Rascal Flatts are opening up about some scares on the road when a bomb threat was called in to their Indiana concert stop, cutting their performance short.
“It’s scary because apparently, they found it credible enough that the person had called like four times and it was supposed to go off at 10:44. And at 10:44 he called and said. ‘It’s 10:44’ and hung up,” the band’s Gary LeVox’s tells ET Canada. “Anything can happen at any time. And you know we’re in a public place with, you know, all of our fans. And, you know, there’s just lunatics out there that just want to do something, you know, to get attention.”
“At that point though security did a great job. I mean cause they didn’t come out and say there’s been a bomb threat and people running and start stampeding each other. They just said, ‘There’s been a security threat’ and we need to exit the facility as soon as possible,” Joe Don Rooney adds.
“We have to take all the precautions we can take. And the police have definitely done it. All the venues have been doing it,” LeVox explains. “And so it’s been fantastic and you know we’ll just hope and pray that, you know, just get on and rock and everybody’s here to have a good time and that’s what we’re here to provide that for them.”
No arrests have been made on the threat and though it turned out to be a hoax, the country music trio is taking their fans’ safety seriously, beefing up security at their shows. But, sometimes accidents still happen.
Bandmember Jay DeMarcus is missing from ET Canada’s interview thanks to a little mishap that took place moments before the cameras started rolling. DeMarcus had a painful accident that had him tear off his toenail and needed medical help. He may have missed our interview, but still made it back to take the stage in Toronto – minus a toenail.
Now, Rascal Flatts are celebrating 20 years of music, 23 million albums sold and 16 number one hits as they hit the road on their “Back To Us” tour.
“When you love what you do, and you’re so blessed and fortunate enough to get to do things like we get to do as Rascal Flatts. Time just really truly flies. It has been one big party and the fans have driven this bus for us all these years and has been on this journey with us. And gosh we’ll continue on for another 20 if they’ll have us,” Rooney says.