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IN CONCERT: Rascal Flatts - Scranton PA

Discussion in 'Concert Reviews' started by ChrisKellieFan, Aug 15, 2010.

  1. ChrisKellieFan

    ChrisKellieFan Kellie Fan

    WHEN/WHERE: 7:30 Friday at Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain

    THE SHORT WORD: Rascal Flatts celebrated 10 years together with another standout performance – just like the one last summer – on Montage Mountain on Friday night. The best-selling trio excited its fans from the first moments it stepped on stage. Later, the band promised to sing “all of your favorites for the next couple hours” even though it was already seven songs into its set at that point.

    The first song, “Bob That Head,” began literally with a bang, and featured dancing girls in silhouette on two large screens, fire, flashing lights, song lyrics displayed in large letters coming right off the screens and into the audience, and more fire.

    Friday’s show was kicked off with an impressive six-song, 25-minute set by Chris Young and revved into high gear by Kellie Pickler, who earned a smattering of a standing ovation after her equally impressive nine-song, 40-minute set.

    THE HIGHLIGHTS: Young’s highlights included his outstanding versions of his two No. 1 hits – “The Man I Want To Be” and “Gettin’ You Home (The Little Black Dress Song)” – and new single “Voices.” Pickler scored on her opener “Best Days Of Your Life,” “Don’t You Know You’re Beautiful” and her set-closing “Red High Heels.” Early highlights for Rascal Flatts (the group took the stage at about 9:10 and was only about 10 songs into its set when this report was written) included opening number “Bob That Head,” which was a true spectacle in every sense of the word, “Mayberry” and “I’m Movin’ On.” Other early standouts were “This Everyday Love,” “Prayin’ For Daylight” and “Feels Like Today.”

    THE SURPRISES: Pickler sounded very much like her idol Dolly Parton on a medley of Parton’s “Jolene” and “Two Doors Down.” She said that she grew up listening to very traditional country (which is not always evident in her music as there is nary a fiddle, banjo or pedal steel within earshot), and listed Parton and Loretta Lynn as two of the major reasons she got into country music. (Parton introduced Pickler to the crowd via video from Dollywood a little bit earlier in the evening.) Rascal Flatts did some outstanding harmonies on snippets of the Eagles’ “Take It To The Limit” and Journey’s “Open Arms.”

    FAST FACTS: Rascal Flatts – the trio of Gary LeVox (lead vocals), Jay DeMarcus (bass guitar and vocals) and Joe Don Rooney (lead guitar and vocals) – was formed in 2000, and the group’s self-titled debut album came out in June of that same year. Over the past 10 years, the trio has released six studio albums, one live album, two compilation albums and 27 singles – 10 of which have reached No. 1 on the Billboard Country chart. Rascal Flatts’ biggest crossover successes both came in 2006 with its remake of “Life Is A Highway” (from the animated film “Cars”), which reached No. 7 on the Hot 100 and sold over 1 million copies even though it was never officially shipped to radio as a single, and “What Hurts The Most,” which reached No. 6 on the Hot 100 (and No. 1 on the Country chart). Kellie Pickler finished in sixth place on the fifth season of “American Idol” in 2006 and first toured with Rascal Flatts in 2007. She has also toured with Brad Paisley, Sugarland and Taylor Swift. Chris Young, the winner of the televised “Nashville Star” competition in 2006, has released two albums and has hit No. 1 twice on the Country singles chart with “Gettin’ You Home (The Black Dress Song)” and “The Man I Want To Be.” He appeared at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza with Alan Jackson and Josh Turner in May.

    THE CROWD: The official attendance figure was not available at press time. It seemed a bit empty when Chris Young started at 7:30 but the crowd kept growing in size and volume as the evening progressed. The frenzied fans had no trouble lighting up the oversized guitar/sound meter at 9:10 and getting Rascal Flatts on stage quicker.

    UP NEXT: The next show at Montage will be KISS with three opening bands, including local band The SilenTreatment, starting at 6:30 today.

    -Brad Patton

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