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Rascal Flatts announces new tour

Wednesday, February 1, 2012 – Rascal Flatts announced today they will launch a brand new tour beginning this summer, "The American Band Tour." The tour will feature an all band set-up with Little Big Town, Eli Young Band and Edens Edge opening.

The shows will begin in Hartford, Conn., on June 15 and go into at least September.

"We are always looking for new ways to re-energize our live shows," said Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts. "We thought bringing out these bands, whom are among some of our favorite vocal groups, would make a great night of entertainment!"

Tour dates are:

June 15 Hartford, CT Comcast Theatre

June 16 Boston, MA Comcast Center

June 23 Washington DC Jiffy Lube Live

June 24 Virginia Beach, VA Farm Bureau Live

June 29 Cleveland, OH Blossom Music Center

June 30 Darien Center, NY Darien Lakes Performing Arts Center

July 6 Bangor, ME Bangor Waterfront Pavilion

July 13 Dallas, TX Superpages.com Center**

July 14 Houston, TX Woodlands Pavilion**

July 20 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theater

July 22 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center

July 27 St Louis, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre

July 28 Chicago, IL First Midwest Bank Amp.

Aug. 9 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre

Aug. 10 Raleigh, NC Time Warner Cable Music Center

Aug. 11 Philadelphia, PA Susquehanna Bank Center

Aug. 31 Indianapolis, IN Klipsch Music Center

Sept. 1 Pittsburgh, PA First Niagara Pavilion

tba Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre

tba San Diego, CA Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre

tba Atlanta, GA Lakewood Amphitheatre

tba Tampa, FL 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre

tba W Palm Beach, FL Cruzan Amphitheatre

**Thompson Square will replace Eli Young Band

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