Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Gary Rossington has reached out to thank fans "for all the well wishes and support" after news spread that he suffered a heart attack last week.
Rossington posted a note on the band's Facebook page saying that, "I am feeling better and taking it one day at a time and getting excellent care and support from my doctor and family. I will be back before you know it! It's gonna take more than a lil ole heart attack to keep me down...Much love and see you all soon!"
Rossington, who's had a series of health issues in recent years, is resting at home but is due to have another stent put in his chest in a couple of weeks. Skynyrd canceled its two shows slated for this weekend and is next scheduled to play at the Alabama National Fair on November 7 in Montgomery.
Rossington is, of course, Skynryd's last surviving founding member and tells us he feels a responsibility to keep the band's name and heritage alive and also to pay homage to his late bandmates:
"I want to keep the name of the band good and respected and it seems to be. There's a few people who might've through the years thought it 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. I know they'd be up in heaven, they're helping us 'cause I feel them every night on stage, in spirit."
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.