Country superstars Rascal Flatts will roll back into Moline's i wireless Center Friday night at 7:30 p.m., the second date on the winter leg of their"Changed Tour," which starts tonight in Green Bay, Wis.
The band was the fourth-top-selling event of the year at the i wi in both 2011 and 2010. Another big country trio on this tour, The Band Perry, played the Moline arena in February 2012, opening for Brad Paisley, and headlined the Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport on Aug. 1.
Rascal Flatts has sold more than 21 million albums and 25 million digital downloads. The trio has seen 13 singles hit the top of the charts, spending more than eight months collectively at No. 1. The band has won more than 40 major awards, including seven Academy of Country Music trophies and six Country Music Association awards for Vocal Group of the Year. The trio has added to its resume a Grand Ole Opry membership and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
TheMinneapolis Star wrote of a concert: "Country music's best-selling trio of all time brought lots of harmonies, a little humor and imaginative video. They came across as committed, fun-loving, crowd-pleasing entertainers." And the Orange County Register said Rascal Flatts' performance of "What Hurts the Most" in their encore at a September show "definitely helped put the show over the top as the best country performance of the fading summer season."
A sibling trio, The Band Perry has earned ACM New Artist of the Year honors and the CMT Music Award Breakthrough Video of the Year. The band's platinum, self-titled debut album features two gold-certified hits – the love ballad "All Your Life" and cheatin' anthem "You Lie" – as well as the trio's breakout, quadruple-platinum No. 1 smash, "If I Die Young."
Priced at $27.75, $52.75 and $62.75, tickets for Friday's show (with opener Kristen Kelly) are available at the arena box office, (800) 745-3000 and livenation.com.
Today is Tuesday, Dec. 10, the 344th day of 2013. There are 21 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: We give "the government" the benefit of our circulation free of charge, for two advertisements for mules, horses and forage. 1888 -- 125 years ago: The official board of the First Methodist Church voted to build a new church. 1913 -- 100 years ago: W.A. Reid was elected commander of Siboney Bay Camp No. 8, United Spanish War Veterans. 1938 -- 75 years ago: Mrs. Blanche S. Osborne, of Rock Island, is the only woman in the city who is a member of the American Legion. 1963 -- 50 years ago: The Rocket Barbershop Chorus, under the direction of Howard Mesecher, will present a concert of barbershop songs at the December meeting of the Woman's Club of Moline at 2 Saturday afternoon in Scottish Rite Cathedral. 1988 -- 25 years ago: Helen A. Stone, of Moline, traded her organ's bench for a seat in the pew when she retired as church organist of Union Congregational Church, Moline, recently. She's been playing either piano or organ for the church for 61 years.