Gary LeVox on Rascal Flatts: ‘I Hate the Way That It Ended’

Gary LeVox on Rascal Flatts: ‘I Hate the Way That It Ended’

With the pandemic stopping their 20th anniversary farewell tour, Rascal Flatts lead vocalist Gary LeVox told People Friday he wasn’t happy with how the band ended – on multiple fronts.

“I’ve never been OK with the way that it ended,” LeVox said. “I wasn’t happy that Joe Don quit.”

LeVox said Joe Don Rooney’s departure from the band, which boasted 16 number one hits on Billboard Hot Country Songs and seven platinum albums, “kind of came out of nowhere.”

“It was like, ‘Let me try to wrap my head around this,'” LeVox recalled. “And then I certainly wasn’t OK with the pandemic, which canceled everything. I hate the way that it ended. I hate that we didn’t get to do this farewell tour. I can’t stand the fact that it just feels there’s no closure with something that we’ve been so blessed with. That will always be in my heart.”

No comment was given Rooney or bassist Jay Demarcus, according to the outlet.