Will Rascal Flatts’ Farewell Tour Be Rescheduled? Gary LeVox Weighs In
Country music band, Rascal Flatts, was among the many artists that were forced to cancel a tour in 2020, but…
Rascal Flatts; Photo by Andrew Wendowski
Country music band, Rascal Flatts, was among the many artists that were forced to cancel a tour in 2020, but unlike others in the industry, they did not reschedule the dates and instead, went their separate ways. Although they are no longer together as a band, frontman Gary LeVox shared that reviving their final tour is “not really off the table.”
Unfortunately, LeVox told Us Weekly that he and the rest of the GRAMMY award-winning trio comprised of bass guitarist Jay DeMarcus and lead guitarist Joe Don Rooney “haven’t had any conversations” about reviving the Farewell tour. Then, he gave fans a sliver of hope when he explained that the door may not be completely closed to the idea of them reuniting to do the trek one day.
“I don’t know what the future holds but, you know, for now I’m just having a blast and … I think Jay and Joe Don are doing their thing. So, we’ll see. Who knows?” He shared.
Since they aren’t working as a band anymore, LeVox revealed that he isn’t as close with his former bandmates as he once was.
“We don’t talk as much … cause, you know, we’re not doing business together,” the 52-year-old songwriter said before adding that there doesn’t seem to be any hard feelings between the three of them. “We wish each other the best … [I] want nothing but the best for those two and, you know, hopefully everything’s happy and healthy and their families are good.”
At the time when Rooney unexpectedly quit the band, LeVox confessed to People that he “wasn’t happy” about the decision and that he has “never been okay with the way it ended.” The Ohio native also mentioned that he feels like there was “no closure” at the end of the Rascal Flatts era.
“It kind of came out of nowhere,” LeVox shared referring to Rooney’s exit. “It was like, ‘Let me try to wrap my head around this.’ And then I certainly wasn’t okay with the pandemic, which canceled everything. I hate the way that it ended. I hate that we didn’t get to do this farewell tour. I can’t stand the fact that it just feels there’s no closure with something that we’ve been so blessed with. That will always be in my heart.”
Founded in 2000, Rascal Flatts is one of the most successful country groups of all time with 17 No.1 singles and more than 23.4 million albums sold. Rascal Flatts has earned more than 40 trophies from ACA, ACM, AMA, CMA, People’s Choice and more, cementing the band as the most-awarded country group of the past decade. They’re known for massive hits such as “Bless The Broken Road,” “Life Is A Highway,” “What Hurts The Most,” “My Wish,” “I Like The Sound Of That” and more.
After they disbanded, LeVox wasn’t about to let music go. He continued to follow his passions and began pursuing his solo career. He also stays busy as a father to his daughters Brittany, 22, and Brooklyn, 18, with wife Tara Vernon.
The singer/songwriter’s newest song, “Get Down Like That,” was co-written by Thomas Rhett, Ashley Gorley, HARDY and Jesse Frasure and serves as a true party anthem.
“Basically, it’s just about gettin’ out of the city, gettin’ out in the country and kind of livin’ the lifestyle that we live,” he shared via Big Machine. “The one part of the song it says, (singing) ‘Ain’t your fault that you ain’t from a town like that, so let me show you how to get down like that.’ I love it so much. It’s just about what we drive, what we do out here in the country. It’s just a country lifestyle and the way that we love to live.”
This track follows his previous releases, “Working On Sunday” and “We Got Fight,” which was featured on the soundtrack in the Netflix film, The Ice Road. In 2021, LeVox was officially introduced into the industry as a solo artist when he dropped his debut project, One On One. This collection features collabs with BRELAND, MercyMe, Jonathan McReynolds and LeVox’s own daughter, Brittany.
Gary LeVox is next slated to perform on Nov. 5 in Orlando, FL.
Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.