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Gary Rossington at 61: Last of a Dyin’ Breed

By: Rusty Russell
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That’s the name of Skynyrd’s new album.

And a happy birthday to one of the founding and last original members of Lynyrd Skynyrd.

He was born on December 4, 1951 in Jacksonville, Florida.

Rossington was one of six band members who survived the October 20, 1977 plane crash in Mississippi that killed Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines, Cassie Gaines, and three others.

Despite his severe injuries, Rossington would eventually recover and play on stage again.

But he battled with serious addiction issues throughout the next several years, partly due to a drug addiction to medication taken during his recovery from the plane crash.

Aside from the pain and the addiction, he’s also had heart troubles (but was successfully operated on) and, like the band itself, soldiers on.

From lynyrdskynyrd.com:

“Beyond the tragedy, the history, the raging guitars and the killer songs, ultimately, Lynyrd Skynyrd is about an indomitable will. About survival of spirit; unbowed, uniquely American, stubbornly resolute.”

The band’s tour in support of their latest album, “Last of a Dyin’ Breed” (released last August) will take them to New York’s Beacon Theater on January 11th and to the Mayo Center for the Performing Arts in Morristown, NJ on January 17th.

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