Lynyrd Skynyrd are reportedly eyeing an early-2009 release for their next studio album, says guitarist Rickey Medlocke. The band has spent the last year recording with a surprising choice — Marilyn Manson/Rob Zombie guitarist John 5 — and hope to spend the latter portion of 2008 in the studio to finish recording the new album, the band's first since 2003's maligned Vicious Cycle. "We've been doing quite a bit of writing with John 5," Medlocke said. "While everybody thought, 'My god, you are going to write with this guy? How is that ever going to work?' But this guy came in and is really multi-talented in all genres." Two of the songs expected to make the track list are the dark "Floyd" and the uptempo "Bang, Bang." The band is currently on the road sharing co-headlining duties with Kid Rock, who appeared on the band's last album.
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