Lynyrd Skynyrd member Rickey Medlocke tests positive for COVID-19; the band cancels the next 4 concerts

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Lynyrd Skynyrd has canceled four of her upcoming shows after one of the band members tested positive for the coronavirus.

A manager for the classic south rock The group confirmed the news in a statement to Fox News on Saturday.

“Due to unforeseen circumstances, Lynyrd Skynyrd is unable to perform the next four shows in Canton, OH, Jackson, MI, Atlanta, GA and Cullman, AL. Longtime band member Rickey Medlocke has been tested positive for COVID-19, “the statement from Director Ross Schilling reads.

Schilling added, “Rickey is home and responding well to treatment. We will continue to keep you posted on his condition.”

LYNYRD SKYNYRD GUITARIST GARY ROSSINGTON RECOVERY FROM EMERGENCY HEART PROCEDURE: REPORTS

Lynyrd Skynyrd's Mark Matejka (L) and Rickey Medlocke perform on June 04, 2021 in Panama City Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Michael Chang / Getty Images)
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Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Mark Matejka (L) and Rickey Medlocke perform on June 04, 2021 in Panama City Beach, Florida. (Photo by Michael Chang / Getty Images)
(Michael Chang / Getty Images)

So far, the show scheduled for Friday August 13 in Atlanta, Georgia has been postponed until October 23.

News of Medlocke’s COVID-19 diagnosis comes weeks after fellow guitarist Gary Rossington, 69, who has played with the band since their Jacksonville debut, Florida, underwent emergency heart surgery.

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Rossington has a history of heart problems, having had surgery for a heart attack in 2015, and again to repair a heart valve in 2019, according to Rolling Stone magazine. The 2019 operation forced the postponement of a tour of Lynyrd Skynyrd, depending on the output.

Rickey Medlocke has tested positive for the coronavirus.  (Photo by Michael Chang / Getty Images)

Rickey Medlocke has tested positive for the coronavirus. (Photo by Michael Chang / Getty Images)

The band brought in Alabama-based guitarist Damon Johnson to replace them as Rossington continues his recovery, AL.com reported.

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Rossington’s groupmates shared their best wishes for him in his recovery on the group’s official Instagram account.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Gary Rossington as he recovers from emergency heart surgery. Gary is resting at home and recovering with his family. He wants everyone to know he is okay. and expects a full recovery, “their statement read in part.

Dom Calicchio of Fox News contributed to this report.

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