Rascal Flatts Push Changed Tour into Winter
It seems Rascal Flatts just can’t stop touring. Just days after announcing their first-ever trek to Australia, the country group has revealed additional dates that will keep their current “Changed” U.S. tour on the road well into 2013.
The new leg of the tour will feature stops at arenas all around the eastern half of the U.S., and will kick off January 10 at the Resch Center in Green Bay, Wisconsin. After that, the group is scheduled to stay on the road through March 2, when they perform at the BancorpSouth Arena in Tupelo, Mississippi.
In between those dates, the group will visit cities including Sioux City, Iowa; Wichita, Kansas; Terre Haute, Indiana; Columbus, Ohio; Pikeville, Kentucky and Jonesboro, Arkansas. The Band Perry will join the group as the special guest on the tour.
Bringing out The Band Perry continues a tradition of the “Changed” tour, which is to work with bands instead of solo artists. Little Big Town, Eli Young Band and Edens Edge currently are touring with the band around the country, and Flatts member Jay DeMarcus says it was a conscious decision to work with bands.
“We’d always taken solo acts out and we thought this would be a little different twist on this tour,” DMarcus told Nashville newspaper, The Tennessean. “We did some searching and Eli Young Band was available and Little Big Town was available, so it seemed like the right time to pull the trigger.”
On some dates on the current tour, all of the bands have joined Rascal Flatts onstage to perform an all-star cover of “We’re An American Band,” by Grand Funk Railroad. Flatts lead singer Gary LeVox recently spoke about all the bands playing together.
“We wanted to create something unique for [fans] with the all-band setup,” LeVox said. “We loved having our friends in Little Big Town, the Eli Young Band and Edens Edge on stage with us to perform a number together.”