Not but a month ago the band celebrated selling their 7 millionth Rascal Flatts tickets since becoming a headliner. Now, they have begun releasing concert tickets to see the guys on the road on their journey to reach 10 million. This may be a little bit of a reach, but the guys who introduced country to the next level of pop music are going to be joined by Little Big Town, the Eli Young Band, Edens Edge, and the Band Perry.
This collection of supporting acts is as much homage to the influence of Jay DeMarcus, Gary LeVox, and Joe Don Rooney. This trio did not exactly blaze trails singing about puppy-dog love, as country music has always had as many ballads boasting new love as those lamenting a relationship gone very wrong. Th Flatts simply gave country a contemporary upgrade in terms of sound. So, as Garth Brooks made it ok to demonstrate some production value and quite a bit more humor, these rascals made it Ok to frost some tips and to add a little infectious pop to the chord and lyrics.
Thus, groups like Little Big Town have been able to break out with “Crazy Girl”, The Band Perry has been able to top the charts with “If I Die Young””, and Edens Edge can proclaim “Amen”. Now, the tour is called “Change”. The title and the new album is not about just how the Rascal Flatts changed the genre. It is about how the group has embraced change. LeVox still sings mostly about love, but he also imparts some of his heart ache and the group has tried to balance the love fest with a few tracks about struggle. The one thing the Rascal Flatts are not going to struggle with is selling out these concert dates, though it could be a difficult path to selling 3 million concert tickets over the course of 2013.