Lynyrd Skynyrd's Rickey Medlocke Makes 'Blessed' Return After COVID-19 Bout
By Andrew Magnotta @AndrewMagnotta
August 23, 2021
Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Rickey Medlocke rejoined his bandmates onstage Sunday in New Jersey, two weeks after testing positive for COVID-19.
Medlocke announced his return in a video shared Saturday by himself and the band.
"Here I am, rounded the corner," he said. "I'm back, feeling good. And you know what? I feel very blessed and very fortunate to be sitting here today."
He added gratitude to his doctor's for their expertise and Skynyrd's fans for their messages of support, adding that he was itching to get back to the 'Big Wheels Keep on Turnin'' tour after two weeks in quarantine.
"I'm going to kick out the footlights this weekend in New Jersey," he said. "Really be safe and take care of yourself 'cause it's not fun."
Medlocke is the second member of Lynyrd Skynyrd to have tested positive for COVID-19 since the spring. While singer Johnny Van Zant's illness came this spring and did not affect the tour, Medlocke's positive COVID test came just two weeks after Skynyrd co-founder Gary Rossington bowed out of the tour to undergo emergency heart surgery. The band canceled four shows while it waited for Medlocke to recover.