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Friday, May 19, 2006
Van Zant Cancels ACM Appearance
Lynyrd Skynyrd's Van Zant has surgery Lynyrd Skynyrd frontman Johnny Van Zant had his appendix removed in emergency surgery Thursday night, the band's manager said. Van Zant, 46, came out of surgery at Stanford University Medical Center in Palo Alto, Calif., around 10 p.m., said manager Ross Schilling. His condition was not immediately available. "He had been feeling bad the past couple of days," Schilling told The Associated Press. "He had performances Tuesday and Wednesday and sucked it up last night as far as performing with some pain."
The following Lynyrd Skynyrd performances have been canceled: May 19; Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, CA, May 20; Miltary Show in 29 Palms, CA, May 21; Sunset Station Casino in Henderson, NV
The band's website made the announcement about the ACM appearance: "It is with great disappointment that country duo Van Zant, comprised of brothers Johnny and Donnie Van Zant, will not be attending the 41st annual Academy of Country Music awards. Van Zant is nominated for ‘Duo of the Year,’ at this years show. "
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