Rascal Flatts launches leg two of tour
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
– Rascal Flatts will launch the second leg of the "Nothing Like This Tour" this Friday, Jan. 14 in Sioux Falls, S.D. with opening acts Luke Bryan and Chris Young. The tour with then wrap in Oklahoma City, Okla. on March 12.
When Rascal Flatts closed the first leg of the "Nothing Like This Tour" in October 2010, the band had performed for more than 650,000 fans in all of 2010, including earlier shows on their "Unstoppable Tour." Since their touring career began, they have sold more than 6 million concert tickets.
Rascal Flatts - Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney - debuted their first album on Big Machine Records, "Nothing Like This," in November at number 1 on the country album sales chart and became one of only four country acts to debut six consecutive studio albums at the top spot.
Tour dates are:
Jan. 14 Sioux Falls, SD Sioux Falls Arena
Jan. 15 Rapid City, SD Rushmore Civic Center
Jan. 21 St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center
Jan. 22 Omaha, NE Qwest Center
Jan. 27 Lexington, KY Rupp Arena
Jan. 28 Dayton, OH Nutter Center
Jan. 29 Champaign, IL Assembly Hall
Feb. 3 Cedar Park, TX Cedar Park Center
Feb. 4 New Orleans, LA New Orleans Arena
Feb. 5 Tupelo, MS Bancorp South Arena
Feb. 17 Erie, PA Erie Civic Center
Feb. 18 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
Feb. 24 Rochester, NY Blue Cross Arena
Feb. 25 Uniondale, NY Nassau Coliseum
Feb. 26 Manchester, NH Verizon Wireless Arena
March 4 Moline, IL iWireless Center *(no Luke)
March 5 Springfield, MO JQH Arena
March 6 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
March 12 Oklahoma City, OK Oklahoma City Center
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