Are Rascal Flatts Rethinking Their 2020 Retirement?

Could they re-schedule their lost farewell tour?

Written by Chris Parton
Are Rascal Flatts Rethinking Their 2020 Retirement?
Rascal Flatts; Photo Credit: Robby Klein

After 20 years of hits (and non-stop travel), Rascal Flatts retired in 2020 — but it didn’t go like it was supposed to. The country trio booked a huge coast-to-coast tour and were ready to ride into the sunset, saying goodbye after massive, year-long farewell celebration. And then COVID-19 hit.

Obviously, the pandemic robbed the band and their fans of their chance for one last concert run, and Flatts opted to release an EP titled How They Remember You instead. But now, it seems like they might be having second thoughts about this whole “retirement” thing.

Speaking with Audacy’s KISS Country 99.9, Rascal Flatts member Jay DeMarcus admitted that they still have some unfinished business to take care of.

“The short answer is, I can’t imagine that at some point we won’t go back out and do it one more time,” DeMarcus says, asked if the band will reschedule their farewell tour. “I don’t know what the future will hold. I know that the year that we lost brought a lot of things into perspective for us and made us take stock of maybe some of the things we took for granted. … I feel like all of us have great regard for what we built together and honor the music we’ve made together.”

If the band were to re-book their lost tour, it wouldn’t be totally surprising. The trio never split up, so it’s not like they can’t be around each other. And each member has kept their skill sharp with a side project. DeMarcus has been running his Christian music record label, Red Street Records, while Gary LeVox has begun a solo career and Joe Don Rooney is focusing on songwriting.

But if what DeMarcus says is true, maybe Rascal Flatts isn’t over just yet.