Okay, so this is a WHOA! headline of the day: “Gary LeVox Says Rascal Flatts’ Joe Don Rooney Quit the Band.” Well, this is truly news to us. First, we had the chance to sit down with the band for a HUGE interview back in2019, right before Covid hit. Not long after that, it was announced they would be taking off on a “farewell tour” in 2020. Then, post-pandemic, they just decided in the wake of that cancelled tour, that they’d just go their separate ways. Okay, seemed a bit of a swerve, but whatever.
Last month, RF member Joe Don Rooney was arrested for DUI. Look, we all make mistakes, so who are any of us to judge. However, this incident seems to have opened up the door for Gary LeVox (lead singer of Rascal Flatts) to shed a little more light on the bands breakup. “I’ve never been okay with the way that it ended. I wasn’t happy that Joe Don quit.” He also added, “I hate the way that it ended. I can’t stand the fact that it just feels there’s no closure with something that we’ve been so blessed with.”
Wow. This is a lot. Since Gary’s comments came out, Rooney has not responded. I sure hope these guys find a way to work together again to at least get some closure. Twenty years of success is a too much to let go like this.