Lynyrd Skynyrd Cancels Motorcycle Rally Appearance, Gregg Allman Fills In

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Gregg Allman delayed a hospital stay intended help him fully get over his upper respiratory infection and make sure his liver transplant wasn’t causing any undue complications so he could play today’s Sturgis 2011 Motorcycle Rally in Sturgis, ND, but Lynyrd Skynyrd has let down 500,000 bikers by canceling their appearance on the bill.

The Legendary Buffalo Chip announced yesterday that iconic Southern rock pioneer Gregg Allman will do a longer performance in the headline slot at the Legendary Buffalo Chip on Wednesday, August 10. Allman's performance will now include more songs from The Allman Brothers Band

But to be fair, the festival did have a little notice, since Lynyrd Skynyrd was forced to bow out of their appearance at Clear Lake, Wisconsin’s Fire Fest on August 6 (rescheduled for September 10), and their date at Grand Rapids, Michigan’s Rock The Rapids Fest on August 8, after lead singer Johnny Van Zant was admitted to Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, MN on August 6 with a staph infection. The singer had had surgery earlier this year and the surgical site was infected with cellulitis (a bacterial skin infection) which required hospitalization with IV antibiotic treatment.

According to doctors at Hennepin County Medical Center, Van Zant was advisied not to do any shows for at least a week or until cleared by his primary doctor. But as of today, Lynyrd Skynyrd plans to resume their regular tour schedule on August 12 in Sedalia, Missouri, unless doctors advise otherwise.

There was some confusion over the cause of the cancellation. Grand Rapid's Wood TV reported that the headliners canceled at the last minute Monday because the lead singer was hurt in a car crash.

The last time Van Zant was forced to cancel shows was following ermegency surgery to have his appendix removed in May 2006, before he was scheduled to perform at San Francisco’s The Bone's Bone Bash 7. The incident forced the band to cancel three US shows. Before that, Van Zant had an operation on his throat due to acute and chronic inflammation of his vocal cords and development of a large vocal cord polyp in 2005 and needed surgery to remove the growth. That operation required a three-month layoff.

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