Lynyrd Skynyrd have signed with a worldwide record deal with Loud & Proud/Roadrunner Records, and will release a new album later this year. Skynyrd are also heading back out on the road with Kid Rock for a second summer of the "Rock and Rebels" tour.
The band is currently recording tracks in Nashville for what will be the group's first set of new material since 2003’s "Vicious Cycle."
The Loud & Proud release will also mark the band's first recordings since the death in January of founding member Billy Powell, whose fluid piano runs spiced such classic Skynyrd songs as "Freebird," "Call Me the Breeze" and "Sweet Home Alabama." Powell and founding guitarist Gary Rossington were the only two surviving band members aboard the 1977 plane crash that killed singer Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines and backup vocalist Cassie Gaines.
Since then, guitarist Allen Collins and bassist Leon Wilkeson have also died; former drummer Artimus Pyle survived the crash but no longer tours with the band, which reformed in 1987 and still is a powerful concert draw.
Skynyrd are heading back out on the road this summer with Kid Rock for a second round of their "Rock and Rebels" tour, reprising last summer's highly lucrative jaunt. The 22-date tour kicks off in West Palm beach, Fla. on June 26.
Here's the "Rock and Rebels" tour dates:
June 26: West Palm Beach, FL (Cruzan Amphitheatre)
June 27: Tampa, FL (Ford Amphitheatre)
June 28: Atlanta, GA (Lakewood Amphitheatre)
June 30: Houston, TX (Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion)
July 1: Dallas, TX (Superpages.com Center)
July 7: Buffalo, NY (Darien Lake Performing Arts Center)
July 8: Holmdel, NJ (PNC Bank Arts Center)
July 10: Cuyahoga Falls, OH (Blossom Music Center)
July 11: Indianapolis, IN (Verizon Wireless Music Center)
July 12: Tinley Park, IL (First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre)
July 14: Pittsburgh, PA (Post-Gazette Pavilion)
July 21: Maryland Heights, MO (Verizon Wireless Amphitheater)
July 22: Cincinnati, OH (Riverbend Music Center)
July 24: Raleigh, NC (Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek)
July 25: Virginia Beach, VA (Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach Amphitheater)
July 26: Charlotte, NC (Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Charlotte)
July 29: Boston, MA (Comcast Center)
July 31: Hershey, PA (Hersheypark Stadium & Star Pavilion)
Aug 1: Washington, DC (Nissan Pavilion)
Aug 2: New York, NY (Nikon at Jones Beach Theater)