Why Did Rascal Flatts Break Up?

After performing together for two decades, Rascal Flatts surprised their fans in January 2020 with the announcement of their farewell tour. Gary LeVox disclosed that he was dissatisfied with the band’s conclusion and hinted at a fracture within the band due to one member quitting.

The announcement marked the end of an era for the band’s fans, who had grown to love their music and performances over the years. In a recent interview with People, former frontman Gary LeVox opened up about the band’s breakup and how he felt about it.

Blaming the Pandemic and Joe Don’s Departure

Gary also blamed the pandemic and the departure of his bandmate for feeling dissatisfied with how Rascal Flatts ended. He said, “[Joe Don leaving] kind of came out of nowhere. It was like, ‘Let me try to wrap my head around this.'” 

It’s evident that Gary was disappointed with how the band’s farewell tour was disrupted by the pandemic. The band was unable to perform together since canceling their farewell tour in May 2020.

LeVox Going Solo

For over two decades, Gary LeVox was the lead vocalist of the iconic country music band, Rascal Flatts. With numerous hits and countless accolades, the band became one of the most influential groups in country music history. 

Gary LeVox’s decision to pursue a solo career has been in the works for some time. LeVox co-wrote a song that he understood wasn’t intended for Rascal Flatts but for him five years before the band disbanded. The song, titled “The Distance,” was released in 2020, and it gave fans a glimpse of what Gary’s solo sound might be like.

Rascal Flatts’s decision to break up was a difficult one, not only for its members but also for their fans. Despite this, the band’s legacy will continue to live on, and they will always be remembered as one of the most successful country music bands of all time.

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