CMT Insider: Rascal Flatts at Wrigley Field

Band Attracted 37,000 Fans for Their First Show as Stadium Headliners

The three members of Rascal Flatts were in the zone Saturday (July 18) when they became the first country act to perform a concert at Chicago’s historic Wrigley Field. With Vince Gill and Darius Rucker opening the show, it also marked the first time Rascal Flatts have headlined a stadium show.

The concert attracted 37,000 fans — a fact that was not lost on the trio of Gary LeVox, Joe Don Rooney and Jay DeMarcus. In a preshow interview with CMT Insider, they talked about what the show meant to them.

LeVox: Being the first country act ever [to perform at the stadium], it’s something we’ll be able to forever have as a feather in our cap and hopefully start something great for the city of Chicago and for country music as a whole.

Rooney: We are baseball fans. We’re fans of all sports. We just love them all, but I haven’t been to Wrigley Field until this week. The first time ever — and it’s for music, obviously — but I definitely want to come back for a baseball game at some point. It’s pretty special that we’re getting to be on this amazing piece of property for music and what we do for a living.

DeMarcus: This has been the first [stadium show] we’ve headlined, so it’s a pretty momentous occasion for us because we have all the responsibility for this. … All of our crew, all of our set is out there. It’s the first time we’ve shouldered all the responsibility, which is a pretty big deal for us. We look forward to many more to come

LeVox: The history here is amazing. To be able to be a part of it and to stand on that field doing something on your own, it’s a phenomenal feeling.