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, Dec. 11, the 345th day of 2013. There are 20 days left in the year. 1863 — 150 years ago: The message of Abraham Lincoln, read in congress yesterday, is published in full in our paper today, with a new proclamation relating the terms upon which states can return to the union. 1888 — 125 years ago: An appropriation has been made by congress for the improvement of the upper Mississippi River with $200,000 set aside for the portion of the river between Keokuk and the mouth of the Illinois River. 1913 — 100 years ago: Work of remodeling First Swedish Lutheran Church at 4th Avenue and 14th Street was nearly completed. 1938 — 75 years ago: An unexplained outbreak of tularemia (rabbit fever) in the state has Illinois public health officials puzzled. Ten persons have died, and 243 are officially reported ill with the infection. 1963 — 50 years ago: A dramatic, multi-million dollar riverfront improvement project for the downtown area of Rock Island was unveiled at a meeting of 200 civic leaders at noon today. 1988 — 25 years ago: For several supporters of the Dispatch Goodfellow/Argus Santa program their donation is a year long project. Emma Pugh and Anne Persinger spent a good part of their spare time this year knitting forty pairs of mittens and slippers.