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Sept. 13, 2006

Gary and the "gang" rock out Nissan Pavilion

by Elsi Wu, Online Sports Editor
You know you're at a country concert when cowboy boots, hats, and Daisy Duke's are just staples of the regular attire. Armed with burgers, beers, and big voices, all of the area's hillbillies were out in full force in Bristow, VA to celebrate the reigning group in country, Rascal Flatts.

With an aptitude for powerful ballads such as their hit single "What Hurts the Most" and catchy rock-n'-roll infused tunes like "Me and My Gang," Rascal Flatts is on the road again promoting their latest, already multi-platinum album with the Me and My Gang tour hitting 38 cities across the U.S. and Canada.

The Bristow show was opened by country veteran Gary Allan who himself has released two back-to-back platinum albums. The sold-out crowd warmed up to Allan's smooth tunes including a country radio favorite, "Nothing on but the Radio" as well as his latest single "Best I Ever Had." Unfortunately Allan's performance didn't differ much from simply blasting the car radio. Except for one very impressive guitar solo by Allan's lead guitarist, but even that seemed excessive after a few minutes. Overall, Allan's performance was a little lack-luster and it seemed like people couldn't wait to get up and grab some grub when the set was over.

The crowd's excitement really hit the roof when the lights dimmed and the stage erupted in a flood of warning lights and sounds. The boys emerged from behind a silhouette and immediately launched into "Where You Are," a song from their last album "Feels Like Today." The song choice was questionable, considering the single is neither on their new album nor a top tune on Rascal's last album. Nonetheless, the staging made up for the song choice with choreographed pyrotechnics and waterfall images to accompany the lyrics "You're a waterfall washing over me/I'm a thirsty man let me drink you in."

With the audience singing along to every word, Rascal then performed "Love You Out Loud," a hit from their sophomore album "Melt." After a heartfelt shout-out to the Bristow crowd, Rascal really kicked into the rock-n'-roll vibe with "Me and My Gang," the single after which the tour is named.

The group's front man, Gary LeVox, expertly worked the crowd to keep the energy at a soaring level, while guitarist Joe Don Rooney and drummer (bassist and pianist) Jay DeMarcus broke out into solos. The group's jaw-dropping chemistry was the most impressive part of the entire show, especially when Jay and a back-up drummer faced off in a friendly showdown by playing short blurbs from rock classics such as Aerosmith's "Walk this Way" and AC/DC's "Back in Black."

Rascal Flatts also performed several moving ballads which are the bread and butter of their albums. During "Skin," a song about a leukemia victim finding her first true love, the crowd used cell phones as makeshift lighters, filling the entire theater with blue lights.

Another crowd favorite was "What Hurts the Most," Rascal's most popular single from their latest album. The song was set up by a short clip from the music video, depicting a young girl breaking down because of a relationship gone sour, very representative of the lyrics "What hurts the most/Was being so close/And having so much to say/And watching you walk away."

The show as a whole was a huge crowd-pleaser. From the songs to the playful onstage banter, Rascal Flatts made it clear that they are country's biggest band in both album and concert sales.

The band wrapped up the show with their remake of the classic, "Life is a Highway," recorded for Disney's "Cars." The ending was right on point, featuring a song with a catchy chorus, "Life is a highway/I wanna ride it all night long/If you're going my way/I wanna drive you all night long," and the classic country star signoff: a quick, sincere tribute to God and our men and women overseas. From the staging, to special effects to the band's electric performance, the show could not have been better.



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  • Sarah (View Email) on September 14, 2006 at 12:24 PM
    It's refreshing to read a review that expolits our boys in all their glory! Thank you for capturing the essence of Rascal Flatts...
  • Marsha Wooten (View Email) on September 15, 2006 at 6:29 AM
    Thanks SOOOOO much for the AWESOME review!

    Are you SURE you are not a closet RF fan???

    You sound like you could be right there with us at the FAM... (their ever growing Fan Club of 169,000+ members)!

    Having loved the guys for 5 years, and watching them finally gain the respect and admiration they so incredibly deserve.... good reviews are an absolute joy to teh die hard RF FAM members like me!

    So glad you liked it.... like we say on the boards after show (where we all offer up our prespective on the shows) they outdo themselves each and everytime! I am still a "baby" when it comes to live shows attended with these guys at 5, but they have blown me away every single time. A friend of mine attended her 21st RF (yep you heard me right) last night in Knoxville and her words were "it was the best BY far!"

    These guys are absolutely incredible! Mark my words... 5 years from now they will still be at the top!

    Thanks again~ we love great reviews!
  • Tracy (View Email) on September 15, 2006 at 2:54 PM
    It's great to finally read a positive review of our boys! I attended the Va Beach concert and it was by far the best I have ever attended. Thank you for such a great review!
  • (View Email) on September 16, 2006 at 5:29 PM
    Sorry, "What Hurts the Most" is a ripoff from Mark Wills, and I have to say I like his version much better. I'm sure neither of them wrote it, but I know I loved Mark Wills's version and then started hearing this version, and I was a bit dissapointed.
  • AnotherFan (View Email) on September 17, 2006 at 3:17 PM
    I think it is very rude what you wrote about Gary Allan...
    "Unfortunately Allan's performance didn't differ much from simply blasting the car radio. Except for one very impressive guitar solo by Allan's lead guitarist, but even that seemed excessive after a few minutes. Overall, Allan's performance was a little lack-luster and it seemed like people couldn't wait to get up and grab some grub when the set was over."

    That is so rude of you and if you took a look around everyone loved this man!!!
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