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. "

For more information: Webster & Associates Public Relations Kirt Webster / Ebie McFarland (615-777-6995) or Vector Management's Emily Deaderick at 615.269.6600

1 comment:

Ebie McFarland said...

“I would like to thank all my friends and fans who have expressed concern and sent their prayers,” says Johnny Van Zant. “I look forward to getting back on the road.”

The surgery was successful.

“Mr. Johnny Van Zant underwent surgery at Stanford University Hospital for appendicitis. He will remain hospitalized for the next one or two days recovering,” James T. Badger, MD.

Lynyrd Skynyrd will return to touring in 7 days.