Johnny Van Zant Recovering After Recent Health Scare
Lynyrd Skynyrd frontman Johnny Van Zant is said to be recovering quickly after a trip to the hospital earlier this week. KSHE reports that Van Zant was taken in by his older brother, 38 Special founder Donnie Van Zant, after complaining of "discomfort in his chest." Doctors initially believed the 57-year-old singer had pneumonia; fortunately, his prognosis was less severe.
"He is fine," Van Zant's manager is quoted as saying. "He has bronchitis and has medicine and looks forward to performing on Friday in Cincinnati."
Following Skynyrd's stop in Cincinnati, the band is scheduled to head to Cleveland over the weekend, where they're one of several acts lined up for a series of benefit concerts taking place around the Republican National Convention. The group's current touring commitments will keep them on the road through mid-September.
In addition to a full load of Skynyrd shows, Van Zant is promoting a new live album with his brother. Recorded during their 2006 tour, Red White & Blue arrived July 1, and boasts a track listing drawing from each of their bands as well as songs they'd previously recorded as a duo. You can check out the title track.
Van Zant's brush with bronchitis is far from the only health issue the members of Skynyrd have faced in recent years; in 2015, founding guitarist Gary Rossington suffered a heart attack that forced the band to cancel a spate of fall tour dates.
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