Rascal Flatts did a little Las Vegas rehearsal in Los Angeles Wednesday night. The country trio, set to begin their residence at Sin City’s Hard Rock Hotel and Casino next week, brought two songs sure to be on their Vegas set-list to Jimmy Kimmel Live. Watch above as lead singer Gary LeVox’s voice soars on the group’s new single, “Riot,” on ABC’s late-night talk show. He jokes that helium is on the Flatts’ concert rider so that he can hit all those high notes on the song.
“The vocal was a fluke,” LeVox tells Rolling Stone Country of first recording “Riot.” “But it worked on that song and it’s a really fun song to sing. It claims and declares so much passion. It was a day where I got in the mode, in the story, and I was thrilled to be able to sing it.”
“‘Riot’ is one of the songs that we felt strongest about from the first day on the record,” adds guitarist-pianist Jay DeMarcus. “[Songwriters] Sara Haze and Jaren Boyer did a fantastic job crafting that piece of music.”
The trio’s West Coast trip also included a stop at Miramonte Elementary School to visit fifth graders and donate instruments to the school. There, they presented Little Kids Rock, a non-profit music education initiative, with a check for $150,000.
Dubbed “Rascal Flatts’ Vegas Riot!,” the country group’s nine-concert residency at the Joint, a 4,000-seat venue inside the Hard Rock, begins February 25th. The Voice winner Craig Wayne Boyd will open the shows.
“The only time I’ve been to the Joint was to see Jeff Beck, about five years ago,” says guitarist Joe Don Rooney. “I love the intimate setting. We all three do. It’s something we haven’t gotten to do in awhile.”