I consider myself a very lucky lady that I’ve seen Rascal Flatts in concert at least a dozen times since they’ve been touring, even in the Bahamas. But last night at the concert at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas the really lived up to their Vegas Residency title Riot. Not only did they cause one, but they are one.
Joe Don, Gary and Jay are one of the best shows this country girl has seen to date. That’s a huge statement to make, but it doesn’t even feel like it does their show justice. Not to mention Craig Wayne Boyd opening. That man…ohhh that man.
Rascal Flatts’ setlist included every song fans could possibly want to hear from them live, and then some. They played music from each of their albums, making sure that all favorites were covered and nobody left wishing they would have sung something additional. The acoustic three song middle section of the show had Rascal Flatts performing some of their biggest hits … “Mayberry,” “I’m Movin’ On,” and “Prayin’ for Daylight” … stripped down with just some simple instruments and the distinct vocals of Gary LeVox.
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Of course, the guys gave their Flattheads a whole lot of personality, cracking jokes, chatting it up on stage, and mixing music with comedy like no other group does. During the encore, Rascal Flatts thanked their fans for coming to the opening night of Riot in Vegas by singing their Feels Like Today cut “Here’s to You,” a song that tells fans how much they mean to the band. They ended their show on a high note, the country cover of Tom Cochrane’s “Life Is a Highway,” which has become one of Rascal Flatts’ most played songs. Sending a bunch of country fans out into the streets of Vegas with “Life Is a Highway” in their heads was quite apropos because the party surely didn’t stop for Flattheads who were leaving The Joint at Hard Rock when the house lights came on. Chances are, they rode the party bus all night long.
Rascal Flatts is one of the rare acts out there that sounds live exactly how they sound on their albums. They are dependable and reliable, and a show I always know I will have a blast at. So much fun that the next day “what hurts the most” is my aching head from the great time! Regardless, Rascal Flatts nights are always ones I wish I could “rewind.”
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