Josh Homme Talks Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Tour With No Original Members

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Josh Homme is discussing the idea of Lynyrd Skynyrd continuing with no original members, following the death of the last remaining co-founder, Gary Rossington.

Following Rossington’s death, Lynyrd Skynyrd’s lead vocalist Johnny Van Zant explained, “The music they created, and the music we created, together since 1987, was always meant to be experienced LIVE…So we will continue to perform for the Skynyrd Nation.”

In an interview, the Queens of the Stone Age singer was asked how his band might deal with a similar situation.

He said, “I think the Queens are positioned to resist things that happen to them and incorporate the experiences they have into their own art. It’s the nature of the Queens to always change. Accepting change is part of our DNA. On the other hand, I ask myself, ‘What should one think of a band like Lynyrd Skynyrd that is still on the road today, even though none of the original lineup is left?’”

Homme explained the answer is in “people’s tastes,” adding, “Even though Lynyrd Skynyrd are a cover band today, people still want to hear these songs – and what should I have against that? Also, I’m so busy figuring out what I like that I rarely have time to think about what I don’t like.”


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