant Confirms Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Retirement Plans


In a recent interview with Florida Times-Union, Lynyrd Skynyrd‘s lead singer Johnny Van Zant shared his thoughts about the band’s retirement plans in the next few years.

In 2018, Lynyrd Skynyrd announced the ‘Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour.’ The band intended the tour to span over two-to-three years. However, when the Covid-19 pandemic hit, like most bands Lynyrd Skynyrd also had to change their plans for the remaining shows.

The band could only play two shows in 2020, but they returned to the stage in 2021 with the ‘Big Wheels Keep on Turnin’ Tour.’ After the tour ends, the band is considering retiring from touring due to the deteriorating health of guitarist Gary Rossington. Johnny Van Zant recently revealed that they plan to retire from touring next year.

Van Zant noted that he also believes that musicians never really retire but often take a break and do fewer shows. He added that he’s not used to mundane things like mowing the grass or taking the trash out, so he would have to do something at some point. The vocalist said he loves music and acknowledges that he has been blessed with what he does for a living, so he would never turn his back on it for good.

Johnny Van Zant’s words about Lynyrd Skynyrd’s retirement plans:

“We’re still looking at hanging it up in the next year. We’re going to retire from touring. Musicians never retire; you do fewer shows. You really miss it. You miss your fans. I’ll probably always do something. I could only mow so much grass, take out so much garbage, and catch so many fish. I’ve worked my whole life. It’s just in my nature to get out and do something. I love music and have been blessed, but I can’t think of turning my back on music. As long as I can write a song, I’m continuing to do that.”

Lynyrd Skynyrd has performances scheduled until early October and a one-off concert booked in February 2023. After that, the band doesn’t have a definite schedule for what they will do moving forward, but one thing is for sure; Johnny Van Zant will still be involved with music no matter what.