Vocal Rest For Van Zant

Lynyrd Skynyrd has been forced to postpone eight concert appearances in mid-August because lead singer Johnny Van Zant is suffering from inflamed vocal cords.

“Johnny Van Zant, found by Vanderbilt Voice Center to be suffering from ‘significant vocal cord inflamation and swelling,’ will be unable to perform several upcoming shows, following doctor’s orders for strict vocal rest,” a statement on the band’s Web site read.

An August 11th show at Chillicothe, Ohio’s Ross County Fair and an August 16th gig at the Tennessee Smokies Stadium in Sevierville have already been rescheduled for September 17th and 25th, respectively.

At press time, other concerts were being rescheduled in Missouri, Illinois, Texas and Oklahoma.

Skynyrd is scheduled to share a co-headlining bill with The Allman Brothers Band on five dates in September.