HERE COMES GOODBYE

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Rascal Flatts, the country music band announced on the early morning television show “CBS This Morning,” on January 7, that the band will be taking its last tour starting this summer. The Rascal Flatts Farewell: Life Is A Highway Tour will begin its goodbye tour on June 11 in Indianapolis. 

“When we started out 20 years ago, we could not imagine all of the people, places and gifts we would encounter,” lead vocalist and Columbus, Ohio native Gary LeVox said on the show. 

“The greatest feeling ever, is being told that our music has been the soundtrack to their lives. […] That’s why we create music and the reason we can’t wait to celebrate this incredible 20 year journey all year, with our fans who we love dearly,” he continued. 

The band is the most awarded country music group of the last decade. They will wrap up their touring career with more than 40 awards, that includes but is not limited to 2003 to 2007 Country Music Association Vocal Group of the Year and the Academy of Country Music Top Vocal Group.

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The group has announced that after the tour, they will not only say goodbye to touring, but disband as a group entirely. Each band member decided it was time to take on individual projects, but made it clear they could reunite at a later date. 

“I’m most proud of the fact that we’ve pursued our dreams together and with courage, hard-work and dedication we’ve been able to cultivate our dreams into reality—it’s simply incredible!” Joe Don, the lead guitarist of the band, stated. 

Even though the occasion is a sad one, the band hopes to “Rewind” the times with some great music and fun. There are multiple showings coming near the Connersville area with the start of the tour kicking off in Indianapolis on June 11, Detroit on the 12th, Cincinnati on the 13th and Chicago on the 25th of the same month. “What Hurts The Most” may be saying goodbye, but over the past twenty years, the band has had sixteen number one hits to share with the world.