LYNYRD SKYNYRD and ZZ TOP “The Sharp Dressed Simple Man Tour” On-Sale Today
Today tickets go on sale for the The sharply dressed Simple Man Tourthe first co-headlining tour with ZZ top and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Over twenty-two cities across North America will host the event this summer with a special guest Uncle Cracker.
Produced by Live nationThe tour begins Friday, July 21st at the iTHINK Financial Amphitheater in West Palm Beach, FL and will continue with stops in Fort Worth, Phoenix, Chicago and other locations before concluding at the Freedom Mortgage Pavilion in Los Angeles on Sunday, September Camden, NJ, ends May 17.
Tickets and VIP packages go on sale today, Friday 16 December at 10am local time the side of the band. The ultimate VIP experience offers a premium reserve seat, meet and greet with Ricky Medlocke & Johnny vanZanta Lynyrd Skynyrd Limited edition coffee table book, commemorative print and an enamel pin and patch set. The Gold VIP Package includes a reserved premium seat, a limited edition coffee table book, a commemorative print and the enamel pin and patch set. Availability is limited.
After attending one of two recently Lynyrd Skynyrd Las Vegas appearances, host of Sirius/XM Radio’s Trunk Nation Eddie Trunk offered opinion on-air. His thoughts got to the heart of the band’s current incarnation. He stated:
“Well, I went to Skynyrd and I have to say I was blown away. They’re still so good and these songs are still so great. And they are so real. I cannot praise more highly the way Rock n Roll is meant to be Lynyrd Skynyrd. They were incredible and sounded incredible. And, similar to when you see real live bands, 100% live bands, the way rock music should be done live. There is nothing like it. Nothing at all. No bullshit, no computers, no fake vocals, no click tracks, no nothing. A real band, warts and all hooked up to real amps bringing you great songs. Nothing like that. The vibe, the feel in the music, the performances, nothing like it. And I’ll go to my grave and believe that…
It restores your belief in how real rock music is supposed to sound live… You are the real deal. songs are amazing. The place was full two nights in a row. Made amazing deals. A huge cross section of fans that are there. And, just so relatable, so cool in the way they perform on stage, their messages and the way they pay tribute to all the people who were the band that died… I’m totally aware of that Lynyrd Skynyrd are currently constituted, there are technically no original members in this band. I understand that and I will not be hypocritical here. I’ve said many, many times that I believe a band has to have a few core members to be the band. You need to. Otherwise you don’t really see the band. But there is an exception in this and his Skynyrd. They tell you they are a tribute band…
That’s why I tell myself the one asterisk that I can fully get behind and support in this incarnation Skynyrdand here’s why: all genuine, all love, all great, they admit they are a tribute band. Johnny vanZant says to the audience after two, three songs when he speaks to the audience for the first time – “We are here tonight to pay tribute to the music of Lynyrd Skynyrd.’ Then you have Medlocke, who’s been around forever and is technically an original member because he played drums on the first record when he was about 16. Then you have a phenomenal band. They have real people singing backing vocals. No bullshit. And it sounds amazing. And of course you have the family connection from Ronnie vanZant to his brother who has been singing along for ages johnny. And finally, they admit that this is a tribute. They sell it as such.
A lot of bands should quit because they mock their legacy. Skynyrd, for me is the only exception with no original members, which I believe can easily last ten years. And not only doesn’t make fun of their legacy, but is the only band I’ve seen in this situation that actually celebrates it properly. When they do “Freebird” they put these candles on the screen for everyone who was in that band and died, whether it was in the plane crash or after, it’s so touching. I mean they know how to do it. It’s sincere, it’s real, and it’s legitimate. So I can’t speak higher than how awesome Skynyrd Is still.
Skynyrd, these are my asterisks. Because I haven’t seen a band that does it like that. Be so deferential to their origins, their history and connection to the fans and the greatness of the songs. For me the whole key, for how long Skynyrd can walk really depends Johnny vanZant. Because of Johnny, of course ronnies brother. Johnny is so great on stage. He sings so well. He’s still just like his early, mid 60’s. As long as Johnny’s around and can do it the way he’s done it I think they could easily last another 5, 7 years and they’re still great. To see Skynyrd was great.
“The Well-Dressed Common Man” Tour Dates:
July 21 – West Palm Beach, FL – iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre
July 23 – Alpharetta, GA – Ameris Bank Amphitheater
July 28 – Rogers, AR – Walmart AMP
July 29 – Fort Worth, TX – Dickies Arena
July 30 – Woodlands, TX – The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman
August 7 – Denver, CO – Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre*
August 10 – Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
August 11 – Wheatland, CA – Toyota Amphitheater
August 13 – Phoenix, AZ – Ak Chin Pavilion
August 17 – Maryland Heights, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheater – St. Louis, MO
August 19 – Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheater – Chicago, IL
August 20 – Noblesville, IN – Ruoff Music Center
August 25 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
August 26 – Clarkston, MI – Pine Knob Music Theatre
August 27 – Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage
Sept 01 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Bandstand
Sept 02 – Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion
Sept 03 – Burgettstown, PA – The Pavilion at Star Lake
Sept 08 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Sept 09 – Hershey, PA – Hersheypark Stadium
September 10 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
September 15 – Raleigh, NC – Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
September 17 – Camden, NJ – Freedom Mortgage Pavilion