On Tuesday (January 7), the trio Rascal Flatts shared some news that shocked the entire country music community. After 20 years of performing together, the group announced they will embark on a Farewell Tour this year.
A post to the band’s Instagram read the following:
“As we head out on the Rascal Flatts Farewell – Life is A Highway Tour, there is no sadness. Just new chapters, new journeys, and new beginnings. This year, and this tour, is all about YOU.”
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When we started out 20 years ago, we could not imagine all of the people, places and gifts we would encounter. As we head out on the Rascal Flatts Farewell – Life is A Highway Tour, there is no sadness. Just new chapters, new journeys, and new beginnings. This year, and this tour, is all about YOU. Register for first access to tickets and leave a Flatts memory on the fan wall at the link in bio.
The trio also appeared on CBS This Morning for an interview about their Farewell Tour.
During the interview, the group explained why they decided to say “goodbye” this year. First, they clarified that none of them are sick and they all get along just fine.
It came down to one thing. They felt now was the right time to wind down after two successful decades of performing together:
“You get to a certain part in your career where, we’ve been blessed to have so many hits, so many number ones, that you actually compete with yourself on radio,” said the group’s lead singer, Gary LeVox. “And it’s tough, year after year, to outdo the tour that you’ve done previously the year before.”
— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) January 7, 2020
Going on, LeVox said he and the other members, Joe Don Rooney and Jay DeMarcus, are simply in need of some time off. “We haven’t really had a break in 20 years,” he said. “We haven’t had time to reflect.”
That break and time for reflection will come after the group’s extensive Farewell Tour, which is set to kick off in June. The trio also intends to release new music this year as part of their “goodbye” to country music.
However, the group did leave a shred of hope for fans. “We’re not gonna sign some pact that says we’re never gonna tour again or something like that,” said DeMarcus. “We all still love each other.”
But don’t get too excited. DeMarcus also said the group has nothing on the books beyond their Farewell Tour and related new music. “We don’t have any plans right now,” he said.
You can watch Rascal Flatts’ full CBS This Morning interview about their Farewell Tour in the video below. We’re sad to see them go, but can’t wait to celebrate their career and music with them this year!