Background: Few bands have walked a harder road than Lynyrd Skynyrd. A 1977 plane crash killed frontman Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines and backup singer Cassie Gaines. They reformed 10 years later with Ronnie's brother Johnny on lead vocals, but since then they've slowly lost most of the original band. The only remaining member in the current lineup is guitarist Gary Rossington, though guitarist Rickey Medlocke was briefly a drummer in their pre-fame days. (Drummer Artimus Pyle and guitarist Ed King are still alive, but no longer in the band.) This summer, they are saying goodbye with the Last of the Street Survivors tour. "It's hard to imagine, after all these years, the band that Ronnie Van Zant, Allen Collins and myself started back in Jacksonville, would resonate for this long and to so many generations of fans," Rossington said in a statement. "I’m certain they are looking down from above, amazed that the music has touched so many."
Odds It's Real: 35 percent. The group has yet to announce an end date for this tour, though they claim it's going to run for two years. But audiences willing to shell out money to hear "Free Bird" and "Sweet Home Alabama" are never going to go away. Most of them care little about who is actually onstage as long as the ticket says "Lynyrd Skynyrd" and they play the hits. The group is really going to leave their money on the table after this tour wraps? It's quite possible, but we have our doubts.