They kept going when no one thought they could – and did so impressively – but the time has come. Southern rock legends Lynyrd Skynyrd have announced their plans to stop touring 45 years after the release of their debut album.

In a statement, guitarist and sole remaining original member Gary Rossington says, “It’s hard to imagine, after all these years, the band that Ronnie Van Zant, Allen Collins and myself started back in Jacksonville would resonate for this long and to so many generations of fans. I’m certain they are looking down from above, amazed that the music has touched so many.”

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The forthcoming ‘Last Of The Street Survivors Farewell Tour’ is named after the Florida group’s 1977 album, Street Survivors. Just days after the that album’s release, Lynyrd Skynyrd’s chartered airplane crashed near Gillsburg, Mississippi, en route to a show in Baton Rouge, killing the pilot, co-pilot, the group's assistant road-manager and three band members – frontman Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines and backup singer Cassie Gaines.

“We’ve been blessed by these great songs and the messages they carry to the fans,” adds vocalist Johnny Van Zant. “It’s been a true honor to try and fill in my brother’s footsteps for the past 31 years, keeping the music and his spirit alive.”

Lynyrd Skynyrd will be joined by a variety of guests at various stops on the 4-month run, including Kid Rock, Hank Williams Jr., Charlie Daniels Band, Bad Company, Marshall Tucker Band, 38 Special, Blackberry Smoke and Blackfoot.

Lynyrd Skynyrd’s farewell tour begins in West Palm Beach, Florida, on May 4. Shows are scheduled to wrap up in Atlanta, Georgia, on September 1. Full dates at LynyrdSkynyrd.com.