Rascal Flatts’ WE Fest Performance Becomes Giant Singalong
Fans knew every word of Rascal Flatts' set to close Day 1 of WE Fest 2015, so Gary LeVox figured, 'Why not let them sing?' The lead singer held the microphone to the audience during almost every song of the trio's 90-minute performance on Thursday night (August 6), and the crowd was happy to answer.
Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney also took short spells singing solo, which was a change of pace for fans who may not have seen the "Riot" singers in a few years. LeVox was the first to walk onto the rain-soaked stage, beginning "Stand" before his longtime bandmates joined him. From there it was "Me and My Gang" and "What Hurts the Most" before he finally took a moment for a sip of water.
"These Days" was one of the few very early songs performed. Flatts mostly pulled from mid to late 2000s albums like Me and My Gang and Feels Like Today. “Bless the Broken” road was a highlight, as was “My Wish” and “Fast Cars and Freedom.” “Banjo,” from the Changed album, was the rowdiest moment. The full band worked to the front of the stage during this trade between instrumental and vocal exercise. It was as if the show would end there, with bows and waves before an encore. But instead, they started up again, into “Life Is a Highway.”
Unlike Big & Rich earlier in the day, or the always-unpredictable Hank Williams Jr. directly before Rascal Flatts' headlining set, the band stuck to their own music. One surprise came when LeVox introduced "I Like the Sound of That" as their next single from Rewind. Fans can expect to hear on the radio within a month, he indicated. Pop star Meghan Trainor had a hand in writing the uptempo lover.
Day 2 of WE Fest begins Randy Rogers Band and Eric Paslay, before Tyler Farr, Dierks Bentley and headliner Miranda Lambert. Blake Shelton will headline on Saturday night. Tickets for WE Fest 2016 are already on sale.
Watch Rascal Flatts Perform "Rewind" at WE Fest 2015
A Time-Lapse Tour of WE Fest 2015