Congratulations Rascal Flatts!
Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney newest members of the Grand Ole Opry
Last night, September 27, 2011 Vince Gill, long time friend and hero to Joe Don Rooney, Gary LeVox and Jay DeMarcus appeared on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry to hand Joe Don the guitar that he would use for the next song. The surprised Joe Don announced "I got a new guitar tech by the way guys" to Gary and Jay as Gill made his way to the circle. Vince Gill then explains that he played golf with the three about a week ago and he "kicked the crap outta them" so he was there to collect his winnings of $500. After a minute of promising to he would not leave the stage without his money Vince becomes serious about his true mission. He tells his friends that they Rascal Flatts have been chosen to become the newest members of the Grand Ole Opry family. It was obvious that the men of Rascal Flatts were overcome with emotion as the packed house of the Opry roared with approval.
Watch the video below to see Vince Gill surprise long time friends Joe Don Rooney, Gary LeVox and Jay DeMarcus with the news that Rascal Flatts and their fans have longed to hear.
In one very sweet short second Rascal Flatts went from being the Special Guest to becoming the newest members of the Grand Ole Opry family. Watch the second half of this historic evening as Rascal Flatts are joined by Vince Gill performing Gill's song Whenever You Come Around.
Rascal Flatts will be officially inducted Saturday, October 8, 2011 at the 86th Birthday Bash for the Grand Ole Opry. There are a few tickets left that may be purchased here .
A final note to Gary, Jay and Joe Don ...
There are not adequate words to express what this achievement means to your fans ... your fam and the pride we felt, the tears of joy we shed as your friend Vince Gill extended the Opry invitation. We believe in you and your gift of music touches our hearts and souls. We laugh and cry embraced by the lyrics and melodies you have given us. We love deeper and fight battles harder encouraged by the words you share through your musical expressions that are passionate and personal to our very lives. You have given us so much and our response is to love you, holding you in our hearts as though each of you are a part of us. To be a part of the Opry family is an honor that we have wanted for you and to us, your fam, this acknowledgement is as priceless as each of you. Congratulations!!