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 Wednesday, March 12, the 71st day of 2014. There are 294 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: Soldiers from the barracks on the Arsenal manage to elude the vigilance of the guard nearly every day and come to town armed. In the hands of excited and perhaps intoxicated men, these weapons are dangerous. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Manufacturing's merchants and professional men of Moline were petitioning the Western Union Telegraph company to establish a telegraph office in the business area of the city. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Three Rock Island students, the Misses Eleanor Cleaveland, Dorothy McCabe and Ruth West, escaped injury when fire destroyed College Hall at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. 1939 -- 75 years ago: The Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War gave a party for William H. Stremmel, the only survivor of John Buford Post 243, GAR. 1964 -- 50 years ago: The East Moline Grade School Board of Education last night granted salary increases totaling about $47,000 to teachers and staff members. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Five champion spellers from the Rock Island/Milan School district were selected after competition this week at Modern Woodmen of America. Winners are Sarah Cottay, Christopher Gilbrich, Jared Vogele, Kedric Roper and Kenny Stevenson.