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Rascal Flatts changes

Friday, March 30, 2012 – Rascal Flatts announced today they have re-named their 2012 tour the Farmers Insurance Presents "Changed Tour."

The tour had been called "The American Band Tour." The new name reflects the title of the band's upcoming album, "Changed," due out on Tuesday. The concert line-up will feature an all band set-up with Little Big Town, Eli Young Band and Edens Edge opening as previously announced and launches in Hartford, Conn., on June 15 at the Comcast Theatre.

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 Perf. Arts Center

July 6 Bangor, ME Bangor Waterfront Pavilion

July 13 Dallas, TX ** Gexa Energy Pavilion

July 14 Houston, TX ** Woodlands Pavilion

July 20 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre

July 22 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center

July 27 St Louis, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre

July 28 Chicago, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre

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

Sept. 13 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre

Sept. 14 Irvine, CA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre

Sept. 15 San Diego, CA Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre

Sept. 20 Boise, ID Taco Bell Arena

Sept. 21 Spokane, WA Spokane Arena

Sept. 22 Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome

TBA Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena

TBA Winnipeg, MB MTS Centre

TBA Grand Forks, ND Ralph Engelstad Arena

Oct. 4 Phoenix, AZ Ashley Furniture HomeStore Pavilion

Oct. 5 Albuquerque, NM Hard Rock Presents the Pavilion

Oct. 6 Denver, CO Comfort Dental

Oct. 18 Lexington, KY Rupp Arena

Oct. 20 Atlanta, GA Lakewood Amphitheatre

Oct. 26 Tampa, FL 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre

Oct. 27 W Palm Beach, FL Cruzan Amphitheatre

**Thompson Square will replace Eli Young Band

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Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: The Cadillac Three, Sellers do it their own way – The way The Cadillac Three lead singer Jaren Johnston told it, the band could have had their choice of opening tours this year for the likes of Kenny Chesney, Dierks Bentley and Jake Owen. No go though because the long-haired singer fronting the rough-and-most-definitely ready trio said the band wanted to do it their own way. Based on this most... »»»
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