UPDATE (8/22): Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Rickey Medlocke, who announced he had tested positive for Covid-19 two weeks ago, says he’s recovered and will be rejoining the band this weekend at the Barefoot Country Music Festival in Wildwood, New Jersey. “I’m gonna kick out the footlights this weekend in Jersey and have myself a very good time,” he said in an Instagram video, going on to ambiguously caution fans about the dangers of Covid. “Really be safe and take care of yourself,” he said, “because it’s not fun.” Skynyrd canceled a string of shows following Medlocke’s diagnosis.
“Due to unforeseen circumstances, Lynyrd Skynyrd is unable to perform the next four shows in Canton, OH, Jackson, MI, Atlanta, GA and Cullman, AL,” the band wrote on social media Saturday.
“Longtime band member Rickey Medlocke has tested positive for COVID-19. Rickey is home resting and responding well to treatment. We will continue to update you on his condition.”
Lynyrd Skynyrd were scheduled to headline Monday’s Concert for Legends at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, sharing a bill with Brad Paisley and Jimmie Allen at the high-profile gig. However, that date — and three more shows on their itinerary — was canceled due to Medlocke’s positive test.
Additionally, Lynyrd Skynyrd’s August 13th concert in Atlanta has been postponed until October 23rd, the band announced. The tour is currently scheduled to resume August 19th at Canandaigua, New York’s CMAC.
Lynyrd Skynyrd were already operating shorthanded as guitarist Gary Rossington has missed the majority of the band’s summer tour after undergoing emergency heart surgery recently. “He wants everyone to know he is doing good and expects a full recovery,” Lynyrd Skynyrd said in July.