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RASCAL FLATTS PERFORM TO 65,000 FANS DURING WEEKEND SHOWS

BAND SURPRISE FANS AS THEY CRASH “WHY WAIT” WEDDING CHAPEL AND “KARAOKE CHALLENGE” DURING “FLATTS FEST”
NASHVILLE – (July 25, 2011)  –  Over 65,000 fans attended shows this weekend to see Rascal Flatts including 2 sold-out “Flatts Fest” dates in Cincinnati, Ohio and Indianapolis, Indiana.
 Prior to the “Flatts Fest” show in Indianapolis at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater on Saturday,  Rascal Flatts- Gary, Jay and Joe Don- stunned fans when they made an unannounced visit to the “Why Wait” wedding chapel and “Flatts Fest” Karaoke Challenge during a pre-show walk through the festival grounds.
The band surprised the wedding couple, Anthony Payne and Stephani Giveans, who renewed their vows at the “Why Wait” wedding chapel (sponsored by David’s Bridal), and stood by as witnesses to the ceremony.  The wedding was officiated by WFMS radio dj Jim Denny, along with Deb Honeycutt as bridesmaid and Kevin Freeman as the ring bearer, who are also a part of the station’s morning show.
Gary, Jay and Joe Don then jetted onto the stage of the “Flatts Fest” Karaoke Challenge while contestant Jessi Bennett was performing, who won the chance to perform through a pre-show contest hosted by local radio station WLHK.  After a short moment to pull herself together, she finished singing while the guys stood by to cheer her on.  Her performance was followed by the band doing a shortened karaoke version of their hit “Bless The Broken Road,” which began with a slightly revised singing performance by Jay, ever the comedian.
Rascal Flatts debuted their first album on Big Machine Records, NOTHING LIKE THIS, last November at #1 on the country album sales chart and became one of only four country acts to debut six consecutive studio albums at #1.  Since their musical debut in 2000, the band has sold 20 million albums and 25 million digital downloads and delivered 13 #1 singles to the top of the chart.  Rascal Flatts is the most awarded country group of the past decade with over 40 trophies from the American Country Awards, Academy of Country Music, American Music Awards, Country Music Association, People’s Choice Awards and more.  Since their touring career began, they have sold over 6 million concert tickets 
For additional information on Rascal Flatts and their tour go towww.rascalflatts.com or www.livenation.com
2011 “FLATTS FEST” dates:
7-28        Atlanta, GA                          Lakewood
7-29        Charlotte, NC                       Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
7-30        Raleigh, NC                          TWC Music Pavilion
8-4          Detroit, MI                            DTE Energy Music Theatre
8-6          Detroit Lakes, MN**          WE Fest
8-11        Hartford, CT                        Comcast Theatre
8-12        Darien Lake, NY                  Darien Lakes PAC
8-13        Ottawa, ONT**                   Rideau Carelton Raceway-OLG Slots Casino
8-19        Tampa, FL                            1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre
8-20        West Palm Beach, FL         Cruzan Amphitheatre
8-27        Oro Station, ONT**            Burls Creek Family Event Park
9-9          Salt Lake City, UT              USANA Amphitheatre
9-10        Denver, CO                           Comfort Dental Amphitheatre
9-11        Albuquerque, NM                HardRock Casino Albq. Presents The Pavilion
9-15        Sacramento, CA                  Sleep Train Amphitheatre
9-16        Mountain View, CA            Shoreline Amphitheatre
9-17        San Bernardino, CA            San Manuel Amphitheatre
9-18        San Diego, CA                      Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
**Not a “Flatts Fest” date
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