Lynyrd Skynyrd is gearing up to create new memories in Nashville as they take the stage for New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash on CBS. Reflecting on their rich history in the city, longtime guitarist Rickey Medlocke reminisces about the band’s performances at the now-defunct outdoor Starwood Amphitheater in Nashville, as well as the iconic Ryman Auditorium.
“I used to love playing at that venue,” Medlocke shares with American Songwriter, reminiscing about performing at Starwood Amphitheater. “Some of my fondest memories are from our shows in Nashville. I’ve had some incredible experiences here, and this is likely to be another one.”
Lynyrd Skynyrd is no stranger to celebrating New Year’s Eve in Nashville, having graced Broadway nearly a decade ago. Medlocke expresses anticipation for the upcoming event, highlighting the excitement of reuniting with fellow artists on the lineup. This includes Blake Shelton, with whom they share a history, and Lainey Wilson, whom they met at the 2023 CMT Music Awards—a poignant moment where Lynyrd Skynyrd was honored with a tribute performance following the passing of the last original founding member, Gary Rossington.
“It’s looking like a star-studded lineup,” he notes, referring to the diverse array of talent. Regarding Lynyrd Skynyrd’s performance, he hints at surprises, saying, “There’s going to be some unexpected moments on stage. It’s going to be really cool. We’re pumped about it. Brace yourselves for great surprises; that’s all I’ll say. It’s going to be an incredible way to welcome the new year.”
Medlocke views New Year’s Eve as a chance to recharge and embrace the possibilities of the upcoming year. “As you approach the new year, the anticipation of what lies ahead builds. It’s a fresh start,” he observes. “You want to make it the best you can because you’ve completed another trip around the sun.
Whether you’re at a massive concert like the one we’re gearing up for… we call our fans our Skynyrd Nation because they’re like family, a great big family… New Year’s Eve feels like a reset, a chance to start anew, strive for improvement, and do things right. I’m excited about the new year. I believe it’s going to be fantastic, especially for Lynyrd Skynyrd.” Don’t miss Nashville’s Big Bash airing on CBS and Paramount+ on December 31, starting at 7:30 p.m. ET.