Rascal Flatts' Rooney becomes honorary Ohioan
Monday, February 11, 2013
– Rascal Flatts took their Change Tour to Columbus, Ohio over the weekend, the hometown and home state of band members Gary LeVox and Jay DeMarcus. Not wanting to leave out band mate Joe Don Rooney, Ohio First Lady Karen Kasich proclaimed him an honorary "Ohioan" for the day and shared "buckeye" candy.
Rascal Flatts tour will continue this weekend in North Charleston, S.C., Greensboro, N.C. and Charlottesville, Va. with The Band Perry and Kristen Kelly opening.
Tour dates are:
Feb. 14 North Charleston, SC North Charleston Coliseum
Feb. 15 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum
Feb. 16 Charlottesville, VA John Paul Jones Arena
Feb. 23 Pikeville, KY EasternKentucky Exposition Center
Feb. 24 Youngstown, OH Covelli Centre
Feb. 28 Topeka, KS Landon Arena
March 1 Jonesboro, AR ASU Convocation Center
March 2 Tupelo, MS BancorpSouth Arena
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