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Lynyrd Skynyrd was set to perform at the Buffalo Chip on Tuesday, Aug. 8, but the show has been cancelled due to the illness of a band member.

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Lynyrd Skynyrd has announced that a medical emergency suffered by one of its members will prevent the band from playing its scheduled Tuesday concert at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip as part of the Sturgis motorcycle rally.

Meanwhile, the Buffalo Chip said it has booked country music star Gary Allan to play the Tuesday show in Lynyrd Skynyrd's place. Blackberry Smoke, the band that was scheduled to play before Lynyrd Skynyrd, will play before Allan.

Lynyrd Skynyrd's announcement, which was posted to Facebook on Monday morning, does not provide any details about which band member suffered the emergency, or about the nature of the emergency.

“Please contact the venue directly for information on ticket refunds or additional replacement programming,” the statement said. “We apologize in advance for any inconvenience.”

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Nyla Griffith, spokeswoman for the Buffalo Chip, said refunds will not be issued, because the Buffalo Chip sells campground passes rather than show tickets. The passes include access to all concerts and other events in the campground. 

Lynyrd Skynyrd, a Jacksonville, Fla., based band, is known as one of the top Southern Rock bands of all time, with hits such as "Free Bird" and "Sweet Home Alabama," among many others.

Gary Allan has had a 20-year career in country music highlighted by five No. 1 hit singles: "Man to Man," "Tough Little Boys," "Nothing On but the Radio" and "Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain)."

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