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Rascal Flatts Talk 2015 Summer Tour, Vegas Residency, Putting 'New Flavor' on Hit Songs

by   Feb 10, 2015 10:47 AM EST

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Rascal Flatts will be spending much of 2015 on the road, but they are making Las Vegas their home away from home this month. Gary LeVox and Co. have a Vegas residency at The Hard Rock from Feb. 25 to March 14 before they head out to see the rest of America on a summer tour. Guitarist Joe Don Rooney told Billboard that this year's shows will focus on a different style of live music by putting a "new flavor" on hit songs.

"I think what we've done is taken songs that have been really big hits for us, and musically, we have done something different -- put a new flavor on them," Rooney said. "We have a different band we're working with now, so we are just taking out some of the background singers and are customizing this show just for Vegas. Then, once we get done with our residency there, we'll come back and put together another show for the summer tour. It's just going to be a new take on our older music, along with some of our newer stuff. It's really been a blast putting it together."

Rooney called the Vegas setting more of an up-close and personal experience.

"It's a different way to see Flatts," he said. "If you've seen us the past eight years, you want to see us like you see us in Vegas."

The group has been one of the most consistent in the modern country genre. They have pumped out nine albums -- including their debut -- since 2000, and the past eight have shot to No. 1 on the country charts.

They dropped Rewind in 2014, but took the latter part of the year off. Now they are back to work.

"It's a definite new season," LeVox said. "We're rejuvenated. This past fall, we had as much time off as we've had in our career -- about two and a half months. For me, my batteries are full, charged and ready to go."

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