Rascal Flatts Say Farewell Tour Isn’t “Goodbye” – May Continue Working Together
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In January, Rascal Flatts announced that after 20 years of touring and recording together, they were going to embark on a Farewell Tour this year. The news shocked country fans, who immediately wondered if a riff in the group was the reason for the tour.
But the members made it clear there is no animosity between them. Instead, they said they decided now was the time to say “farewell” and take a much-needed break.
When announcing the Farewell Tour on CBS This Morning, Rascal Flatts’ lead vocalist Gary LeVox said they simply needed to slow things down after 20 years of basically non-stop touring:
“We haven’t really had a break in 20 years,” LeVox said. “We haven’t had time to reflect.”
But even though the group is embarking on a final tour, they are still willing to work together in the future.
During that initial interview, group member Jay DeMarcus made it clear they weren’t going to end their working relationship after the Farewell Tour:
“We’re not gonna sign some pact that says we’re never gonna tour again or something like that,” DeMarcus said during the trio’s visit to CBS This Morning. “We all still love each other.”
DeMarcus doubled down on those comments while speaking at the Country Radio Seminar in Nashville.
CMT quotes DeMarcus, who once again clarified that just because they’re saying “farewell” for now, they’re not saying “goodbye” forever. But he also wanted fans to know the band has no plans to work on any projects or perform in the immediate aftermath of the Farewell Tour:
“And we haven’t signed a pact to say we’re never going to work together ever again,” DeMarcus said. “This isn’t a ploy to get your money to come out and see this tour so that we can turn around next year. There are no immediate plans to do any more Rascal Flatts show past October 30th.”
He later went on to explain that they view this tour as less of a “goodbye” and more of a celebration:
“Twenty years is a long time in any business, and we’ve never had the opportunity to take a deep breath, and go, ‘You know what, we’ve really done some remarkable things in a 20-year career,” DeMarcus said.
You can listen to Rascal Flatts speak more in-depth about their Farewell Tour by watching their initial announcement about it on CBS This Morning. Catch that video below.