Rascal Flatts will end 20-year career with ‘Life is a Highway’ farewell tour

Rascal Flatts is ready to hang up its boots. The leading country-pop group will launch its farewell tour this year and is coming to San Diego.
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The top country-pop trio is set to retire after its 2020 farewell tour, which will include October shows at amphitheaters in San Diego and Irvine


It’s “adios!” for top country-pop trio Rascal Flatts, which on Tuesday morning announced that its 2020 “Life is a Highway Tour” will mark the 20-year-old group’s farewell.

The tour will kick off June 11 at Ruoff Music Center in Indianapolis and conclude Oct. 17 in Florida at West Palm Beach’s Coral Sky Amphitheatre.

Two of the dates will take place in Southern California on consecutive nights. The first is Oct. 2 at North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre in Chula Vista, followed by an Oct. 3 concert at FivePoint Amphitheatre in Irvine.

All of the tour dates are listed below.

There is no word yet on when tickets will go on sale or what the price range will be. Nor, as yet, have Rascal Flatts’ three co-founders — Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney — explained exactly why they have decided to disband after 20 years.

In a statement released Tuesday morning on the group’s website, LeVox said: “We can’t wait to celebrate this incredible 20-year journey all year, with our fans who we love dearly. I don’t know what God has in store for the future, but I am excited to see what he has planned!”

Added DeMarcus, in the same statement: “There is no sadness here, just new chapters, new journeys, and new beginnings.”

Whatever the reason for the trio’s split, their farewell trek should be a lucrative one. Between 2005 and 2007 alone, Rascal Flatts grossed $106.5 million in concert tour income.

Rascal Flatts counts Justin Bieber and Shakira among its many recording partners. The group’s glossy, proudly middle-of-the-road sound may not have earned them much critical favor, but the trio’s broad commercial success was undeniable.

“People might think we don’t have an edge, but that’s just a myth. To dispel those rumors, they should come out and see our live show,” said Joe Don Rooney, Rascal Flatts’ lead guitarist, in a 2011 Union-Tribune interview.

“The fans drive our live show and also what we do in the studio. When we’re on stage with all these variables, it’s like mayhem! The energy coming toward the stage (from the fans) is very aggressive, and we have to turn it up to plow through that energy. We can pull it off, because that’s what drives the show.”

Rascal Flatts “Life is a Highway” farewell tour dates

June 11: Indianapolis, Ruoff Music Center

June 12: Detroit, DTE Energy Music Theatre

June 13: Cincinnati, Riverbend Music Center

June 25: Chicago, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

June 27: Pittsburgh, S&T Bank Music Park

July 18: Dallas, Dos Equis Pavilion

July 23: St. Louis, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

September 3: Toronto, Canada, Budweiser Stage

September 4: Cleveland, Blossom Music Center

September 5: Buffalo, New York, Darien Lake Amphitheater

September 10: Raleigh, North Carolina, Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek

September 11: Virginia Beach, Virginia, Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach

September 12: Washington, D.C., Jiffy Lube Live

September 17: Wantagh, New York, Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater

September 18: Boston, Xfinity Center

September 19: Holmdel, New Jersey, PNC Bank Arts Center

October 1: Mountain View, California, Shoreline Amphitheatre

October 2: San Diego, North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre

October 3: Irvine, California, FivePoint Amphitheatre

October 7: Denver, Red Rocks Amphitheatre

October 9: Albuquerque, New Mexico, Isleta Amphitheater

October 10: Phoenix, Ak-Chin Pavilion

October 15: Atlanta, Ameris Bank Amphitheatre

October 16: Tampa, Florida, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre

October 17: West Palm Beach, Florida, Coral Sky Amphitheatre