Singer Joe reflects on Don Rooney’s exit and how the pandemic affected the band’s tour schedule
Gary LeVox is still upset over the way Rascal Flatts parted.
LeVox, the country trio of Don Rooney and Jay DeMarcus, best known for chart-topping hits such as “Bless the Broken Road,” “My Wish,” and “What Hurts the Most.” But things got complicated in 2020 when the trio appeared on “CBS This Morning” to announce that they were going on a farewell tour called “Rascal Flatts Farewell: Life Is a Highway Tour.”
The tour never started due to the coronavirus pandemic. Levaux said Rooney also stepped down unexpectedly.
Reflecting on the group’s demise, for an interview with People this week, Levaux accepted He’s “never been okay with the way it ended.”
“I wasn’t happy that Joe Don left,” he revealed, adding that his bandmate’s departure “came out of nowhere.”
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“It was like, ‘Let me try to wrap my head around this.’ And then I certainly wasn’t okay with the pandemic that canceled everything. I hate the way it ended. I hate that we didn’t get to do this farewell tour. I can not stand the fact that it just feels like there’s no closure with what we’re doing Therefore blessed with. It will always be in my heart.”
Since the breakup, Levaux began working on his solo career and put out singles including “The Distance” and “Working on Sunday”. He confirmed that he is “loving it,” and said he is inspired by his faith.
“I know he called me to do this. I’m just going to be on my way. I know what to do, and I love it. There’s no better feeling than making people feel something That you did,” he said.
Although the band is history, a look at Rascal Flatts’ verified Instagram account reveals that they are still updating their fans with milestones. On September 30, the account reposted DeMarcus’ mention of the 17th anniversary of the album “Feels Like Today”.
DeMarcus wrote, “This week marks 17 years since this album was released?
DeMarcus, too, continues to release his own music and continues to run Red Street Records. Meanwhile, Rooney is working on collaborations with emerging artists. Recently, news broke that he was arrested for a DUI in Nashville.
Levaux said he has not spoken to Rooney since his arrest in September, but was “heartbroken” by the news.
“But you know what? I think God gets your attention in different ways. I just wish him the best, and I hope he gets everything he needs to be okay and whatever.” Take care of the issues that are going on. There is power in prayer,” Levaux said.
Rooney was reportedly not hurt.
LeVox is going on tour this month, with its first stop on October 14 in Evansville, Indiana.