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Rascal Flatts Reveal Why They Fired Band Members

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Rascal Flatts admit the reason they had to let some personnel go was done in order to continue to evolve as a band.

“We sat down at the end of last year, and it was a very difficult decision. We decided to make a change with three of the personnel we had,” Joe Don Rooney told reporters at a recent media event.

“We love the guys we had to let go, and it was a very, very difficult decision, but Jay and Gary and I got on the same page together, got on one bus and talked about it, and it’s what we felt like we needed to do to evolve and continue to evolve with our sound live. It’s like you do in the studio, you’ve got to evolve with your albums, and I felt like it was time to do that with our live show.”

Gary, Jay and Joe Don said that they wanted to make the changes in advance of their upcoming Las Vegas residency. The band will kick off their Riot Tour 2015 next month.

Rascal Flatts Premiere “Riot” Music Video

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Superstar vocal group Rascal Flatts released the emotion-driven video for their current single “RIOT” today exclusively on NASH TV at  Directed by Brian Lazzaro, the storyline of “Riot” is woven through an intense boxing match while spotlighting a young couple going through deep relationship turmoil, as Rascal Flatts execute a powerful performance of the track.

“This song has so many different interpretations that there were a lot of concepts to play around with,” said Rascal Flatts’ Gary LeVox. “Ultimately though, this song is about fighting for love and this video tugs at your heart strings. The story between the couple was shot beautifully, we’re really pleased with it and looking forward to our fans seeing the song from this perspective.”

Currently nominated for ACM’s “Vocal Group of The Year,” Rascal Flatts will head to Texas later this week to perform live on 50th Academy of Country Music Awards broadcasting from AT&T Stadium on April 19 at 7:00PM CT on CBS.  The trio are the most awarded country group of the past decade, having earned over 40 trophies from the ACAs, ACMs, AMAs, CMAs, People’s Choice Awards and more.

To date Rascal Flatts (Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney) have scored 15 No. One songs, sold over 22.8 million albums, over 29 million digital downloads, and their current ninth studio album REWIND (Big Machine Records) debuted at #1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart making them one of only four acts during the SoundScan era to have eight consecutive studio albums debut in the top spot.  As one of the hottest-selling acts on tour in any genre Rascal Flatts are gearing up to undertake their headlining RIOT TOUR 2015 beginning May 29 and continue across the country throughout the summer. The trio has invited Scotty McCreery and RaeLynn to join them on the road. For the latest updates, visit

Grand Ole Opry to Celebrate 90 Years of Great Country Music With Nine-Month Celebration


The Grand Ole Opry launched its 90th anniversary with special shows Tuesday evening, kicking off a nine-month celebration of nine decades of great country music. Numerous events and occasions are planned throughout the year, including Opry appearances by some of the genre’s hottest stars and most enduring legends including Florida Georgia Line, Charlie Daniels Band, Scotty McCreery, Oak Ridge Boys, Old Crow Medicine Show, Rascal Flatts, Reba, and more. Details on the celebration will be updated throughout the year at

“The Opry’s 90th anniversary comes at an exceptionally exciting time for the show,” said Pete Fisher, Opry vice president and general manager. “Fans around the world are engaged with our unique brand of entertainment like never before, and country music’s new stars, superstars, and legends continue to aspire to play the Opry stage and call it home. We want to officially invite fans and artists alike to come be a part of it all with us over the next nine months.”


Among the activities already announced for the nine-month celebration:

Backstage Displays – After artists shared stories of some of the seminal instruments and artifacts from the Opry’s history during Tuesday’s kick-off show, they were placed backstage at the Opry House as part of a display showcasing the Opry’s nine decades of music. Such artifacts include the fiddle played by Uncle Jimmy Thompson on the very first broadcast of what would become the Grand Ole Opry, a steamboat whistle used by Opry founder George D. Hay to introduce Opry broadcasts, and a guitar strap used by Opry great Little Jimmy Dickens, who passed away at the dawn of the Opry’s 90th year. Also displayed are items from more recent Opry inductees including Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker, and Steve Wariner.

Cause For Applause – The Opry is set to celebrate country’s heart throughout the year, bringing the Opry’s biggest stars and loyal fans together to support nine important causes over the course of nine months.  Called “Cause For Applause,” the initiative begins in April with “Thank God For Kids,” a partnership with the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. During the month, Opry artists will visit hospital patients and Opry fans will be able to designate a portion of Opry show and special merchandise sales be given to the hospital in addition to a variety of other activities.  Additional causes include “Salute The Troops” and “Playin’ for A Purpose,” and will be announced throughout the year.

Guest Announcers – The Opry is again inviting noted personalities from the worlds of sports, show business, and journalism to be a part of the Opry’s anniversary as guest announcers on the show. Those with musical interests are also invited to sit in with the band on a song. Past guest announcers have included Garrison Keillor, Larry King, Robin Roberts, and Dan Rather to name a few. “I’m With The Band” participants have included Paul Schaffer, Bob Schieffer, Charles Osgood, and Lester Holt, among others. FOX & Friends’ Elisabeth Hasselbeck is scheduled to visit as a guest announcer May 30.

Opry 90th Birthday Bash – The Opry’s official 90th Birthday Bash Oct. 2-3 will feature four Opry performances; Opry House Backstage Tours; an Opry member concert; a two-day Opry Plaza Party including exciting new artists on the Plaza stage, and fan red carpet entries and photo opps, among other celebration elements.

Rascal Flatts Help Bristol Palin Get Engaged

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Bristol Palin and Sgt. Dakota Meyer are so in love and enjoying their engagement, but before he proposed, Palin had no clue that what would begin as a Rascal Flatts concert would turn into the most exciting night of her life!

The 24-year-old revealed on her website that he proposed right after the leader singer, Gary LeVox, dedicated one of the band’s hit songs to the couple.

“He’s so romantic! He asked me to marry him at a Rascal Flatts concert,” she wrote. “The lead singer, Gary LeVox, dedicated ‘Bless the Broken Road’ to us, and then Dakota got down on one knee and proposed!”

The 24-year-old uploaded a video to Instagram of LeVox announcing the band’s dedication while onstage in Las Vegas, captioning the clip, “So thankful to have this on video @brady_melin.”

so thankful to have this on video @brady_melin

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