“He said, ‘I never want the band to go by the wayside and the music just disappear’”: Rickey Medlocke defends Lynyrd Skynyrd’s decision to continue with no original members

Rickey Medlocke of Lynyrd Skynyrd performs onstage during the 2024 CMA Music festival at the Nissan Stadium on June 06, 2024 in Nashville, Tennessee
(Image credit: Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

We’re in an era now where many bands from the proverbial ‘golden age of rock n’ roll’ are not quite so golden anymore. Time, in the end, gets to us all.

As such, several bands on the touring circuit rely on newer, younger members to keep their legacies going – Judas Priest are a fine example of that. Meanwhile, bands like Lynyrd Skynyrd continue to exist without original members in their line-ups.

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Phil Weller

A freelance writer with a penchant for music that gets weird, Phil is a regular contributor to Prog, Guitar World, and Total Guitar magazines and is especially keen on shining a light on unknown artists. Outside of the journalism realm, you can find him writing angular riffs in progressive metal band, Prognosis, in which he slings an 8-string Strandberg Boden Original, churning that low string through a variety of tunings. He's also a published author and is currently penning his debut novel which chucks fantasy, mythology and humanity into a great big melting pot.