Last year, Gary LeVox, Joe Don Rooney and Jay DeMarcus appeared on CBS This Morning and announced that their 20th-anniversary tour would also be the official farewell tour for Rascal Flatts, as each wanted to pursue other creative endeavors. However, the COVID-19 pandemic halted the tour plans, and those Flatts dates were never rescheduled.
Now, in an interview with People, LeVox says there is more to the story and that the band’s breakup was initiated by Rooney.
“I’ve never been okay with the way that it ended,” LeVox told the outlet, adding, “I wasn’t happy that Joe Don quit.”
“It kind of came out of nowhere,” LeVox said. “It was like, ‘Let me try to wrap my head around this.’ And then I certainly wasn’t okay with the pandemic, which canceled everything. I hate the way that it ended. I hate that we didn’t get to do this farewell tour. I can’t stand the fact that it just feels there’s no closure with something that we’ve been so blessed with. That will always be in my heart.”
As the group’s 2020 tour dates were already on hold due to the pandemic, the group disbanded quietly, with LeVox pursuing a solo career and releasing the recent Christian album One on One. Meanwhile, DeMarcus released a tribute to his late father with “Music Man,” and also runs the CCM label Red Street Records.
In August, Rooney joined DeMarcus at the the ACM Honors ceremony to accept the Cliffie Stone Icon Award for Rascal Flatts, though LeVox was not in attendance. Last month, Rooney was charged with a DUI near Nashville. LeVox told People he has not spoken with Rooney since the incident.
“I think God gets your attention in different ways,” LeVox told People. “I just wish him the best and I hope he gets everything that he needs to get well and take care of whatever issues he’s got going on. There’s power in prayer.”
According to LeVox’s official website, he has several solo shows slated through October and November.