By Marissa G. Muller
It’s been three years since Lynyrd Skynyrd‘s last album Last of a Dyin’ Breed and fans won’t have to wait much longer for their followup.
The band, who’ve been gearing up for an archival campaign with the June 2 release of their two-disc live set Sweet Home Alabama and the CD and DVD tribute concert One More for the Fans! with cameos from Gregg Allman, Cheap Trick, Peter Frampton and more, will soon be hitting the studio.
According to an interview with the last original member of the group, guitarist Gary Rossington, at Billboard, after the band was approached with a couple of offers, they decided to work on another full-length.
“We’ve been offered a couple deals,” Rossington told Billboard. “The record business is so different now, but they want us to do a new album with new material and we’re gonna do it. We’ve been writing it a little bit here and there, and through the years we’ve written songs we never really used ’cause we didn’t have enough time to record them. So we’re gonna get do some new material here. I’m not sure when it’s gonna come out; it’ll probably end up being next year ’cause we’re so busy with material this year, but we hope to record it in the fall.”
Rossington knows not everyone is keen on a new album under Lynyrd Skynyrd’s name however, but he’s going into the next release with every intention of preserving the band’s reputation.
“I want to keep the name of the band good and respected and it seems to be,” he said. “There’s a few people who might’ve through the years thought I was wrong to not do the originals, but we tell everybody and everybody knows it’s not the original band; it’s just this band playing their songs and music, and I think doing a great job of it. Some bands that don’t keep doing it; They’re great bands but they just kind of fade away ’cause you don’t get to hear them anymore. So as long as we’re doing this, I think the name stays at least a little relevant.”
Skynyrd’s last record was Last of a Dyin’ Breed, debuted in 2012 and peaking at No. 14 on the Billboard 200—their highest placement since 1977.