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.